After all, haven't we heard for the last couple of years that Governor Brownback destroyed the state of Kansas with his "tax cuts for the wealthy"? That he personally created a financial crisis by cutting taxes? That his "failed experiment in trickle down economics" was a miserable failure?
Isn't that why everybody ran the conservative Republicans who supported it out of office and elected a bunch of tax and spend democrats and moderate Republicans (same thing)?
Well, as our friend Nunya has pointed out very well on the last blog, all is not as it seems, now is it?
They fixed the budget alright. With a $1,000,000,000 (billion) dollar tax increase. Taxes on individuals go up. Taxes on poor people go up. Taxes on small businesses go up. Taxes on pretty much everybody and everything go up. That fixed it for sure. The nightmare is over.
Now I'll make a prediction. About the first quarter of next year, when people start figuring their taxes, and they discover that they are paying way more to the state, and people who previously paid nothing under the Brownback tax cuts have to pony up, all those same people who hated the Governor and his tax cuts will be screaming bloody murder. They will have short memories, these people. They got what they demanded and surprise! Now the bill is coming.
See, the tax cuts were a great idea. Take less of my money. Take less of your money. Take less money from small business. It promotes economic growth. It always has. It always will. But along with that, the state needed to make cuts. The out of control bloated giant pit of government pork needed trimming. And there is more than enough trimming to go around. But that never happened. Instead the fix is raise taxes. Don't spend a nickel less. Spend more. Just raise taxes, problem solved.
When Governor Brownback took office, people forget we were living through the obama recovery. 1% GDP growth. High unemployment, despite the phony numbers they created to promote the lie otherwise. Fed policy that was so horrible it was serving to continue the damage from the recession, not heal it. Everything was working to keep our economy flat and unemployment and welfare high. It's the democrat way. Under anything resembling a normal economy, Kansas would have grown like it should have.
And people don't seem to remember, in the last two years of democrat governors, Sebilious and what's his name, obama gave Kansas $500 million out of his phony stimulus bill to cover our shortfalls. That was by design and payback to Sebilious who we remember went on to HHS and helped destroy our healthcare insurance. So when Governor Brownback took office, he had that same shortfall. He fixed it as best he could, and then pushed through a tax cut to try to stimulate growth to grow us out of it. But they failed to cut spending, and the economy, by design of obama failed to grow.
So obama claimed one more victim. Sam Brownback, a decent man, a true conservative, friend to the second amendment and unborn children was vilified and demonized and now we are right back where we started. Except worse. Less money in our pockets, more in the pockets of "moderate" republicans and democrats to spend. And spend it they will.
I predict even with this giant tax increase at budget time next year we will still be short hundreds of millions and they will be demanding tax increases again. Hopefully the people will have learned something by then, but I seriously doubt it.