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Remember when the GOP used to say that states were the "laboratories of democracy?" It sounded smart but they never learned from their experiments blowing up in their faces.

Glad to hear Kansas is on the rebound, and thanks to this article I can look back at my tune "I'm as Broke as Kansas" knowing Brownback got the boot :-)

https://youtu.be/x_KonTmfIFg?si=vimTJJ8ST8YtIHax

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They only say that when they do things the Right way.

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Once you go Republican, you'll claw your way back. And probably get a fucking restraining order in the meantime.

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Sooooo the GOP mantra of cutting taxes for billionaires in a state with no billionaires seems even dumber than usual?

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Koch lives in Wichita Kansas. So Brownback may have trashed Kansas for the sake of ONE billionaire.

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This is both completely insane and yet likely true. Creating abject hardship for thousands so one person who already had more money than they could ever spend could have slightly more money is the embodiment of Republicanism Thank you for pointing it out.

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Yeah, well, the Kansas economy wouldn’t be growing so fast if Brownback hadn’t trashed it. Checkmate, libtards!

(Seriously, though, how many of these failed experiments is it gonna take for conservatives to stop believing the lie that tax cuts and austerity help anyone?)

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It's important that we Republicans give the people back THEIR OWN money so they can spend it as they choose best.

Like clubbing together with neighbors and friends to build a highway from Wichita to Topeka. Imagine what a mess the gubmint would make of that!

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It's an article of faith with them, and so, like religion, there is no level of proof that will convince them to do otherwise.

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Someone please tell the Brownback-style lunatics that are bent on destroying Iowa.

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Each state must make their own journey with Vergil through "GOP Paradise."

Good luck.

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Though I no longer live in Iowa, it's my home state. It pains me to see state leadership steadfastly refuse to learn from the very same mistakes that Kansas made - all in the name of greed. The ideology of greed and Puritanical control.

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Oh I'm sure it's the same people who are touting it. After Kansas they were invited to Alaska and now the Marine Highway is falling apart, we can't get a proper plowing in Anchorage, and the schools (including the university) are underfunded. I'm sure that woman who sold that bill of goods is grifting her way around the country.

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Dec 29, 2023·edited Dec 30, 2023

It's probably because Brownback took them so far down they had nowhere left to go but up.

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"I been MAGA so dammn long,

It looks like up to me..."

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My town's council has gone majority R for 2024. May the Force help us.

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The last excuse is gone. Anyone still claiming they vote GOP because they're better for the economy, despite 40 years of evidence to the contrary, is simply groping for a socially acceptable way to support white-supremacist theocracy.

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Rich people - rich like "normal people rules simply don't apply to me because I can buy my way out of ANY trouble" - are the only people who can claim to support the GOP for economic reasons truthfully.

They are still arseholes ... but they aren't lying.

Everyone else is lying or stupid.

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Everyone else is lying or stupid.

Insert 'why not both' gif here.

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Just don't expect to read about this, or any other "good news for Joe Biden" in the MSM anytime soon, or ever.

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Kansas is still Kansas, with Republicans running everything except the Governor's desk. You'd have to pay me to get all hopey and dreamy about that place. The waters are polluted, the minimum wage is $7 per hour, and their economy is buoyed by federally subsidized ag programs. It's no utopia, unless you really love the ruggedly individualistic prairie lifestyle.

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Don’t piss on my shoes and tell me the trickle down is good for me.

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As a style point, I'd have added another neener. Otherwise, no notes.

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I live in Kansas and Kelly catches SO much hate here, I can already see the writing on the wall that we'll throw it all away and elect a Republican next time like we always do. Shoot, the voters already forgot how much of a lunatic Kobach is and elected him as our state attorney general.

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It's easy to have a large growth (percentage wise) after a republican has destroyed everything and the bar is set so low. Go Dems. Make Dorothy proud of Kansas again!

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Do “austerity” budgets in harsh economic times for states or nations EVER work??

They make banks happy because loans get paid or rolled over, but the usual effect seems to be prolonged misery for most of the population; and delayed recovery until some government starts pumping money into the economy to get people employed and spending money again.

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Never. Not once.

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What you see here is an example of “We all do better when we all do better.” Without saying it, this is the economic model the Biden Administration is working to establish. When you strengthen unions, when you infuse communities with knowledge, skills, and capital, and when you seek to ensure everyone has a fair shot and everyone is equal under the law, you’re setting the stage for everyone to do better and, if you keep at it, you get to see the virtuous cycle gaining momentum.

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But how can I enjoy doing better if one of those people (if you know who I'm talking about, and I think you do) is also doing better? Also, how do you extract the last ounce of fear-driven overwork from someone if they have a little financial cushion? Why, some of them just walk out the door when their shift is over and think about how they're going to enjoy the weekend. Outrageous!

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Remember, happiness is a zero-sum game. If someone else is content for any reason, you must suffer in proportion

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