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