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Kansas Austerity Experiment

22 Dec

 This is actually a good thing.

 Not for the people of Kansas, because they’ll bear the brunt of all this slash and burn stuff, like the people always do. The politicians and the fat-cats will just sit back and watch, (comfortably), like they always do.

 But it will be a good example for the rest of the country. Watch and see what happens when a governor follows through with severe cuts on virtually everything he can. It will be a fine experiment. Sorry, Kansas people. But we’ll be learning from your pain. You’ll be able to tell us if tea party austerity actually works, or if it just guts things for the sake of doing it.

> In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback puts tea party tenets into action with sharp cuts

 In the past year, three state agencies have been abolished and 2,050 jobs have been cut. Funding for schools, social services and the arts have been slashed. The new Republican governor rejected a $31.5 million federal grant for a new health-insurance exchange because he opposes President Obama’s health-care law. And that’s just the small stuff.

A new “Office of the Repealer” has been created to reduce the number of laws and regulations, and the Repealer is canvassing the state for more cut suggestions.

In the upcoming legislative session, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) plans to roll out proposals to change the way schools are funded, taxes are levied and state pensions are administered.

Brownback, 55, declined to be interviewed for this article but has said he wants to turn his small farming state into a national showcase for the virtues of limited government.

“The states are to be the laboratory for democracy,” he said recently at a dinner at the Kansas Policy Institute, a think tank in Wichita. “Why not here and why not us and why not now?”

 Sure Governor,—” a laboratory for democracy” — why not.  But remember. Sometimes, if you do crazy experiments, labs just blow up.

 And, — an “Office of the Repealer” ?????    Catchy.

   

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Posted by on December 22, 2011 in Economy, Politics

 

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