Kansas has been home over the years to many progressive leaders as well as folks with wacky ideas. Fortunately, most of our governors and legislative leaders have carefully and patiently moved Kansas along a progressive path with commonsense ideas that made the state a great place to live and work.
This was true until Sam Brownback became governor and started his great experiment on Kansas.
A commentary by Kelly Arnold, chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, excoriated the press for running critical editorials (April 16 Eagle). Blaming the press for not liking Brownback’s policies is just a ruse used to avoid the reality that Kansans strongly dislike what Brownback is doing to Kansas schools, our working families and our state.
It also saddened me to see Arnold continue to push the distortions and misleading statements that the governor repeats in an attempt to convince the public that his plan is working. The “publicly available facts, submitted for open review,” that Arnold cited have been refuted by numerous news articles as incomplete, misleading and, in some cases, just plain wrong.
The tax plan the governor devised is the centerpiece of his efforts to grow the Kansas economy, yet finance experts from both the left and right agree that it’s the worst state reform passed in the past two years. The truth is that Brownback is balancing his budget on the backs of hardworking Kansans. Here are some facts to back that up:
The response by the Kansas Republican Party was just another version of Brownback’s prairie fairy tale. Just like in “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” Kansans are waking up to the fact that the tale Brownback and his Republicans are spinning is just that – a fairy tale of empty promises and no happy ending.
Brownback and the Kansas GOP can claim that the media, economists and commonsense Kansans are wrong. But when everyone thinks you’re on the wrong track, maybe everyone else isn’t the problem. Maybe, just maybe, it’s you.