An editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal headlined “What’s Right With Kansas” praised Gov. Sam Brownback for calling the bluff of GOP tax-cut opponents and “signing the biggest tax cut in Kansas history,” declaring that in contrast to the fiscal actions in France and Washington, “some enlightenment reigns in the American heartland.” The editorial concluded: “Low tax rates aren’t the only policy needed for growth, and Kansas would be better off had Senate Republicans agreed to reduce loopholes while cutting rates. But the tax cut will force state politicians to restrain spending, and above all it sends a signal to businesses and taxpayers that Kansas wants more of both.” The editorial made no mention of the schools and social services that will bear the damaging brunt of that restrained spending. The Wall Street Journal editorial board has singled out Brownback for praise repeatedly this year.
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