Wednesday, 5/02/12, Public Square

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  1. This is interesting — shows demographics of Americans and congress critters. In a very few areas we’re somewhat alike, most — not so much.

    32% of We the People
    72% of the U.S. House of Representatives, and
    79% of the U.S. Senate is…

    A. Over the Age of 60

    http://www.upworthy.com/members-of-congress–theyre-just-like-us?c=cp2

  2. Brownback didn’t make this list. I can’t disagree about the ones who did. There are sooo many to choose from it must have been difficult to pare the list down to just five.

    5 of the worst Governors in the United States today

    http://www.examiner.com/article/5-of-the-worst-governors-the-united-states-today

  3. I liked reading this story. I like it when people are treated with dignity and patience, diplomacy is always a good place to start resolution in my opinion.

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    Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline — suspensions drop 85%

    A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly:

    “Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?” He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?”

    http://acestoohigh.com/2012/04/23/lincoln-high-school-in-walla-walla-wa-tries-new-approach-to-school-discipline-expulsions-drop-85/

  4. In 1948, Harry Truman successfully campaigned for re-election by demonizing the “do-nothing” 80th Congress, which managed to pass a mere 908 laws. Contrast this with the current Congress, which has passed a whopping 106 bills. This is amazing! Read the details:

    Our do-almost-nothing Congress

    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-05-02/news/os-ed-dana-milbank-050212-20120502_1_highway-bill-senate-three-bills

  5. “We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget,” says anti-tax enforcer Grover Norquist. “Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States.”

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    Kansas’ nasty new tax plan

    Here’s how it works when conservatives control everything: The wealthy get coddled and the poor get a bum’s rush

    Kansas is special. In most American states in which Republicans control the state legislature, the GOP busies itself with redistricting efforts designed to minimize the chances of Democratic electoral success. But in Kansas, the fight is over new districts cooked up to get rid of moderate Republicans. Similarly, nearly all Republican-dominated states are working hard to limit the ability of women to get abortions, but only in Kansas will you hear a state legislator compare rape to a flat tire.

    Something is clearly the matter with Kansas, so it may be it’s not the wisest idea to go overboard extrapolating from the state’s behavior to potential developments on the national scene. On the other hand, if you’re wondering what complete Republican control of the U.S. government at the federal level would look like, Kansas does offer some clues.

    Take taxes, for example. Last week, Kansas House and Senate negotiators agreed on a new tax plan that will sharply cut income taxes for wealthy state residents while at the same time raising taxes on the poor. The result, predictably, will be a shortfall in state revenue that will undoubtedly force additional cuts to state services.

    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities provides the analysis, but you don’t have to trust the left-leaning think tank for the spin. A newly formed group of retired Kansas Republican legislators are also declaring that enough is enough. The bottom line is this: If you’re wealthy enough and smart enough to structure your business affairs correctly, you can avoid both corporate taxes and income taxes. But if you’re poor, you will have to choose between whether you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, or a state-funded rebate on sales taxes charged on groceries. One or the other! Not both! Because if there is a tax loophole that favors working-class Americans, we’d better close it!

    The details are different, but the basic outline is similar to the ideas codified in Paul Ryan’s Mitt Romney-endorsed budget: We’ll pay for tax cuts for the wealthy by cutting services that help the poor. Romney might not be as conservative as Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, but when the bills passed by a GOP-controlled Legislature start arriving on his desk, his response will be identical: He’ll sign it.

    http://www.salon.com/2012/05/02/kansas_nasty_new_tax_plan/singleton/