KS Common Sense
By Kevin Stoda, a thinking and progressive Kansan
Most of us Kansans are as skeptical of government as our SHOW-ME-STATE neighbors in Missouri.
Please, below (See Rep. Long’s response to) a recent email and
petition concerning the role of government in protecting and defending our people and our planet. The response from the representative in Missouri is a laughable response to a real concern–in this case, the defunding of the EPA and the great lack of oversight and regulatory authority in America when it comes to safety, service and development!
Representative Long seems to be living in the pre-progressive era (pre-1900). Most Japanese know that the lack of real oversight and regulation in Japan brought us 3 reactors exploding–even though the Japanese government regulators said that no explosions could happen–even after a Tsunami and Earthquake they claimed. In short, a country endangers its citizens when it doesn’t take regulation authority and responsibilty seriously on behalf of its citizenry.
Likewise some 200 million Americans in bad financial shape in 2011 know that lack of oversight and regulation led to this worldwide financial crisis–which still finds its heart in the USA. In other words, quit with the anti-regulatory platitudes of the 19th Century, Mr. Long.
Stop defunding the EPA and give it some teeth.
Likewise, I turn to the many U.S. congressmen and Senators from Kansas and ask that we get back to the Teddy Roosevelt era of governance. That was a period in USA history when government wasn’t afraid to tell political corporate donors to stop making the people pay for lack of oversight and the worst follies of free market zealotry and nonsense, like “General Motors is America.”
The body is already rotting in the coffin, Senator Jerry Moran, and friends. Wake up!
Americans want government regulators with teeth—not the pussy-cat bow-to-the-almighty dollar form of governance that Republicans have shown thus far in 2011.
Jerry, Kansans like me can see through the penny cutting you represent in the budget as you kiss the gods of war and militarism.
That is the common sense I have to offer–KS