Liberal States Outperform Conservative Ones as Republicans Push More Trickle Down

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It is not like Republicans have an affinity for science, but they appear to be applying a bastardized form of the scientific method to their perpetually failed economic policy in order to prove it works as advertised despite it is indeed a raging fail. The Oxford Dictionary defines the scientific method as “a method or procedure that consists of systematic observation, measurement and experiment, and the formulating, testing, and modification of hypotheses” to reach a fact-based conclusion. It is beyond question that after over thirty years, the Republican “trickle down” economic experiment continues providing the same empirical data and living results of starving government of revenue, depressing economic growth, increasing debt and deficit, and retarding job creation.

The trickle down “theory” was more than adequately tested for eight long and painful years during the George W. Bush administration, and all it proved to Republicans was the theory needed more experimentation and trials even after it piled up debt and deficit, killed jobs, and sent the economy into a severe recession. At the federal level, Republicans led by Paul Ryan have passed House legislation reverting to failed Bush-era economic policies of massive unfunded tax cuts for the rich, increased defense spending, and job-killing domestic program cuts as if there will be any different outcome than during Bush-Republican years. Similar “experiments” have been enacted in Republican states such as Kansas, and it is no surprise the economic devastation resulting from huge unfunded tax cuts for the rich and corporations coupled with domestic spending cuts killed and prevented job creation, halted economic growth, and left the state with revenue shortfalls due to reach over a billion dollars within a year.

Kansas is a particularly interesting “experiment” because the state’s “extremely conservative” Governor Sam Brownback had the temerity to blame the state’s budgetary woes and financial meltdown on “the failed economic policies of the Obama Administration” he asserted “are affecting states throughout the nation.” However, not only are Brownback and Kansas Republicans shifting blame for their economic ineptitude on President Obama, they are lying through their teeth and ignoring empirical data revealing that the President’s economic policies are great success stories because they are the polar opposite of Brownback and Republicans’ economic disasters. In fact, Democratic states like California that enacted economic policies Brownback claims are failures are thriving in every category and, like on the national level, were necessary to reverse the damage of eight years of a Republican administration following Bush and now Brownback’s failed economic policies.

On the national level, instead of a crushing budget shortfall, job losses, and a Moody’s credit downgrade Brownback’s trickle down tax cuts produced, the Congressional Budget Office reports that the Treasury Department posted a $114 billion surplus in April alone that is the largest for that month since 2008. The Congressional Budget Office also projected the 2014 shortfall declined to 2.8% of GDP, or $492 billion that is $23 billion below its own forecast a few months ago. The surplus is partly due to a minute tax increase on the richest one percent as well as more Americans leaving the ranks of the unemployed that eviscerates the thirty-plus year contention that greater tax cuts for the rich equals more jobs and increased revenue; an assertion that Kansas’ economic meltdown, job losses, and budget shortfall disproves. Brownback asserted that “economic policies of the Obama Administration are affecting states throughout the nation,” but like his claim Kansas’ economic disaster if proof tax cuts for the rich are working as planned, it is more lies to cover Republican economic policy failures.

California suffered an eight year Brownback-Bush-Kansas economic agenda under a Republican governor and legislature that killed jobs, blew up the deficit, and devastated the state’s economy, but the state rebounded magnificently with a Democratic governor and legislature. According to a recent comprehensive study, states that embrace conservative economic policies far underperform states enacting liberal economic policies, and California is a prime example of what liberal success looks like. California barely raised taxes on the rich similarly to federal policies and the result is within a year it is posting record budget surpluses, paying down its Republican deficit, increased spending for education, infrastructure, and domestic programs, and adding jobs at a rate outpacing the federal numbers and most states in the nation. In fact, the more liberal California economic agenda is producing more jobs, economic growth, and deficit reduction than any Republican “pro-business” agenda that is wreaking havoc on the Kansas economy.

Despite overwhelming empirical data proving that the Kansas and Bush economic agenda is  the quickest path to decimate an economy and kill jobs, House Republicans passed Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity (for the wealthy elite) budget that makes Brownback’s budget disaster look tame in comparison. In fact, Ryan’s budget is far worse for the economy, jobs, and debt and deficit than anything Bush or Brownback could possible impose and yet Republicans claim it is a job-creation, economy-growing, poverty halting, and deficit reducing bonanza despite projections it will increase the deficit and bring economic growth to a screeching halt. Still, Republicans could not help themselves from recently passing two permanent and unfunded tax cuts for the rich and corporations that add to the deficit and create no jobs. Republicans are not experimenting any longer because they know precisely what their “pro-business” tax cutting agenda will produce; more wealth for the one percent, higher debt and deficit, and annual budget shortfalls for the nation’s economy.

It is a travesty that racial animus prevents conservative, teabagger, libertarian, religious right, and Republican voters from spending even one minute perusing empirical data from the Bush-Republican era and states such as Kansas to comprehend their economic policies are disasters. However it is likely they know conservative economic policies are a path to poverty, job losses, and budget shortfalls regardless they are at the state or federal level, but their racial hatred of President Obama drives them to support the conservative economic agenda simply because it is the opposite of Obama’s.

