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Gov. Sam Brownback Delivers Weekly Republican Address (And he Should Stop Including Va as a Republican Success)

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback delivers the weekly Republican Address. In this video he sounds a lot like Virginia Governor McDonnell early on. “We faced a huge deficit when we took office and now have a surplus – and did it all without raising taxes.” That was a statement McDonnell used many times, but can no longer use as he raised taxes more than any other governor in the history of Virginia in terms of real dollars. Sadly, Brownback counted McDonnell as one of the 30 Republican Governors that is changing the way business is done. But that is no longer true in Virginia. Bob McDonnell is a big government Progressive – no different from Obama. Let’s hope Kansas has better luck with Brownback.

Here is the video and the transcript follows.

http://www.youtube.com/gopweeklyaddress

‘Republican governors have been told you can’t cut taxes, balance your budgets and invest in the future all at the same time, and we’ve said, “watch us” and done what we said we would do. Growing our economies, building strong family structures and making wise government investments produces winning results. Our Republican message is a belief in the power of the people more than the control of government.  This unleashes the creativity of entrepreneurs and the strength of hope and dreams.’

 

TOPEKA, KSIn the Weekly Republican Address, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says the best ideas on how to fix the federal government are often being carried out at the state level by Republican governors. “You see, you don’t change America by changing Washington—you change America by changing the states,” says Brownback. “And that’s exactly what Republican governors are doing across the country—taking a different approach to grow their states’ economies and fix their governments with ideas that work.” Brownback, a former United States senator, highlights how he turned a $500 million projected deficit into a $500 million budget surplus without raising taxes or cutting funding for education, Medicaid or prisons. The Weekly Republican Address is available in both audio and video format and is embargoed until 6:00 a.m. ET, Saturday, April 6, 2013. The audio of the address is available here, the video will be available here and you may download the address here. A full transcript of the address follows:

 

“Hi I’m Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

 

“A week ago nearly a third of the world’s population celebrated Easter, the resurrection of Jesus.  New life.  Well, we need new life in our nation and economy.

 

“Washington is broke.  Big spending programs are running out of money and change is coming.  The ideas on how to fix the federal government are now percolating in the states, 30 of which are led by Republican governors.

 

“You see, you don’t change America by changing Washington—you change America by changing the states.  And that’s exactly what Republican governors are doing across the country—taking a different approach to grow their states’ economies and fix their governments with ideas that work.

 

“They involve a more focused government that costs less.  A taxing structure that encourages growth.  An education system that produces measurable results.  And a renewed focus on the incredible dignity of each and every person, no matter who they are.

 

“Now, take my state, Kansas, as an example.

 

“The year I became governor, the state began the fiscal year with just $876.05 in the bank—less than $1,000 and it projected a $500 million deficit.  Two years later we had a $500 million ending balance—and did it without tax increases.

 

“Now to make that financial turnaround a reality, we didn’t cut state funding to schools, we didn’t cut state funding for our universities and colleges, we didn’t cut state funding for our Medicaid system, we didn’t cut state funding for our prisons.

 

“We did consolidate agencies, cut overhead costs, offered a voluntary retirement buyout to state employees and eliminated outdated programs.

 

“We reformed our state’s Medicaid system to save a billion dollars over five years while at the same time, we expanded health care services for our neediest Kansans.

 

“We found ways to reduce the cost of running state government while increasing our investments in key areas like research in aviation, agriculture and medicine.

 

“We reduced the number of state employees and increased the number of students taking technical education courses which will help them prepare for a future with a better paying job.

 

“We reformed our court of appeals so that judges are selected more democratically.

 

“We took steps to safeguard our state’s water resources for future generations and gave Kansans more local control of their future water needs.

 

“And we passed the largest tax cut in state history—eliminating the income tax on small businesses altogether.  This took us from being one of the highest tax states in the region to one of the lowest.

 

“My objective is to make Kansas the best place in America to raise a family and grow a business.

 

“Now, for those who come to our state because of lower taxes, opportunities abound.

 

“We had an all-time record of new businesses formed in Kansas last year.

 

“Kansas recently received an ‘A’ for its friendly small business environment and we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country at 5.5 percent.

 

“All signs of strong economic growth.

 

“Governors compete each and every day for citizens and for businesses, and unfortunately, Kansas hasn’t kept up with that competition the last 30 years, but working with the legislature, we’re back in the game.

 

“What I and other Republican governors around the country are doing is a lot like the Wichita State Wheat Shockers basketball team playing in the NCAA Final Four this weekend—unranked as a team, the pundits said ‘you can’t win’ and the Shockers said, ‘watch us.’

 

“Republican governors have been told you can’t cut taxes, balance your budgets and invest in the future all at the same time, and we’ve said, ‘watch us’ and done what we said we would do.

 

“Growing our economies, building strong family structures and making wise government investments produces winning results.

 

“Our Republican message is a belief in the power of the people more than the control of government.  This unleashes the creativity of entrepreneurs and the strength of hope and dreams.

 

“Join us as we remake our country, not into a place that looks more and more like Europe.  We don’t need to do that.  We just need to become America again.  And that is the rebirth we are doing.

 

“Thanks for listening.  God bless you all.”

 

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

One Response to “Gov. Sam Brownback Delivers Weekly Republican Address (And he Should Stop Including Va as a Republican Success)”

  1. C. O'Hair says:

    Tom as one of the most conservative Republicans around I have to say that we aren’t really having a good time with Brownback. I didn’t vote for him and won’t the next time, but I don’t vote for the Democrat, either.

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    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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