Trickle-down economics is a nightmare. Kansas proved it.


The Republican gospel of cutting taxes and government services to the bone doesn’t lead to economic growth; it leads to crisis and decline.  Just ask the people of Kansas, who finally have seen the light.

If House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) don’t heed the Kansas lesson, they deserve to have their majorities stripped away in next year’s midterms.  And they won’t be able to claim they weren’t warned.

The states are supposed to be laboratories for testing government policy.  For five years, Kansas’s Republican governor, Sam Brownback, conducted the nation’s most radical exercise in trickle-down economics — a “real-live experiment,” he called it.  He and the GOP-controlled legislature slashed the state’s already-low tax rates, eliminated state income tax for most owner-operated businesses and sharply reduced vital government services.  These measures were supposed to deliver “a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy,” Brownback said.


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Opinion writer
The Washington Post
June 12, 2017

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