Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., supported a debt reduction commission until President Obama and Democrats pushed for it; then he voted against it. Next Brownback said he would support increased Medicaid payments — money that Kansas is depending on to avoid severe cuts to education and other crucial spending — provided that it wouldn't increase the federal deficit. But when the Senate approved the legislation last week, paying for the spending by phasing out a food-stamp program and ending a tax break for multinational corporations located outside the United States, Brownback voted "no." Brownback has excuses for his votes, saying he didn't like this or that particular provision. But they sound just like that — excuses.