Sunday, January 1, 2012

Governor Brownback and The Kansas "Ways"

Haulmark and Kahrs, the "Department's Legs"

"Brownback hints at "style" problems with SRS secretary"
"Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback suggested this morning that “style” issues may have led to the undoing of Social Service Secretary Rob Siedlecki.

“There are a lot of difficult things that he did. I think a number of them were good. I think a number of them were not as good appreciation for style, ways of doing things in the Midwest,” Brownback told The Star’s editorial board."
Did he rub state legislators the wrong way?
“Style and ways of doing things in the Midwest,” the governor reiterated. “It’s just different…It’s a big country and you do things a little different in different places.”

As a US Senator, Governor Brownback claimed he couldn't assist families that wrote to him regarding the wrongful removal of their children. Brownback wrote, "I am limited in what I can do because it comes under the direct authority of the State of Kansas. Because I am a member of the federal legislature, I have no jurisdiction in state matters". 
Now that Brownback is Governor of Kansas and over SRS/CPS, even less children have been reunified with their families than when the previous administration was in office.   
The Kansas "ways" of doing things is to violate the rights of children and families, take children from good homes only to place them with abusers, hide behind secret courts and sealed records where parents don't receive due process. 

1 comment:

  1. What Browncrack overlooks, and what lots of Kansans overlook, is that while Kansas wants to do things it's own "way", it has an obligation to follow federal law. Unfortunately, the segment of the population fucosed upon by SRS is vulnerable; both parents and children. Taking advantage of them is easy, and representing them in court is not lucrative.

    These charges of using children as subjects in drug experiments are quite serious, and if true, should be tried in federal court, and not left for Kansas to decide. That would probably involve deposition of some of the child victims, not only the parents who have been denied due process. Have any of them spoken with a civil rights attorney about this? As a lay person, I am inclined to call it human trafficking, but I do not think that the United States has a precedent to call it such a thing at this point.

    If a such a case was built during Brownback's tenure, I wonder what impact it would have on any future presidential campaigns.........just some food for thought. He could jump on the bandwagon and insist upon SRS in Kansas going into receivership until they clean up their act, and then tout himself as the "hero who stopped human trafficking in Kansas"! After all of the missing children and murdered children we have heard about over the past several years, he would be the next Republican president if he did that!