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Should GOP candidates be asked about Kansas ‘experiment’?


Immigration, the Iran nuclear deal, Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act are likely to get airtime at Thursday’s first GOP presidential debate, noted Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of the Nation. Writing for the Washington Post, she suggested Kansas as another worthy topic: “Republicans have argued for decades that lower taxes, less government spending and less regulation would boost the economy. In Kansas, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback championed that program, promising that zeroing out taxes on most businesses, cutting top rates and slashing spending would generate growth, jobs and revenue. The result has been deficits as far as the eye can see, with Republicans in the state legislature now scrambling for ways to raise taxes. The candidates should be asked what’s the matter with Kansas — and how that has informed their agenda.” – Rhonda Holman