Kansas Is Going Bankrupt And Republicans Are Lying About the Tax Cutting Reason Why


In the field of psychiatry, pathological lying, compulsive lying, or pseudologia fantastica is a behavior of habitual lying that is defined as “falsification entirely disproportionate to any discernible end in view, may be extensive and very complicated, and may manifest over a period of years or even a lifetime.” In some cases the individual may be be unaware that they are relating fantasies, but when they repeat the same lie as fact for thirty years despite empirical data disproving their assertion, it is safe to say they know they are lying.

Republicans and conservative economists continue claiming cutting taxes for the rich is key to full employment, wealth for the masses, government flush with money, and a robust economy. In fact, Kansas Republican Governor Sam Brownback and the Republican legislature were so confident that slashing safety nets, cutting education, and spending a budget surplus on tax cuts for the rich would produce an economic bonanza, they gave the wealthy well over a billion dollars in unfunded tax cuts that has the state’s economy starved of revenue. However, despite Republican warnings the state will be bankrupt in two years, more than 100 Kansas Republicans swearing to help replace Brownback with a Democrat for governor, and a credit agency downgrading Kansas credit, a noted conservative economist lied to support Brownback’s tax cuts as a job creating bonanza. Kansas is lagging behind the rest of the nation in creating jobs besides facing a revenue shortfall of massive proportions.

The Heritage Foundation’s senior economist, Stephen Moore, wrote a pro-Brownback op-ed attacking Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman because like every economist not in the employ of the Heritage Foundation and Fox News, Krugman does not support Republicans’ failed trickle-down scam. Moore was caught red-handed deliberately using incorrect statistics to convince readers that Brownback’s tax cuts create jobs. Moore lied and claimed states that do not give huge tax cuts to the rich are “getting clobbered by tax-cutting states” in the number of jobs created. The editorial board of The Kansas City Star caught Moore’s lies and published annotated corrections to his false assertions specifically stating that “the author misstated job growth rates for four states and the time covered.” In other words; Moore was lying to convince Kansas residents that Brownback’s “ruinous” and “dramatic tax-cutting failure” warrants giving him another four years to completely eviscerate the Kansas economy.

In another instance of conservatives projecting their malfeasance on Democrats, Moore accused “liberals” like Krugman of “cherry-picking a few events” to argue that major tax cuts like Brownback’s are failing miserably. Not only did Moore deliberately “cherry pick bad data to support his claims,” he cherry-picked a time frame when the entire nation was suffering from the Great Recession due, in part, to Bush-Republicans’ major tax cuts for the rich. One might think Moore is unaware he was lying about the benefits of continuing to give tax cuts to the rich, but after thirty years of trickle-down’s abject failure, he knew he was lying like he has done for years.

For example, Moore has consistently criticized the idea of raising the minimum wage he claims will result in a “big increase in unemployment.” Obviously Moore, a “noted conservative economist,” saw the recent statistics that the states he claimed lag “major tax-cutting Republican states” that raised their minimum wage, and taxes, are leading the nation in job creation as well a overall economic growth. One of the states Moore specifically cited, California, is experiencing the nation’s best job creation increase according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in spite of increasing the minimum wage and taxes on the rich. Moore also spent years claiming the Affordable Care Act would kill millions of American jobs, and yet the unemployment rate is falling and there has been 52 straight months of private sector job growth while millions of Americans have healthcare for the first time in their lives.

Stephen Moore, like the Heritage Foundation he represents, is not just a pathological liar, he is guilty of pseudologia fantastica. It is unlikely Kansas residents believe such fantastic lies about the raging success of Brownback’s tax cutting-spree because they see the devastation of the trickle down scam first hand. Certainly, a group of one-hundred-and-four current and former Kansas legislators understand that Brownback’s billion-plus dollar tax cuts for the rich are decimating Kansas.

The group, Republicans for Kansas Values, endorsed Brownback’s Democratic challenger and released a statement saying, “All of us standing here today know Kansas can do better. We can have better schools and a stronger economy. The values that unite us as Kansans are much bigger than the partisanship and experiment of Sam Brownback. Through hard work and cooperation, we can restore Kansas together.” The 104 Republicans cited Brownback’s failed trickle down tax plan, severe cuts to schools, and fiscally irresponsible budgeting as reasons for their historic decision and praised Paul Davis (D) for being a moderate with common sense leadership and “focus on proven solutions” such as “reinstating taxes and spending at their previous levels;” precisely what Stephen Moore lied and said is a recipe for disaster.

