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We should publicize Kansas Republicans switch to Dems after Brownback's policies tank economy

Another example of how right-wing economics is failing, comes this year from Kansas, a state dominated by the Republican and Tea Parties and led by governor Sam Brownback, an avowed theocrat and Reaganite. According to the Washington Post, Republicans are revolting and voting Democratic:

In Kansas, Brownback tried a red-state ‘experiment.’ Now he may be paying a political price

GODDARD, Kan. — Gail Jamison, a lifelong Republican, voted for Sam Brownback for governor in 2010 believing he would restore school funding that had been greatly reduced by the recession. Four years later, she has joined with more than 100 prominent Republicans in publicly throwing their support behind Brownback’s Democratic opponent — because, she said, Brownback pursued a hefty tax cut for the rich that deprived schools of needed resources.

“I am shocked by what’s happened,” said Jamison, president of the Board of Education in this Wichita suburb. “I find it personally a very extreme stance.”


“supported by special interest groups backed by conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, he [Brownback] pushed through legislation that cut taxes and spending, eliminated state jobs and denied far more applications for welfare assistance — not to mention that he tightened abortion regulations and loosened gun rules. Brownback promised that the efforts would drive economic growth, create jobs and stabilize the Kansas budget. But the state is now reporting a more than $300 million revenue shortfall. The poverty rate increased. The state’s economy expanded a total of 2.3 percent in inflation-adjusted terms over the past two years, half the rate of its four neighbors. And Kansas’s credit rating has been downgraded. In an interview on his way to Dodge City — where he would sign legislation creating a “National Day of the Cowboy” — Brownback said he regretted referring to his plans as an experiment. But he defended his tenure, saying it represented a Ronald Reagan-style approach to governance that eventually would rebuild Kansas’s economy after a long slide.”


WE SHOULD NOT LET THE GOP DODGE THIS ONE. LET'S USE IT AGAINST ALL THEIR BIG MONEY BOUGHT PROPAGANDA ADS
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