Accountability: A Kansas value

A message from Ryan Wright, executive director of the Kansas Values Institute:

As a lifelong Republican, I embrace the sentiment of one of President Ronald Reagan's most famous quotes: “Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears.”

I wish my party and our governor would take those words to heart.

If you’re like me, you can’t turn on the TV without seeing an ad from some shadowy special interest group trying to convince us that the president is somehow responsible for Gov. Brownback’s failed experiment on Kansas. These groups have spent more than $1.5 million to get that message out.

But it's not working. Kansans know that the Brownback experiment has cost us thousands of jobs and hurt our kids' schools, especially compared to our neighboring states.

Accountability is a Kansas value.

Recently, we launched an ad that holds Gov. Brownback accountable for his failed experiment and his wrong priorities. Our state is facing some tough times and we need solutions.

The ad tells Kansans that Brownback made the largest cut to classroom funding in state history — and called it a “victory.” It tells them that Kansas schools are closing while other states are investing again. And on jobs, the ad points out that Kansas is one of only a handful of states that actually lost jobs in the past six months.

The ad was tough but truthful.

Unfortunately, in response, Brownback’s campaign resorted to name-calling, distortions and personal attacks. But they haven't succeeded in having the ad pulled for being inaccurate. Despite their rhetoric and press releases, they know it’s true.

We have an opportunity to hold Brownback accountable. We have an opportunity to change course and end his failed experiment. If you haven’t already done it, watch the video here and then forward a link to this blog entry and website on to a friend.

Our kids deserve our best hopes, not our worst fears. To make that happen we need good schools and high-paying jobs. It’s time to hold Brownback accountable for his experiment that has failed to deliver on either score.

It’s time to stand up for our kids. Watch the video. Share it.


Ryan Wright, executive director
Kansas Values Institute 
P.O. Box 2124 | Topeka, Kansas 66601

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