There is a terrific, important, even, paid advertisement in today's New York Times on page 2 of the Review section from the President of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten on Kansas and what Sam Brownback and his Republican Party did to it.
Yes, we know Republicans in the Topeka statehouse finally, finally owned up to fiscal and economic reality recently and took back Governor Sam Brownback's and the Republican's 2012 tax cuts for the already-wealthy and corporations. But we need to learn from the nightmare experiment this turned out to be.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback turned his state into a laboratory for the most extreme form of trickle-down economics, promising that it would usher in an economic boom. It didn’t. It never has. Brownback’s five-year experiment caused state revenue to plummet, the deficit to explode, and painful spending cuts to be made—including cuts decimating public schools. Last week, a once-unlikely alliance stopped Brownback’s attempt to double down on his plan: Democratic and Republican lawmakers, urged on by parents, business people, civic activists and unions of working people.
And here's why it's so important to understand and remember what was attempted.
Not only is Kansas an excellent lesson on the hazards of "supply-side economics", but the opposite tactics in government has resulted in much different and far better conditions and in more than one state.
So Kansans, Missourians, everyone, in fact, across the nation, for the love of God and all that is good, let's learn these very, very fresh lessons from Republican Governor Sam Brownback, his Republican, supply-side cohorts and the
Let's not let this President Trump and Paul Ryan and their supply-siders try to pull this again, this time on the entire nation.