Kansans want no part of another flawed tax-cut scheme.
With the debacle launched in 2012 by Gov. Sam Brownback and his ultraconservative allies still exacting great harm, Kansans don’t understand why the same tax-cut approach has gained favor in the nation’s capital — and why our own elected representatives, of all people, are on board.
Deep income-tax cuts didn’t generate meaningful job growth as promised in Kansas by Brownback and company. Generous corporate-tax breaks at the federal level won’t, either.
That reality, one expressed by numerous economic experts, didn’t matter to a congressional contingent from Kansas that supported the major tax-code change as it drew closer to approval.
Concerns of worried Kansans were dismissed. During a recent town hall meeting, for example, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran showed no interest in rejecting the “trickle-down” approach to economic growth, in spite of the cautionary tale in his own state.
He joined fellow Republicans in Congress who, in supporting President Trump’s interest in huge corporate-tax breaks, tried to portray the federal strategy as different from the one responsible for the fiscal mess in Kansas.
Yet similarities are striking and undeniable.
The federal plan would be bankrolled with significant debt, just like in Kansas.
Desperate to score what they’d consider a needed victory before the end of the year with elections ahead in 2018, Republicans rushed to add and subtract particulars designed to land votes needed for passage, regardless of the potential fallout.
Such sweeping overhaul warrants months of thoughtful and open debate. Instead, it’s been pushed through without due deliberation — just like in Kansas.
The tax breaks that would disproportionately benefit major corporations with scant tax relief to ordinary Americans were pursued at the behest of corporate giants such as Koch Industries. Just like in Kansas.
And just like in Kansas, the damage from such radical and reckless policy would be far reaching and long lasting, with funding for programs many people depend on slashed to pay for the tax cuts.
Responsible lawmakers know better, but our members of Congress would rather put the interests of the wealthy above those of all others.
Just like in Kansas.