Brownback tries to downplay pope’s criticisms

popefrancisGov. Sam Brownback tried to downplay recent comments by Pope Francis (in photo) about economic policies, suggesting there wasn’t any disagreement between them. What the pope was really trying to say, Brownback told the Topeka Capital-Journal, was that “we shouldn’t have unfettered capitalism.” Brownback said he didn’t think the pope was saying “you should tax and take all the money from the private sector and it should be run by the public sector.” Of course that wasn’t what the pope was saying. He wasn’t discussing economic extremes. What the pope said was that trickle-down economics hasn’t helped the poor and reflects “a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power.”