Political winds may be changing



Mark Weaver, Springfield

Published 1:57 p.m. CT July 8, 2017 | Updated 1:57 p.m. CT July 8, 2017

A few unexpected occurrences may signify change in the political atmosphere.

First, the Southern Baptist Convention, after nearly ousting the leader of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Russell Moore, over his rejection of Donald Trump, has adopted a resolution rejecting racism, white supremacy and ethnic hatred as antithetical to the Gospel. As an outsider I view this as an unexpected swing from the church of Jerry Falwell and Mike Huckabee to the church of Jimmy Carter, each a Southern Baptist.

Second, the Kansas legislature overrode Governor Brownback’s veto of a $1.2 billion tax increase. Moderate Republican and Democrats won elections to the Kansas legislature after citizens grew tired of school cuts and downgraded government bonds. The Brownback tax cuts promised rapid growth but produced slower growth than comparable states, budget deficits and outbound migration from the state. The Kansas tax cut experiment failed and was rejected in the home state of Koch Industries and their political operation, who are enthusiastic backers of tax cuts for the wealthy.

For good measure, “The Kansas House this week passed bills to restore teacher tenure and expand Medicaid, and it blocked an amendment to deprive state funds to Planned Parenthood” and allowed hospitals to ban guns.

Third, “repeal and replace” Obamacare is very unpopular with the public, with 17 percent approval of the “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” which asks Americans to reconcile ending insurance for 22 million people while raising insurance premiums and reducing coverage. More expense, less coverage is a difficult sell. How is it “Better Care” exactly?

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