Will Kansas be a model for nation or a warning?

Gov. Sam Brownback’s effort to turn Kansas into a “red-state model” was featured in a long report on National Public Radio last weekend. Brownback explained how he wants to put Kansas on a “glide path” to zero income taxes as a way to create growth and attract investment. But economist Brad DeLong warned that Brownback’s approach likely will produce “a relatively low-wage form of economic development” and result in social services that are “quite lousy.” Former Gov. Bill Graves also was interviewed and blamed Kansas’ sharp shift to the right on a well-funded effort to “suggest that less government is gonna be better for everyone.”