Obviously, there is no lie too fantastic, including citing false statistics, Republicans and their Heritage Foundation economists are willing to parrot ad nausem to perpetuate their thirty year failed economic theory that giving more tax cuts to the rich is the key to economic wonderland. Moore has always been a condescending liar and for the second time he has been caught lying. In February, CNN’s Carol Costello destroyed Moore’s conservative economic lies disparaging any consideration of raising the minimum wage, and correctly noted “that raising it would increase incomes and decrease poverty.”

One would think that of all the states Moore would choose to unleash a rash of lies about the benefits of giving major tax cuts to the rich, he would have picked anyplace except Kansas. But Republicans, and so-called “noted” conservative economists, are such pathological liars that they likely actually believe Kansas residents are unaware their state is drowning in debt, suffered a credit downgrade, lags the entire nation in job creation, and cannot afford $100,000 to keep a children’s homeless shelter open; all due to what Stephen Moore says is the reason Kansas is “clobbering states” that are succeeding because they did not give tax cuts to the rich.



29 Replies to “Kansas Is Going Bankrupt And Republicans Are Lying About the Tax Cutting Reason Why”

  1. Gee, I guess people in Kansas are starting to see the light. This Governor Brownback fella, was ripe with the conservative trickle down theory !!! Not. But there are a host of others, Walker, Deal, Lepage, Perry and the present Governor of Florida and Pennsylvania have already started packing. Oh, how they long for another term!!! Not. It just proves what I have already said, they can not govern, they are only able to serve there OWN constituents. It took me thirty years to figure this out. Be smart and vote these worthless political hacks out in 2014 and beyond.

  2. I’m in no way supporting the already-debunked trickle down theory, nor Brownback’s implementation of it. But how quickly should we expect to see effects of new policy, and be reasonable about it? A year? Two? Five or ten?

    Economies can take a dive immediately, or move glacially back to good. Brownback’s plan was a non-starter from the beginning, based on a concept already proven to be a pipe dream. But are we jumping to conclusions too early? When can we reasonably tell them for sure their ideas have – once again – failed?

  3. You really wouldn’t expect anything different from Repiglicans would you? They are without a doubt the biggest liars and misrepresenters of the truth since Joseph Goebbels!

  4. the saying is that when the republicans defecate, democrats are left cleaning the mess. that us precisely what Davis will be doing. Brownback is outta there!

    The Republicans are going to go down in defeat with about 8 governorship come November. I know each state is different, but, if possible, they should look at what Jerry Brown has done with California. After two Republican governors, California is in the black.

    Industries are moving to California, underemployment is going down….the economy there is picking up.

    It sounds as if Republican voters are wising up this election season and are fed up with leaders in their own party. That benefits the left come November.

  5. The Heritage Foundation gets Millions in Tax Dollars to HIRE Lobbyist that PAY Politicians to support Right Wing causes. 1000’s of the Non Profits take Millions with GOP Politicians ending up with the cash !!!!!

  6. I hope you’re right about the voters, but I fear you’re not. I don’t live there anymore, thank goodness, but I still have plenty of family there, conservative, upper middle types. They still buy into the lies. These are well-educated professionals, not gun-toting hillbillies, it’s frightening. (Okay, so hillbillies in Kansas isn’t really a possibility–busted for hyperbole.)

  7. I would suspect that the gop will say anything in support of brownbeck

    And they will say it as Kansas swirls around the toilet

  8. We keep saying the people willwake in time to vote like the did in 2012 and we have to keep the pressure on. The president has to stay on the road inspite of what the republicans and teaparty say. He don’t have to be at the border for photo shots, he can walk and chew gum and at the same time. The reason they want him in DC looking at them or out the country on at the border because then he won’t be a cheerleader getting the message out for the close mouth democrats who are scared of the republicans. One thing about the president he can be just as loud as the republicans and holler and get his message across with the truth just like he did for 2012 and the republicans know it. They know he knows how to get the people out and they will come out to vote if he stay on the road from now until election. They really are more afraid of the president than they are of Hillary because they know they can’t get away this with her because of Bill.

  9. let the whole state, ok, tx, mi, ak, the whole region go into the kochs pockets. let those ‘good xtian’ rw fools who lick up the rw propaganda, wake up to the new kochville, where the motto is, koch industries, better living with fascism…

  10. From a BLUE California liberal with a $2.5 BILLION state budget surplus…..HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
    I’d like to thank Governor Jerry Brown!!!!