Sam Brownback’s claim that Kansas’ revenue shortfall, economic underperformance, credit downgrade, and job losses are due to Obama’s economic policies is a bald-faced lie. The President’s economic policies have far outperformed Kansas or Bush-Republicans’ pro-business economic failures, and like California’s liberal economic policies are producing revenue surpluses, jobs, debt and deficit reduction in spite of minute tax hikes conservatives claim is the death knell for economic growth or job creation.

Still, Republicans are determined to repeat the same failed economic policies that have proven time and time again to retard economic growth, increase debt and deficit, kill jobs, and starve government  of revenue, but they can never claim their “experiment” needs more time to produce the desired results. Their scientific experiment in trickledown theory has been peer-reviewed, replicated ad nauseum, and studied to death with the same conclusions; Republican, libertarian, and Koch brother economic policies just fail.

If any American needs a real world, data-rich example of what America’s economy would look like with Republicans in charge, they can either harken back to eight years of Bush-Republicans’ economic disaster, or look at Kansas’ current economic catastrophe. If, however, they want to see the success of  liberal economic policies and cannot put aside their racial hatred of President Obama to see the nation’s declining debt and deficit, job creation successes, revenue surpluses, and economic growth they can look to California’s successes. Only a fool, or anti-Obama racist, would opt for Republican’s failed economic policies and unfortunately states like Kansas and Missouri, and every former Confederate state are overflowing with racists and fools who will vote for Republicans because they oppose the President and economic growth, job creation, and budget surpluses the rest of the nation are weary of sharing with self-loathing cretins supporting their own economic demise.



16 Replies to “Liberal States Outperform Conservative Ones as Republicans Push More Trickle Down”

  1. Even people in Kansas are starting to get tired of Brownbeck. Many are tired of the rigid right wing policies of Brownshirt. Kansas is undoubtly suffering a brain drain, as all right to work red states do. I remember Indiana saw a massive brain drain in the 80’s as trickle down policies devastated the steel industry and other manufacturing jobs.

    Suddenly high school drop outs and graduates could no longer count on working at Detroit Diesel Allison like their fathers did before them. They were stuck pumping gas. Even going into the military was an option increasingly closed off to high school drop outs.

    Meanwhile college graduates were graduating to minimum wage jobs. Most of my friends left in the 80s and 90s. Another kick in the pants was in both states you couldn’t get health insurance if you had a preexisting condition. So people left.

  2. It’s too bad that Republican Christians don’t actually read their bible, if they did, they might run across the part about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

    I know many Republicans and some of them are very much aware that RW economic policies don’t work, but they still vote Republican because of social issues.

    I’ve suggested to some of them that if they just can’t vote Democratic because of their religious beliefs, then maybe they should just abstain from voting at all.

    In my opinion, the RW agenda is much less in line with their beliefs than the Democratic agenda. Of course, they are not real Christians as they don’t follow the teachings of Jesus anyway.

  3. It is interesting that so many Republican voters can’t seem to make the connection between the results of the economic policies being promoted by the “leadership” (on behalf of the rich corporates and individuals who are paying for their campaigns)and the people they are voting for. Absolutely right though that they keep voting Republican mostly based on social issues.

    It will go down as the biggest con in history some day.

  4. The best way to create and maintain jobs in this nation is to deprive Republican/Conservative legislators and pundits their jobs. When Republicans thrive the country suffers.

  5. You’re right and just as in France, 1793 and Russia, 1917, the situation has to get positively wretched and a critical mass of people starving for people to get uber mobilized.

  6. In addition to the examples mentioned in the article, it was reported last week that New Jersey has just suffered its fifth — FIFTH — credit downgrade since Chris Christie has been governor. So the question is, why does ANYONE still think Republicans know jack shit about budgets or the economy?

  7. Voters under the age of 50 were children when trickle down economics was pushed through by Republicans on presidential advice of economic advisor William Niskanen, former chairman of the Cato Institute, founded by the Koch brothers. My math indicates that 3 decades of trickle down tax cuts, plus 3 decades of related interest expense, account for nearly the equivalent of the entire $17.5T US debt today. Compare the current 39.6% top bracket tax rate to the tax rates in effect in the 50 years prior to 1982 at this link Here is where the trickle down economics deficit spending on interest expense (interest income for the wealthy bondholders) has been hiding Share this information with voters who may not understand the term “trickle down economics”.

  8. You cockroaches must have great drugs. Kansas is just fine. Businesses are fleeing blue states like rats off a sinking ship. Keep puffing on that weed you panhandlers.

  9. @shaggy, when you think debating means calling people ‘cockroaches” you’ve already lost. Heres some friendly advice, trying acting like MAN, and if you have something intelligent to say, SAY IT! as for the ‘cockroaches”? YOU can leave them back at your trailer BUBBA

  10. We must be reading different studies of the same link! American Legislative Council Economic Outlook Index ranks the 50 states and the top ten are ALL led by Republicans or conservative legislatures. In contrast, all but one of the bottom ten are states operated by Democrats.

  11. LOL, you are using ALEC as a source? A koch brother funded group that is doing its best to take away every thing you have at work and everything else you own? A group that writes all the laws in republicans states so your representatives dont have to? Seriously?

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