That’s how Kansas Governor Sam Brownback described the state’s growing economic woes, despite being controlled by Republicans. Barbara Shelly has a different perspective:
Republican Sam Brownback’s approval rating in perhaps the nation’s reddest state is down to 21 percent, according to Fort Hays State University. The Legislature is in rebellion. Even conservative lawmakers are scrambling to put distance between themselves and the governor. Elections are coming up, and in some places, to be accused of supporting “the Brownback agenda” this year might be more damning than being tagged as a closet supporter of President Barack Obama.
For some perspective on how everything became so terrible in such a short span, it’s instructive to revisit some of Brownback’s more memorable pronouncements about the steep income-tax cuts that have left Kansas gasping for revenue even as citizens deal with one of the highest sales-tax rates in the nation.
Brownbackisms are called ‘broken promises’ in Kansas. So much for fiscal conservatism being the way to prosperity.