  11. From a BLUE California liberal with a $2.5 BILLION state budget surplus…..HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
    I’d like to thank our Governor Jerry Brown!!!!

    New jobs report for June 2014, the largest over-the-month increases in
    employment occurred in, Florida 37,000; California 24,000; New York 22,000

    California’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.4 percent in June, and nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 24,200 during the month for a total gain of 1,351,800 jobs since the recovery began in February 2010

  12. Won’t Kansans be surprised when they become this century’s “Okies”, immigrating to the jobs in other states and wanted by no one because they were gullible enough to ruin Kansas themselves.

  13. What many stories about Kansas fail to mention is the number of “new businesses” supposedly created since the tax cuts were implemented. Of course those “new business” were actually just old small businesses that incorporated only to take advantage of those tax cuts. the reality is there were few if any actual new businesses created.

    I also have seen stories about paved roads in Kansas being turned back into dirt roads to save money. Now that’s what I call Kansas progress.

  14. In this situation we can see results quickly. Likely in less than a year. Because we can easily compare Kansas to other states that have taken a different philosophy. And when we do this we see this trickle down scheme being used in Kansas is a complete failure.

  15. The ‘trickle down’ programs have been a spectacular success … for the 0.1% uber wealthy. Remember, they put their money into assets so they have built themselves into people who are not American, they have their own’country’. They will jump ship whenever it pleases them.

  16. The comparison between Minn. and Wis. is a good one. You would be hard pressed to find two states with more similarities. In 2010 Minn. went dem and Wis. went rep. Since then, Minn. is fifth in job creation and Wis. is thirty-fifth. WI is also lagging on most social issues and the tax cuts will take their toll in the form of budget deficits in the next few years.

  17. I’ve taken a ton of graduate level econ courses, so I’ll attempt to address your question. Some economic policies like giving tax cuts to the middle and lower classes have a greater and faster stimulative effect on a state’s economy because these groups tend to spend the extra income rather quickly. If tax cuts are given to the very wealthy, they tend to invest the extra income, save it, or buy high-ticket items. This doesn’t have the almost immediate stimulative effect on the economy. Tax cuts themselves aren’t inherently evil, but many GOPTP pols target the wrong group. The very wealthy are a small percentage of a state/nation, so although they have more buying power, their spending is small when compared to that of the millions in the lower and middle classes. It’s a numbers game and involves getting the best bang for your buck. If Brownback had given the biggest tax cuts to the middle and lower classes, the KS economy would have begun to improve in about six months.

  18. Even with Kansas having terrible job creation numbers, I read that there is also a mass exodus of people leaving Kansas. So the Brownnose (koch) experiment failed worse than the job and budget numbers show.

  19. The company Paychex which does outsourcing for US small businesses and does a small business(50 or fewer employees)employment survey has just released their index for July. Guess which state has the best rate of growth in job creation among US small business? Texas or North Dakota? nope. That would be the liberal state of Washington along with its high minimum wages. The Paychex index shows that states in the south which have led in US job growth up until recently are slowing down some. While the northern states and western states are beginning to see greater rates of job growth. Guess people do want to work for higher wages after all!

  20. The GOP policies did not “once again fail”, they never, ever, ever, ever, ever worked. Not since the 2nd. worst President in the last 50 years ( ronny raygun ) and his ignorant trickle down make the rich richer BS economics failed the first time and has forever after. Huge tax cuts for corporations and wealthy citizens create a horrible economy, LOOK AROUND YOU, wake up. When wealthy citizens and corporations have enough excess money to try to buy political elections,THEN THEY DON’T PAY ENOUGH TAXES. And that is bad for American, LOOK AROUND.

  21. Stephen Moore is nothing more than an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill for the plutocrats who pay his salary and control the country.

    He is a charlatan and a fraud and his “economic theories” thoroughly discredited.

    This neanderthal of trickle down economics should be put out to pasture on behalf of the 99%

  22. Majiir, I disagree. Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis found 40 years ago that so-called fiscal stimulus doesn’t stimulate in non-liquidity trap conditions–monetary policy does it all. In liquidity trap conditions like we’ve had since 2009, a tax cut for average people or a spending increase financed by borrowing moves money from low-velocity accounts of the rich to higher-velocity accounts of average people, so it does stimulate some. But when done by a state, fiscal stimulus doesn’t work because states are forced to balance budgets and cut state spending to pay for tax cuts. At best, states can only break even on job creation doing that. When tax cuts are tilted to the rich, they lose jobs. And the public job layoffs damage state services that were put in place usually for good reasons.

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