Don’t Be Fooled Because Kansas Republicans Admit Trickle Down Is a Scam


Besides being inherently cruel, Republicans are intrinsically lazy sots in more ways than one. It is true they revel in being legislators; a job that in their view just entails repealing existing laws and screaming no to anything new. Republicans are incapable of coming up with any new ideas whatsoever to help the American people, at least over the past thirty years. It is particularly true when it comes to the economy where, for the thirty years since Ronald Reagan was president, their only policy proposal to grow the economy or create jobs is either deregulation or giving more tax cuts to the rich.  What Americans should finally have worked out for themselves is that the only thing that does not create jobs more than deregulation is tax cuts for the rich. If the Republicans’ assertion over the past thirty years was even semi-valid, the Bush administration’s eight year folly with unfunded tax cuts for the rich should have created an entire population of millionaires and economic growth the entire world envied. Instead the economy crashed and tens-of-millions of Americans lost their jobs; the rich came out wealthier than ever.

Despite the epic income inequality that is killing Americans’ financial status that began with Reagan and grew uncontrollably during the Bush era, several Republican states decided that Bush-Republicans did not go far enough with trickle down and are now experiencing historic economic woes that are leading to state-level catastrophes. What is stunning, really, is that Republicans like Kansas Governor Sam Brownback have witnessed national economic growth and job creation under President Obama, and still went in the opposite direction and enacted monumental unfunded tax cuts for the rich he promised would make Kansas the national model to follow because of brilliant conservative governance.

Many Americans were shocked that Sam Brownback won re-election and earned another four years to completely destroy the economy. The reason anyone was surprised Brownback won re-election was the disaster he created for Kansas’ economy that prompted many hardcore Republicans in Kansas to decry Brownback’s tax cut folly and came out in support of his opponent. What they failed to comprehend was that Brownback had a secret weapon to distract Kansas voters from the state’s financial disaster; the fetus. However, even the fetus could not fix the state’s finances and instead of revisiting the abject failure trickle down wrought on the state after winning re-election, Brownback stood firm, blew off calls to rescind some of the tax cuts, and promised more were on the near horizon.

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As was predicted by even Kansas Republicans a few months ago, the Kansas economy is on pace to fall short of revenue by $600 million that is a whopping $200 million more than even trickle down Sam expected. Now, Kansas’ Republican legislators are all but admitting their precious trickle down experiment was not only a failure, it is a scam. In fact, although not quite stating “our only economic policy is a scam to enrich corporations and the wealthy,” just admitting they have to raise taxes to plug gaping revenue holes and more recently, that income inequality is a problem in America, is just as good.

Now that Republicans are starting to bemoan income inequality in America, the people should understand it is not that they care about the plight of the poor or vanishing middle class, but because they have no choice due to the Obama economic recovery that most Americans know has enriched all sectors except the general population. Income inequality is nothing new, and it did not start with the Obama economic recovery; it began with Reagan and has continued unabated. It is a fact that should incite any thinking American to finally wonder; just how much of the nation’s wealth does the population have to give the rich before the people or the government benefit? It is a question Kansas residents were likely asking before trickle down Sam brought out the sacred fetus. It is also a question Republicans are finding difficult to answer now that every American alive knows the economic recovery has been ongoing for six  years and everyone but the rich are getting poorer and poorer with no end in sight.

Over the past few months when a Republican talks about income inequality, and admits that it is a real problem in this country, they are unwittingly admitting that they know their cherished trickle-down economic policy is a riotous scam. Whether he will ever admit it in public or to his wealthy backers, or acknowledge what every American not in the richest one percent already knows,  presidential candidate Jeb Bush admitted the Republicans’ only economic policy since Reagan has been a glaring failure for Americans. It has been a money-making bonanza for the filthy rich, their corporations, and Wall Street, but no other American in the bottom 98 percent of income earners.  When Jeb Bush made the mistake of noting “that wages in America were not keeping pace with the growing wealth among the richest one percent of Americans

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,” he was admitting that it is due trickle-down economics. It is noteworthy that the majority of the Bush tax cuts are still in effect, and the minute tax hike two years ago amounted to a pittance for the rich; particularly when they hide the majority of their substantial income offshore where they are not taxed.

