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I admit, I'm still quite a bit pessimistic, and I think he unfortunately has an excellent shot of gaining a second term.  The reason is that my fellow Kansans are, taken as a whole, flippin' morons who incessantly vote time and again against their best interests. And I've said it since day 1 that there will be nothing that shocks me about what Governor Brownback will say or do.  He was a complete asshole in the U.S. Senate, and that has changed very little now that he's our Governor. If anything, he's even a bigger asshole now that he's the bigger fish in a smaller pond.

So despite my reservation on the potential negative impact this may have on his approval ratings and future election hopes, I can't help but wonder if he's gone a little too far this time:

Brownback administration pushes to repeal restrictions on corporate agriculture; opponents say family farms will suffer

Backed by powerful agricultural interests, Gov. Sam Brownback's administration on Friday pushed to repeal corporate farming restrictions, saying the repeal would grow the Kansas economy.

But other groups, such as the Kansas Farmers Union and Kansas Rural Center, said the repeal would hurt family farmers and destroy local control

Reap it, rural Kansans. You voted this turd in.  Since he's helped to screw over the poor, the kids, the elderly, females, and the disabled, maybe now you'll see how big of an asshole he is along with his Koch-bought Wingnut state Congress once they help bankrupt your family farms.

Again, sadly I have my doubts.  Because you really are that stupid.

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  •  my guess is that his proposal will enable out of (11+ / 0-)

    state corporations to come in and buy up farm land at inflated prices and to engage in speculation of that land so as to create another real estate bubble to pop at some future date.

    Problem is that we have already seen this.  In the 1880s, the MidWest saw its first megafarms of thousands of acres tended by sharecroppers or employees and overseen by various levels of managers.  These megafarms collapsed of their own size and inefficiency.

    The bubble I witnessed was the bubble of the 1980s when insurance companies and other investors bought up large tracts of land, driving the price from $1000 to $6000/acre.  This was on the speculation that soybean prices would stay at $12/b and corn would rise to $5/b.  This did not happen as commodities corrected and soybean prices stabilized around $3.50/b and corn at $2/b (from memory).
    Land plummeted and there was a massive sell off of "inventory" by the investors with land falling to less than $1000 acres.  For those with cash this was a marvelous time but for family farmers who depended on their land to secure operating loans, it meant a credit crunch and no cash flow to operate, so they went under with the investors

  •  anyone voting republican deserves what they get. (7+ / 0-)

    and the GOP will give it to them good and hard. what used to surprise me, but no longer does, are those people who've lost jobs, houses, pension funds, etc., as a consequence of republican policies, but say they'll vote republican, because (name the candidate) supports "family values". people like that cannot be helped, the decent thing would be to euthenize them.

  •  Back in the day (7+ / 0-)

    Kansas farmers weren't so conservative...

    Champions of populism wrote newspaper articles and toured the country delivering lectures on the reform movement. Mary Elizabeth Lease and Annie Diggs, both of Kansas, became popular advocates of the People’s Party. Though the two women disagreed on certain principles, they each helped place Populist candidates in office. Lease became one of the best-known Populists in the state. She believed in racial and gender equality and claimed, “Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street.” Diggs wrote for Populist newspapers and “became convinced that the reforms which we sought were after all economical rather than moral questions.”

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 01:36:59 PM PST

    •  What era was this? (0+ / 0-)

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 03:41:00 PM PST

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    •  Up through the 1990s, Kansas Democrats (3+ / 0-)
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      usually controlled the legislature.

      In 1992, Clinton won election, but lost statehouses across the nation due to the DNCs 'swing state only' strategy.  Kansas legislature has been heavy with Republicans ever since.

      Kansas has had some very good Democratic governors, including Kathleen Sebelius who went to work for Obama as Sec of HHS.

      This may be Brownback's bridge too far.  Corporate farming has been a the third rail of Kansas politics for decades. In fact, it wasn't too long ago the legislature was thinking up more restrictions on corporate farming.  He's going to damage his rural standing with this position.

      It's almost like he knows he is in for one term only, so wreck as much as possible as quickly as possible.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 11:50:45 PM PST

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  •  They'll just blame the "liberals" (9+ / 0-)

    I had a co-worker in 2005. One day we were reading the news together before work began and I mentioned a story about some Marines being killed in an amphibious vehicle in Iraq. The reason they were in an amphibious vehicle was because they didn't have an armored vehicle to be in. When I wondered aloud why that would be so, he huffed, "F***ing Liberals!". I pointed out that at the time, we had a Republican President, a Republican controlled Senate and House of Representatives and 7 out of nine Supreme Court justices were registered Republicans. Just where in the hell were the "liberals" he was whining about? He didn't have an answer for that but he didn't stop blaming us for deaths in Iraq. I think cognitive dissonance must be a requirement to be a conservative.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 01:52:06 PM PST

  •  Investors don't "Invest" any more (7+ / 0-)

    Whenever I hear the word "Investor" these days, I think "Speculator" or "Scam Artist".  There are no investors any more, the type that are willing to put money into an idea or venture that may take some effort of time to bear fruit.  Day traders and other "investors" want instant gratification and profit.  They will resort to Short Selling, Naked Short Selling, day trading or even computerized trading.  They make no value judgements about the transaction save instantaneous margin gain.  

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