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(Think Progress)   Fetch your fainting couch, as this may be a shock to you, but Kansas's massive tax cut to the state's wealthiest is destroying its economy   (thinkprogress.org) divider line 228
    More: Obvious, Kansas, tax cuts, child poverty, Sam Brownback, Center on Budget  
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2014-05-16 02:56:43 PM
speaktopower.org
 
2014-05-16 03:10:57 PM
Yeah - shocker.  Republican economics don't work.  Why the Fark do people vote for them?
 
2014-05-16 03:15:24 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Yeah - shocker.  Republican economics don't work.  Why the Fark do people vote for them?


Because Jebus.
 
2014-05-16 03:17:28 PM
No problem.  Just slash spending on education, infrastructure, drug treatment, head start, and anything else that might even remotely help disadvantaged citizens.
 
2014-05-16 03:20:16 PM

Marcus Aurelius: No problem.  Just slash spending on education, infrastructure, drug treatment, head start, and anything else that might even remotely help disadvantaged citizens.


I was being sarcastic, and then I RTFA.

Jesus Christ.
 
2014-05-16 03:20:17 PM
I forget. This is fainting, right?


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Elections have consequences, don't they, Kansas?
 
2014-05-16 03:46:39 PM
I must have read the article too fast, I could not find the part about where this is poor people's fault.  Or Obama's.
 
2014-05-16 03:58:30 PM
That's the thing about the job creators. They actually have to, you know, do something to create jobs.
 
2014-05-16 04:01:39 PM
But... But... Laffer Curve!
 
2014-05-16 04:02:36 PM
And next time around they'll vote for them again.

The common clay of the new West.
 
2014-05-16 04:06:37 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Yeah - shocker.  Republican economics don't work.  Why the Fark do people vote for them?


three words: guns. god. gays.
 
2014-05-16 04:16:03 PM
Seriously, the rich, specifically the elderly rich, who already have a shiatload of senior citizen perks, need to suck it up and stop fighting tax increases.

There is no arguing with this position. Thanks.
 
2014-05-16 04:17:10 PM
Nuh-uh.
 
2014-05-16 04:18:29 PM
The sad thing is that even if Paul Davis were to somehow miraculously beat Sam Brownback this November, the state legislature is almost certainly going to be just as conservative as it is today. All of the disastrous policies they've put into place, including the ridiculous tax cut package and the requirement that Medicaid expansion receive future legislative approval, are going to stick around for many years to come.

/unless we just nuke the state dry
 
2014-05-16 04:18:41 PM
i.chzbgr.com
 
2014-05-16 04:19:00 PM
28.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-05-16 04:19:05 PM
This is clearly Obama's fault.
 
2014-05-16 04:21:35 PM
FTFA: Brownback's official response to the state's poverty problem was a brief report that advocated fighting poverty by encouraging traditional family structures...

This sounds pretty effective. After all, traditional families never have issues with poverty.
 
2014-05-16 04:21:51 PM

Serious Black: The sad thing is that even if Paul Davis were to somehow miraculously beat Sam Brownback this November, the state legislature is almost certainly going to be just as conservative as it is today. All of the disastrous policies they've put into place, including the ridiculous tax cut package and the requirement that Medicaid expansion receive future legislative approval, are going to stick around for many years to come.

/unless we just nuke the state dry


Again, the whole state has the population of an average metropolitan area of many cities. The entire 2.2 people could be relocated with subsidies. Kansas would then be a huge solar/wind farm.
 
2014-05-16 04:22:12 PM

Dog Welder: This is clearly Obama's fault.


The article didn't claim otherwise.
 
2014-05-16 04:22:13 PM
Conservatives are pure evil.
 
2014-05-16 04:22:43 PM

whidbey: Serious Black: The sad thing is that even if Paul Davis were to somehow miraculously beat Sam Brownback this November, the state legislature is almost certainly going to be just as conservative as it is today. All of the disastrous policies they've put into place, including the ridiculous tax cut package and the requirement that Medicaid expansion receive future legislative approval, are going to stick around for many years to come.

/unless we just nuke the state dry

Again, the whole state has the population of an average metropolitan area of many cities. The entire 2.2 people could be relocated with subsidies. Kansas would then be a huge solar/wind farm.


I know full well about Kansas's population given that I've lived here for almost seven years now.
 
2014-05-16 04:22:47 PM
Kansas was pretty nice when I lived there.  But I moved away 25 years ago.  Coincidence, I think not.
 
2014-05-16 04:24:25 PM
Kansas has been circling the drain for a good long while, it's about time they went down it.
 
2014-05-16 04:24:52 PM
Gov. Sam GreenBrownback (Republiscam)

Let's just call him what he's all about.
 
2014-05-16 04:25:00 PM
Hmm

Kansas has an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent.

Illinois has an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent.

Illinois had a massive income tax increase in 2011.

Cheery-picked stats can be fun.
 
2014-05-16 04:25:38 PM
Destroy is a stretch. But "Not as good as all surrounding states" is spot on. Brownback is a clownfarker.
 
2014-05-16 04:25:39 PM
You say this like it wasn't the objective the whole time.
 
2014-05-16 04:25:41 PM
Tax cuts for the wealthy only benefit the wealthy. Obvious. The wealthy use religion and social issues to garner support among the poor. Obvious. The poor go to battle for them while the poor suffer. Obvious.

But hey, they are sticking it to 'the man'!
 
2014-05-16 04:25:48 PM

Cletus C.: Hmm

Kansas has an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent.

