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Brownback caught in ‘cycle of dependency’?

When Kansas City Star columnist Dave Helling heard Gov. Sam Brownback say that welfare programs perpetuate “cycles of dependency,” his thought was: “Wait. You could make the case that if anyone in Kansas is caught in a cycle of dependency, it’s Sam Brownback. He’s earned his living from taxpayers almost all his life. He’s worked in state government, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate and now as governor, where he earns around $100,000 a year. That’s quite a resume for someone who thinks government is the enemy.” Plus, Helling wrote, “a prominent Republican tells me Brownback is thinking about running again for the U.S. Senate in 2020, when Sen. Pat Roberts – also no slouch in the dependency department – is expected to step aside.” Brownback has held a government job since he became state agriculture secretary in 1986, at age 30. – Rhonda Holman