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Kansas voting, charter schools and voucher scholarships, taxes, federal budget

Kansas Senate testimony about disturbing problems at polling place during November election (Kansas Meadowlark) Describes some problems or irregularities at a polling place in Sedgwick County last November.

Democrats and Poor Kids: Sitting on evidence of voucher success, and the battle of New York (Wall Street Journal) “Education Secretary Arne Duncan did a public service last week when he visited New York City and spoke up for charter schools and mayoral control of education. That was the reformer talking. The status quo Mr. Duncan was on display last month when he let Congress kill a District of Columbia voucher program even as he was sitting on evidence of its success.” Charter schools and voucher scholarship programs are successful. But we don’t have them in Wichita.

An Idea for Mr. Summers: He could pay higher taxes—if he thought that was right (Wall Street Journal) Larry Summers, the White House economic guru, earned $5.2 million last year working for a hedge fund. He’ll pay Bush-era tax rates. But this Journal editorial has an idea for Summers: “Honor your principles, and pay taxes on that income at Bill Clinton-Barack Obama rates.”

Budget Expands Government as Economy Contracts (Congressman Ron Paul) “When the economy expands, the government expands. Worse, when the economy contracts, the government expands more. … As our mountain of debt is projected to double with the new budget, many are wondering how long our country can keep this up before serious repercussions are felt. Obviously we can’t continue down this road indefinitely. Certainly, no country has ever prospered when their public sector spent half or all of the nation’s GDP. Yet we are saddled with leadership that seems unwaveringly convinced that the key to prosperity is public spending.”

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