- Personal Responsibility
“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” – Theodore Roosevelt
- In rural Kansas, we are accustomed to this principle. If we can’t pay for it, we don’t buy it.
“A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.” – Farmer’s Almanac
- When government outsources those services which make it grow, Kansans start new businesses to fill the demand and found non-profits to help their neighbors. We create jobs, not government.
- We are hearty, entrepreneurial types. We diversify our crops to insure against a bad year and conserve the soil so our kids can use it later.
“I think the extent to which I have any balance at all, any mental balance, is because of being a farm kid and being raised in those isolated rural areas.” – James Earl Jones
- Rural communities aren’t a place, they’re a way of life.
- From the farmer and rancher to the hometown attorney and CPA, to the hardware shop and pharmacy on Main Street, rural Kansas is built on a foundation of small businesses.
- To attract new business to rural Kansas, we must continue those amenities which play a pivotal part in our quality of life:
– K-12 Education
– Safe and reliable roads
– Low taxation