Personal Responsibility

Sam Brownback Destroyed Kansas, Now He’s Getting a Bailout

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

For the residents of Kansas, this may be welcome news, but for Governor Sam Brownback it's definitely great news.

The Kansas City Star and Kansas Public Radio report that Brownback will soon be named the ambassador to the U.N. for agriculture.

No offer has been extended yet, according to The Star’s sources, but the governor has discussed the possibility of taking a position as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for food and agriculture, a position that would move the Midwestern governor to Rome. [...]

Kansas Public Radio reported Wednesday afternoon that Brownback was poised to be named ambassador, citing an unnamed source who called it a “done deal.”

If you're Sam Brownback, this would be exceedingly convenient because, if he's shipped off to Rome, he'll no longer be responsible for cleaning up the mess he made.

Everyone knows Brownback's tax cut regime emptied the state's coffers, but there's so much more to it than that.

Brownback has fought a years-long battle against several public school districts because his administration could not be bothered to fund education at a level that is constitutional. Brownback has also fought a years-long battle against the state judiciary after the state Supreme Court ordered his administration to properly fund education. Brownback threatened to defund the judiciary and also signed a law stripping the judiciary of its authority to appoint district judges. That law was struck down by the state Supreme Court.

Brownback's tax cut regime also inspired a wave of average people to declare themselves businesses so they could avoid pay taxes, leaving the state in a permanent fiscal hole that's still wide open today following years of budget cuts and fiscal stunts. More recently, the Brownback administration decided it would stop publishing quarterly fiscal results so that no one would know how bad things are.

Brownback also refused to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, depriving the state of billions of federal dollars and healthcare for hundreds of thousands of people.

If Brownback is named ambassador to the U.N., he won't have to worry about any of this anymore. It'll be someone else's problem.

I imagine residents of Kansas would have mixed feelings about his departure. On one hand, he should be held responsible for the mess he's made but, on the other hand, everything he touches turns to shit and you're glad to see him go.

  • Draxiar

    Ambassador to the UN for Agriculture, eh? I wonder if he’ll recommend that plants not be watered in order to grow…after all, it “worked” for Kansas…

  • Christopher Foxx

    I imagine residents of Kansas would have mixed feelings about his departure. On one hand, he should be held responsible for the mess he’s made but, on the other hand, everything he touches turns to shit and you’re glad to see him go.

    The people of Kansas voted for this turd. The put him in charge by choice, and then re-hired him even after it was clear things were turning to shit. Yes, Bownback should be held responsible for the mess he’s made, and so should the people of Kansas.

  • Georgie

    “Everything he touches turns to shit and you’re glad to see him go”, so his name is a throw back to the old country huh?

  • Aynwrong

    I’m hopeful for Kansans but this is the same electorate that reelected Brownback despite the destruction his policies caused. I’m wondering if what were about to see is a replay of the dynamic we watched nationally for the last eight years. A Democrat cleans up the mess, the state slowly (very slowly) rebounds while R’s collectively wipe their memories.

  • muselet

    Sam Brownback won’t be any better at his next gig than he was at his previous one. Given his infallable reverse Midas touch, I figure the World Food Programme, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the Interantional Fund for Agricultural Development will be smoldering ruins by this time next year.

    Failing upward: it’s the Republican way.


    • ninjaf

      More of Bannon’s “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

      • muselet

        I’m afraid you’re right.


        • ninjaf

          I take no joy in that. *sigh*

  • Badgerite

    He sure looks smug for a guy who destroyed his own state.

    • Christopher Foxx

      for a guy who destroyed his own state…

      … and got away without facing any real consequences for it. Yeah, the smug is probably deserved.

  • ninjaf

    Hard to feel sorry for Kansans. They re-elected the guy knowing full well what was happening to their state. They just chose to double down on it.

    EDITING TO ADD: I wonder if they will believe what their lying eyes are telling them about the “tax cuts lead to prosperity” BS or what the next snake oil salesman tells them?

    • JMAshby

      A significant number of Republicans lawmakers who backed Brownback were voted out in the recent election.

      • Tony Lavely

        Have they been seated? I recall just recently the legislative branch there declined to go against Brownback, but I could be mistaken. Or maybe the new guys… same as the old?

  • swift_4

    Welcome to Republicanstan. The harder you fail, the higher you go.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      Don’t forget the inevitable corollaries:

      1. When things get bad enough, they’ll appoint a Democrat to clean up the mess.
      2. Three minutes after that, the Republicans will blame the whole mess on the Democrat while, simultaneously, fighting him tooth and nail on every attempt to fix the mess.
      3. The economy will improve, but, due to Republican resistance, the the recovery will be slow and underwhelming.
      4. The Republicans, now facing a slowly recovering economy will blame the Democrat for the whole mess.
      5. The Republicans will claim that it is the Democrat’s policies which slowed the recovery and his deficient recovery.
      6. The Republican will win.
      7. He will ride the improving economy into a clusterfuck of tax breaks and other disastrous policy decisions. He will use the stronger economy as a basis for pushing for a repeal of regulations and the things “slowing the economy down” or “killing jobs.”
      8. When the economy falters again as a result, he will blame his predecessor and demand that only more hair-of-the-dog can cure what ails you.
      9. Repeat.

      • Aynwrong

        The GOP manifesto for as long as I’ve been following politics.