In an interview Bush said, “If we grew at a far faster rate, the middle would no longer be as squeezed as they are. We are in the sixth year of recovery, and median income is below what it was at the start of the recovery.” Notice that Bush threw in a qualifier; “if we grew at a far faster rate” to give himself cover amongst his funders who still demand greater tax cuts in spite of the growing awareness trickle down is a monumental scam. The fact that Kansas Republicans acknowledge, for the third time in a little under a year, that the state’s economy cannot survive the Republican trickle down scam and that they now have to revisit Brownback’s tax cut mania does not mean Republicans will abandon the only economic ideology they know. Even their demigod Ronald Reagan had to raise taxes several times after trickle down failed, and yet for thirty years Republicans have never wavered or faltered from their plan of imposing the only economic policy they adhere to; more tax cuts for the rich and hope the population will fall for the fetus trick like they do as a matter of course.

Even though some Kansas Republicans, some Republicans in Congress, and Republican presidential aspirants like Bush point out that over the last six years of the Obama economic recovery income has declined regardless the wealthy are getting richer, they are admitting that everything about the Republicans’ only economic policy is a farce. If what has been happening over the past six years in America, lower taxes and wealth at the top, was all that was required to host a robust middle class and declining poverty, all Americans would be financially secure. As has been noted by many non-conservative economists, the only reason wages are flat or have declined during the six year wealth-creating recovery is not, as Republicans claim, due to higher tax burdens on the job creators, regulations, or a depressed economy. It is because greedy businesses, large and small, reveled in the devastating effects of Bush-Republicans Great Recession that forced tens-of-millions of out-of-work Americans to take jobs for slave wages.

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The only economic policy that is a proven failure on the level of Republicans’ cherished “harsh austerity during economic depression” is trickle-down economics at any time. The ridiculous failings of trickle down were first manifest thirty years and drove Republican man-god Ronald Reagan to raise taxes eleven times to prevent the revenue shortfalls from driving the economy into bankruptcy. Still, that lesson was lost on George W. Bush who repeated Reagan’s unfunded tax-cutting folly that failed to teach Republican governors like Kansas’ Sam Brownback who pledged that his trickle down tax cuts would prove that the only Republican economic policy would spur a job creating bonanza and fill the state coffers with mounds of money trickling down from the rich.

Now that national Republicans are talking about income inequality, and Kansas Republicans are putting tax hikes on the table to save their state’s dying economy, one would like to say Republicans admit their only economic policy is a failure, and a scam. But these are lazy devious Republicans and it is important to remember that they are not going to come up with a different economic policy, ever. Not when they can wave around a fetus and fool all the people again. It worked for Sam Brownback’s Kansas disaster and if any American thinks it will not work again on the national level they have not been paying attention over the past thirty years.

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    • The great Thom Hartmann has said on his show many times the following:

      "Trickle down economics only creates a nation of peons."

    • It's a sign of pure insanity to trying to do the same thing over and over when it's FAILED, over and over.

      It's been 48 years since California was the guinea pig for the trickle-piss when governor reagan started it here in 1967.
      He took governor '59-'67 Pat Brown's properity and FLUSHED IT.
      He was the reason for HUGE deficit, sound familiar? California was laughed at for this.

      Yet what pulled us out of our deficit and recession is LIBERAL BLUE policies via Governor Jerry Brown beginning in 2010.

      Edmund G. Brown Is Dead at 90; He Led California in Boom Years
      http://www.nytimes.com/1996/02/18/us/edmund-g-brown-is-dead-at-90-he-led-california-in-boom-years.html

  • So long as Rich Folks get to continue and enhance income inequality in their favor because of "Trickle Down", it will remain.

    They only call it class warfare when the non-rich decide to take their money back.

  • pay no attention to the man behind the curtain... watch the shiny quarter in my hand...

    sleight of hand and distraction work nearly every time...

  • What are the common people to do?

    Get the vote out!
    Support the unions.
    Shop with the independents instead to shop at the corporations.
    Get involved with your local voter registration.
    Get involved at the grass root level

    • Well said. Democratic voters far outnumber republicans, but the Dems rarely turn out in mass numbers at the polls the way right wingers always do. We have to find a way to galvanize our base so we can outvote the GOP. The DNC has to do a much, much better job of engaging the Democratic voter base or else we'll be stuck with more republican idiocy again. Please be sure to register and vote, and get your friends and family to do the same. Remember, republicans hate it when lots of people vote because it means the GOP's voter suppression tactics aren't working well.

