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Re: “Sam Brownback's economic policies stimulate Kansas economy by negative $338 million in one year

If the economy was suffering from accumulated chronic underinvestment, shifting income from the non-rich to the rich would make sense. Underinvestment would mean there was a shortage of shopping centers, hotels, housing and factories were operating at 100% of capacity but still not able to produce as many cars and other goods as people needed. It might not seem fair, but the quickest way to build up capital is to take income away from the middle class who have a high propensity to consume and give to the rich who have a propensity to save (and invest). Except for periods in the 1950s and 1960s and possibly the 1990’s when tax rates on the rich just happened to be high enough to prevent overinvestment, the economy has generally suffered from periodic overinvestment cycles.

It is not just a coincidence that tax cuts for the rich have preceded both the 1929 and 2007 depressions. The Revenue acts of 1926 and 1928 worked exactly as the Republican Congresses that pushed them through promised. The dramatic reductions in taxes on the upper income brackets and estates of the wealthy did indeed result in increases in savings and investment. However, overinvestment (by 1929 there were over 600 automobile manufacturing companies in the USA) caused the depression that made the rich, and most everyone else, ultimately much poorer.

Since 1969 there has been a tremendous shift in the tax burdens away from the rich on onto the middle class. Corporate income tax receipts, whose incidence falls entirely on the owners of corporations, were 4% of GDP then and are now less than 1%. During that same period, payroll tax rates as percent of GDP have increased dramatically. The overinvestment problem caused by the reduction in taxes on the wealthy is exacerbated by the increased tax burden on the middle class. While overinvestment creates more factories, housing and shopping centers; higher payroll taxes reduces the purchasing power of middle-class consumers. ..."
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Posted by Lance Brofman on 07/09/2014 at 9:01 PM

Re: “The rise of the super-supermarkets in the suburbs

I'm not sure you can call this the suburbs- how about far south only?

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Posted by Elvis Peacock on 07/09/2014 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

Just go to the one in Parkville. GREAT food, honest drink, and an impeccable staff to boot. If you want something that creates a Pavlovian response, try the Bondo's tenderloin or anything on the specials menu. If you are fortunate enough to peruse their location at a time they serve cinnamon roll bread pudding, treat yourself to this small slice of heaven. I've tried the their new location only once, but I think it's a bad mix of Americana food with a contemporary "je ne sais quoi". If it's not broken don't fix it. Hopefully they will turn it around.

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Posted by Dick on 07/09/2014 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Bleu Burgers' Tony Olson is seriously changing things at Chubby's, Longbranch

We didn't get the free cinnamon rolls. Most people around us did. We, and a few others did not. There seemed to be a weird arbitrary vibe about the place and the service was really awful. Food was just ok.

Posted by karen g. on 07/09/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

this reiew along with the comments has actually made me WANT to dine there. Just to see how bad it is. I can't look away. (as I eat my Irish nacho)...

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Posted by scotch breath on 07/09/2014 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

It's tough when your kids bring home a bad grade card. It's really tough in the restaurant biz to get a rough review. So many people have put their heart, soul , and many hours into making something good. But ,that is the nature of the restaurant business . You can't please everyone every moment. None the less , that is one of our goals. We 've talked this over as a team and have some real opportunities to improve. Hospitality is what we do.
Thanks for the pros and cons.

Doug Watkins
Jake's Dad

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Posted by Doug Watkins on 07/09/2014 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

I don't agree with this post. Nick and Jakes has become one of my go to places. All of the staff is very friendly and accommodating and the food is decent.

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Posted by Dee on 07/09/2014 at 3:50 PM

Re: “The rise of the super-supermarkets in the suburbs

How anonymous can one be if they're the only 'chipmaster' in the world lol

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Posted by Chipmaster on 07/09/2014 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

At least when I was there a couple months ago, the menu had "gremolata" misprinted as "germolata". That was the best part of the visit. Service was ok at a slowish lunch time, food was just ok too.

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Posted by Don Clark on 07/09/2014 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

Best example of an unintentionally scathing review goes to Lolly...."Bland Food for People in a Hurry".

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Posted by Zeemanb on 07/09/2014 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Katie Boody, co-founder and CEO of the Lean Lab, answers The Pitch's questionnaire

Eek...the hubris is strong with this one.

Posted by KT on 07/09/2014 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

The Irish nachos are a gooey mess. The service is non existent. Maybe that is the new normal. But it can really spoil a meal. There is no timing. I am a food service veteran. It is obvious to me that management has not a clue about training or service for the staff. The review is accurate. They have a long way to go to get it right at Nick and Jakes. As of now , they are heading off a cliff...

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Posted by Clotilde Abernathy on 07/09/2014 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

Sounds like Lolly Drinking-Wolf O'Manakul is an employee! (A couple others on here may be as well, from their tone.) That's sad when you can't let the neighborhood and actual customers of this location speak and, instead, have to have your staff comment on a review.