Illinois has an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent.

Illinois had a massive income tax increase in 2011.

Cheery-picked stats can be fun.


How have unemployment rates in each state changed over time?

/I personally do not know.
 
2014-05-16 04:25:59 PM
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What do you expect from a state full of idiot who would vote this inept moron into office?
 
2014-05-16 04:26:15 PM

theknuckler_33: Conservatives are pure evil.


Only the representatives. The rest are morans.
 
2014-05-16 04:26:28 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Benevolent Misanthrope: Yeah - shocker.  Republican economics don't work.  Why the Fark do people vote for them?

Because Jebus.


Because gays are icky.
 
2014-05-16 04:27:16 PM

Serious Black: whidbey: Serious Black: The sad thing is that even if Paul Davis were to somehow miraculously beat Sam Brownback this November, the state legislature is almost certainly going to be just as conservative as it is today. All of the disastrous policies they've put into place, including the ridiculous tax cut package and the requirement that Medicaid expansion receive future legislative approval, are going to stick around for many years to come.

/unless we just nuke the state dry

Again, the whole state has the population of an average metropolitan area of many cities. The entire 2.2 people could be relocated with subsidies. Kansas would then be a huge solar/wind farm.

I know full well about Kansas's population given that I've lived here for almost seven years now.


Still, it blows my mind. That's a lot of room out there with not that many folks. And yet an even smaller handful of derp controls it.

/family comes from SE KS
//lived in Parsons as a kid
 
2014-05-16 04:27:22 PM
Wait, so defunding the entire state government is bad?
 
2014-05-16 04:27:32 PM

Cletus C.: Hmm

Kansas has an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent.

Illinois has an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent.

Illinois had a massive income tax increase in 2011.

Cheery-picked stats can be fun.


allmyroads.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-05-16 04:27:50 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Yeah - shocker.  Republican economics don't work.  Why the Fark do people vote for them?


img.myconfinedspace.com
 
2014-05-16 04:28:07 PM

whidbey: Seriously, the rich, specifically the elderly rich, who already have a shiatload of senior citizen perks, need to suck it up and stop fighting tax increases.

There is no arguing with this position. Thanks.


MFAWG: Nuh-uh.


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2014-05-16 04:29:33 PM

Cletus C.: Hmm

Kansas has an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent.

Illinois has an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent.

Illinois had a massive income tax increase in 2011.

Cheery-picked stats can be fun.


Well here in Kansas it's pretty across the board. All the stats are in, and they point to Republicans and a lot of crappy policies. I don't know about the Land of Lincoln.

It's cool that Rush and Faux and Friends gave you that one lame ass "stat." Too bad it's dead wrong.
 
2014-05-16 04:30:22 PM

dr_blasto: whidbey: Seriously, the rich, specifically the elderly rich, who already have a shiatload of senior citizen perks, need to suck it up and stop fighting tax increases.

There is no arguing with this position. Thanks.

MFAWG: Nuh-uh.

ohsnap.jpg


TO THE IMPEACH MOBILE
 
2014-05-16 04:31:27 PM

Cletus C.: Hmm

Kansas has an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent.

Illinois has an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent.

Illinois had a massive income tax increase in 2011.

Cheery-picked stats can be fun.


Illinois isn't having the economic crisis that seems to be happening in Kansas as a result of these policies.
 
2014-05-16 04:32:05 PM
Good! Not that evidence-based reality will penetrate their shells. Stay strong, Kansas!
 
2014-05-16 04:33:49 PM
Stupid libtards are stupid. Everybody knows that reducing income is the only way to increase income, and that by increasing income you're sure to reduce income. Study it out.
 
2014-05-16 04:33:51 PM

ongbok: Cletus C.: Hmm

Kansas has an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent.

Illinois has an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent.

Illinois had a massive income tax increase in 2011.

Cheery-picked stats can be fun.

Illinois isn't having the economic crisis that seems to be happening in Kansas as a result of these policies.


Whatever it takes to make it look like libs shouldn't be taxing the richest people. Yes, even irrelevant statistics from another political landscape with more people.
 
2014-05-16 04:37:29 PM
one time when my sister was a baby she happened to roll backward while wearing full diaper which sprayed liquid kinderscheisse up her back

whenever i see sam brownback, i think of that

it works literally and metaphorically
 
2014-05-16 04:38:51 PM

Dog Welder: This is clearly Obama's fault.


This is the excuse Brownback is using. And the dumbass rubes here are lapping it up and will reelect him despite his declining popularity.
 
2014-05-16 04:39:04 PM
This is happening here in North Carolina right now. Tax cuts last year mean that we can't pay our teachers this year. Teachers are leaving for other states or other careers. Gov. McCrory just promised big pay raises but the legislature knows that there's no money. While I hope they'll get voted out next time around, given our gerrymandered districts it's not likely.
 
2014-05-16 04:41:17 PM
And even though they were burned for the 45,328th time, they will continue to put their hand on the stove's flame.

Again and again.
 
2014-05-16 04:43:37 PM

NeverDrunk23: And even though they were burned for the 45,328th time, they will continue to put their hand on the stove's flame.

Again and again.


GOOD! Maybe eventually they'll manage to completely kill themselves off. And stop breeding.
 
2014-05-16 04:44:20 PM
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/The top 10 % do not prosper with a higher income but rather a return of their invested capital.
//In fact, higher income tax may not be the answer, as capital gains are not taxed like income.
///the rich get richer, the poor get poorer
 
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