Thanks again for this report from Karl Peterjohn, Executive Director Kansas Taxpayers Network
It was a hard, long slog for the 11 days of the Kansas legislative session that began June 22. Using the phrase, "hard, long slog," is one that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had used in describing the war in Iraq.
The hard, long slog of the Kansas constitutional crisis continues with a break for legislators until Wednesday July 6. By then, the final FY 2005 revenue figures should be in.
Yet there is a phrase from the Vietnam war that is quite descriptive for the situation in Kansas.
"We had to destroy the village to save it."
This phrase has been attributed to various sources and most seem to (dis)credit it to left-wing flak Peter Arnett who was last seen generating excuses for Saddam Hussein's regime. Yet that phrase accurately describes what the Kansas Supreme Court's latest edict: "We have to destroy public schools in order to save it."
The court's July 2 edict threatens the closure of the state's public schools unless its spending mandate is met. This edict represented a judicial hissy fit because the divided Kansas legislature did not meet the court's July 1 date for increasing spending. The court issued an unusual Saturday afternoon ruling while the legislature continued to meet.