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Posted by lissaplazakc on 07/09/2014 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

Disappointed to hear the news. Have never been that "wowed" by the original Nick & Jake's but thought the opportunity for them south of the Plaza would encourage them to bring their A game. I think the service as described sounds like Nick & Jakes, we ate at the original one fairly recently and experienced the same. My husband is crazy about this central location and really enjoyed the atmosphere when it was The Beacon. I'm sure he and his buddies will enjoy some meals here but, I won't be running out to join him if the food isn't a notch up from distributor's heat and serve fare. I can do Costco at home.

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Posted by foodsnob on 07/09/2014 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

I disagree with this review. Its an example of what whiners people have turned into. I have experienced many many restaurants in the KC area and I have to say that Nick and Jakes has some of the best service around. Service is not entirely based on "timing" which was all you griped about. As a matter of fact you never mentioned any other issue with service other than "timing" First of all it is hard to find genuinely "friendly and attentive service. You mistake attentiveness as "rushing" you out. They arent rushing you anywhere, they are simple trying much harder than other establishments to not neglect you. Its a casual American comfort dining experience, NOT a 5 star $100 a plate show. Most of there clients are families who are rushing in and out with their kids or business people having quick meetings. For your typical White bread, chicken and bacon fed American the food is right on. They cater to people who don't want spice or too many exotic flavors to mess with their palate. As a matter of fact, their Irish Nachos are the #1 seller across all 3 locations as I have been told. So unless my math is wrong, the majority of people would disagree with one very opinionated and close-minded review. Oh and for those of you who would like extra time to look over a menu and dine... All you have to do is tell your server, "We're going to need some time" Its not that hard. So if I were to rate this review I would give it a -1 out of 100. The focus was based on pure one-sided opinion without any mention of positive. This is not a review, this is a bad day taken out on a restaurant. No wonder nobody reads the Pitch anymore

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Posted by Lolly Drinking-Wolf O'Manakul on 07/09/2014 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Kansas Town restaurant closes after five months

I'm pretty good at turning up to try a new local restaurant and the restaurant's name did not bring me in. That plus I am sort of done with pretentious displays of oddly combined flavor extravaganzas, although I have enjoyed dinner at Novel which I would put in that same category. I'm a rather open minded eater and love various foods and trying new delights but have sort of gone full circle and enjoy simple ingredients done well. Neither issue on it's own would have kept me from supporting a new local venue but combined it made me drag my feet on bringing it up as a dining suggestion. Just my take on it.

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Posted by foodsnob on 07/09/2014 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

I too have tried and actually wanted to like this place. Sadly, I agree. The service is out of control! The servers are either hovering at your table, or at the front staring at you. It is like they're just waiting to pounce to get you out. And seriously, five minutes to decide on what we wanted - with that varied and slightly odd menu - is not a lot to ask. The servers can't seem to help themselves - every 45 seconds "have you decided? let me recommend...". Let me recommend you back off and let us relax! Sheesh! We would have stayed for a cocktail if we didn't think we'd get the bums rush on sitting in a half empty dining room sipping a cocktail for 15 minutes. Not relaxing and the food is "meh" at best - definitely a lot of distributor/pre-made food. (Former industry person!)

I make my own meatloaf, and I'll still go to Minsky's if I want a hang out spot in the neighborhood.

Color me disappointed.

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Posted by lissaplazakc on 07/09/2014 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Does the International House of Prayer have designs on Hyde Park?

Colors of the rainbow? How interesting you brought that up considering IHOP was actively involved in the death to gays bill in Uganda. It's also interesting that they are involved in harmful conversion therapy. This group terrorizes gay people. Make no mistake, they are not the victims. They are the perpetrators of hate and intolerance.....so excuse me if I'm not willing to roll out the welcome mat. This just illustrates just a small part of their shady business practices. Don't preach tolerance when their idea of tolerance is conversion to their point of view.

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Posted by Omomomnivore on 07/09/2014 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

NOT everyserver there needs improvement! The service is great. People may need to brush up on things a bit, but talented people work there! From the front of house to the back of house. I love this location and its food. Reguarding the yes sir you can "You can measure a dining experience here in bites rather than in portions" when you order off of a menu that is specified " SMALL PLATES" I will always return to this location! GOOD LUCK NICK AND JAKES!

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Posted by Samantha Gibilisco on 07/09/2014 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Kansas Town restaurant closes after five months

Previous comments here seem a bit mean spirited. What I saw was a man acting on a dream, (a brave act at any time, particularly now, in this climate) producing some new tastes for our neighborhood. Interior design is a matter of personal taste. Names are just that, no more. I, for one, will miss Mike's attempt to bring a different offering to 39th, and hope that next time palates win out over branding, dark corners, and noisy alcohol fueled dives.

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Posted by Alan Barnes on 07/09/2014 at 9:45 AM

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