  • I don't mind that all the articles on this site have a left-wing bias; it is a left wing site. But this Rmuse person really goes over the top with his editorials. Here's one of the "quotes" from this article:

    In fact, although not quite stating "our only economic policy is a scam to enrich corporations and the wealthy,"...

    Why is that in quotes? To whom is it attributed if it was "not quite stated"? Did Rmuse just make it up and throw quotation marks around it? That's a serious problem, because alert readers now have to wonder how much of the rest of it is made-up hyperbole.

    • If you still believe in the Republican trickle down economy, then there is nothing to be gained in attempting to explain anything to you. If you can't face facts, debating with you is futile and insanity.

    • Remuse wrote "In fact, although not quite stating “our only economic policy is a scam to enrich corporations and the wealthy,”, he is not attributing the quote to anybody, but is correct by implying that that is something they might as well have said.

      Did you not study composition in your English Classes>?

      • Yeah, by and large I stayed awake during composition class. Quotes should only be used for quoted or spoken language. You can't use quotes to imply what somebody might have said.
        And the problem here is this makes the headline of the article a complete falsehood. That's not good for this website and its credibility. Somebody needs to let Rmuse know this is not professional writing.

    • So now "Robert" is the unofficial Politicus copy editor? Is that really the pathetic most you can find fault with? That liberal bias must include an understanding of English Comp. And here's some history for you, as well. G. Bush senior also said that republicans' duty was to "...Move wealth to higher, tighter, righter hands." Meaning the 1%.

      • Yeah, this is an issue because now someone wanting to argue why trickle down theory is bad could cite this headline as a source to prove an argument, and the headline is a lie!
        This is why all publications need to be careful.

        • Since you're "holier than thou" why don't YOU write an article on the joys of trickle-down piss. Has it ever worked?

          I've lived it for 47 years in California and liberal governor Brown has turned our DEFICIT turned into a SURPLUS.

          With state revenues running $6.7 billion more than predicted in January’s preliminary budget…
          http://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Gov-Jerry-Brown-s-budget-leaves-little-room-6267071.php

          California’s debt was caused by years of republican borrow and spend beginning with governor Reagan's trickle-down scheme.
          With Surplus in Hand, California Eyes Debt
          http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/us/with-surplus-in-hand-california-eyes-debt.html

        • Are you out of your mind. This article covers the issue of the absolute failure of trickle-down economics, and all you can see is a supposed missused quote! How about admitting Piss-on Economics has failed in every way, from Reagan to Brownback. How about you republicans coming up with something other than tax cuts for the rich as a way to strengthen America. We are way too close to having the pitchforks out against the 1%ers. Don't you see the train wreck your party has put on the American people? Let me ask you this, if you are not a 1%er, what has the GOP done for you, personally???

    • Wow! Your arrogance is showing and it isn't pretty. So, you "don’t mind that all the articles on this site have a left-wing bias;" because "it is a left wing site." You don't mind? Seriously? That is so stinking kind and tolerant of you. What a swell guy you are.

      The whole idea of an editorial, political commentary, or op-ed, whatever you call them, is to use rhetoric to belabor a point. Maybe "this Rmuse person really goes over the top with his editorials," but that really is the point of political, or any kind of commentary. It is not an MLA research paper, it is political editorial and obviously it is to make a point that you don't like.

      Whether you "mind it" or not is as insignificant as your bemoaning how "this Rmuse" person makes their point. You embarrass yourself and don't know it. Don't do embarrass yourself. It's not pretty.

      • Robert is your typical "holier than thou" tea bagger and just babbles nonsence.

        He loves to blame undocumented immigrants for the HELL HOLE of Texas issues.

  • Yes, even Brownback admits that his tax policy hasn't worked, and taxes need to be raised. Don't be fooled.

    Brownback is NOT rescinding any of the tax cuts he has given to the already rich, he will be raising taxes on things the middle class uses, like gasoline. He will also be making bucks off charging ATM fees on people drawing TANF and SNAP. The fact is, by limiting the amount they are allowed to withdraw to only $25 a day, they are charging both bank fees AND fees going to Brownback's general fund.

    The Republicans will never do anything to benefit the country. they will continue with their trickle-down theory until there will no longer be a middle class, only the poor and the rich.

  • "You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." That's only true when people aren't living in the right wing bubble. There the people get fooled all of the time into voting against their own interests.

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