To the editor:
Gov. Brownback is crowing about the Kansas economy without justification. Since he took office in January 2011 the Kansas unemployment rate dropped 1.9 percentage points while the nation’s as a whole dropped 3 percentage points over the same period. The governor’s economic program is essentially what the first President Bush labeled “voodoo economics.”
Voodoo economics is championed by a debunked economist and the super rich who trot him out whenever legislation might raise their low taxes. The voodoo formula is to just lower taxes and prosperity will follow. It does not work and causes economic harm. It is akin to the belief that if you just plant crops it will rain. Not only is Brownback economically unsophisticated, his narrow ideology is a turnoff to desirable companies who are looking around for a corporate home or a new business location.
And let’s not forget that Brownback still owes the Kansas treasury the $31.5 million for setting up a Kansas-designed health care website which he sent back to Washington so he could remain ideologically pure to extreme right-wingism. Never mind that Kansans could have greatly benefitted from that money. But how is Brownback going to pay when he just borrowed a half million dollars from the lieutenant governor to save his political bacon? Let’s get Kansas back in the mainstream by getting rid of our narrow-minded, untalented governor. We can’t afford him.