Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kansas wants federal money to promote marriage

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Sam Brownback wants more people to get hitched.
  • Sam Brownback wants more people to get hitched.
Just a week after telling the federal government to take its $31 million to implement parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and shove it, Kansas is now asking for federal money. But it's to promote marriage, not health care, so it's cool, guys.

When the state rejected the health-care cash, Gov. Sam Brownback distributed a press release in which he said, "There is much uncertainty surrounding the ability of the federal government to meet its already budgeted future spending obligations. Every state should be preparing for fewer federal resources, not more."

Get it through your head, guys. The federal gravy train is over for Kansas. Well, not really. The Kansas City Star reports: "The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services is seeking $2.2 million a year for three years to pay for counseling that encourages unwed parents to marry. Free marriage licenses would be given to those who do."

That's a $50 value!

The administration tried to explain to the paper why it was right to send health-care cash back to Washington, but it is fine to make it rain in order to promote marriage: “The administration doesn’t have a blanket policy regarding grants. … Each potential grant and the federal requirements that come along with them are evaluated on a case-by-case basis with an increased watchful eye toward long-term mandates with short-term funding streams,” according to statements released to the Star."

So Kansas doesn't want to accept federal money except when it does. Thanks for making sense, guys.


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