Based upon the first meeting of the governor’s Task Force on Reducing Childhood Poverty, more attention likely will be paid to Sam Brownback’s social agenda instead of the economic forces at play. Perhaps Mary Brownback, the unofficial adviser to the task force, can offer some of the sobering reality to her well-meaning husband. Items such as why there are fewer Kansas children benefiting from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program or the child care assistance program. Or maybe the first lady can ask why the governor and Legislature agreed to an unprecedented reduction in income-tax rates while at the same time eliminating various tax credits, such as the food sales-tax rebate and breaks for child care and renters. Will this task force be able to articulate such concerns? Perhaps the first lady can, as we’ve seen what happens when legislators and staff buck the governor. Their tenure in office is shortened significantly.