What indeed is the matter with Kansas?

stateseal“Our state’s politicians praise unrestricted free enterprise,” political science professor Mark Peterson wrote. “They promise better schools, highways, economic boosterism and support for children. What they have delivered is a severe reduction in tax revenue partially offset with heavy borrowing through the state transportation department to help pay state government’s general expenses. And they engage in antics that waste time, money and the state’s reputation in every quarter of the land. What indeed is the matter with Kansas?”