The promised miracle of supply-side economics, only in reverse

“My focus is to create a red-state model that allows the Republican (presidential) ticket to say, ‘See, we’ve got a different way, and it works,’ ” Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said in announcing his state's experiment with supply-side economics. (AP)

“My focus is to create a red-state model that allows the Republican (presidential) ticket to say, ‘See, we’ve got a different way, and it works,’ ” Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said in announcing his state’s experiment with supply-side economics. (AP)

It’s time for another periodic update on the economic laboratory known as Kansas, the state where conservative Republicans have been given free rein to implement conservative, tax-cutting supply-side theory, and the state that everyone from Arthur Laffer to the Wall Street Journal to Mitch McConnell have cited as a grand testing ground of that theory.

  • Since December, the state has lost almost 20,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Since December, a net of more than 16,000 Kansans have left the state workforce.
  • Fewer Kansans are now working than at any point since December of 2013.
  • And how about retail trade, which was projected to blossom as a result of major income tax cuts disproportionately benefiting the wealthy?
Source: Kansas City Federal Reserver

Source: Kansas City Federal Reserver

And how does the economic performance of Kansas compare to that of the nation as a whole? Using job and income data compiled by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve, Menzie Chinn at econbrowser.com gives us this illustration, with vertical lines marking the inauguration of Gov. Sam Brownback and the implementation of the tax cuts that were supposed to generate immense growth:

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To make matters worse, of course, that shrinking Kansas economy has been accompanied by laid-off teachers, school closures, abandoned highway projects, underfunded pension programs and rising tuition in state universities, among other consequences of massive and ongoing spending cuts. That’s life in Sam Brownback’s Kansas.**

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** Bad as that is, life in the small part of Kansas dominated by the governor’s younger brother, Jim Brownback, is truly horrifying, as this investigative piece by the Topeka Capital-Journal documents. It reads like something out of Erskine Caldwell or maybe Stephen King.

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DS
DS

Supply-side economics is more effective when, you know, the economy is suffering from supply constraints. It's completely ineffective when the economy has excess, unused capacity. Like during a recession and the aftermath. Like now. This is basic economics 101.

Let's call Brownback's plan for what it really is: a way to give tax breaks to the wealthy and cut the size of government. It was never really intended to help revive the Kansas economy. It can't, and it won't.

straker
straker

Brosephus


I did know.


I just didn't know that was a police job.

straker
straker

Brosehpus - "I have been for more than eight years now"


You ride in or drive a police cruiser and answer calls all day or all night?


Who knew.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@straker 

No, I talk with people trying to enter our country, determining whether their story is credible or not, and refusing entry to those who are coming to violate our immigration laws.

I do drive a marked vehicle from time to time, transporting people to or from detention.  

You didn't know, but many of the regulars here have known this for years.  Guess you should reply to posts instead of always starting a new post.  You might learn a thing or two.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Wena Mow Masipa How 

Americans, generally speaking, are prone to violent confrontation

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What are you referring to here? Can you give an example?

KUTGF
KUTGF

Hillary sheetz...

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Visual_Cortex @josef “It’s clear that ISIL was a hook,” said a senior U.S. military official, referring to Islamic State. “Turkey wanted to move against the PKK, but it needed a hook.” 

Oy.

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One of those 'softening' words that -subconsciously - signals to the general reader to go back to sleep and not think anything malign of it. 

If they wanted to be a little more honest, they could just call it a 'pretext'.

straker
straker

Hedley - "the police do a very hard job"


Be careful.


Any intelligent and reasoned appraisal of our police is not always met with approval here.

straker
straker

Lenin - "no, they're not"


When its 2 in the morning, and thugs from the street are trying to kick down your door, you call the police.


You don't think about a "thousand threads making up the fabric of a civilized society". Nor do you hesitate to call them because they "always play an ambiguous role".

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

In truth the Police do a very hard job in most cases for extremely low pay.


In my neighborhood they do "walking patrols" They park the car and walk the neighborhood. I've had them come up to me and talk while I was enjoying a beer on the porch after cutting the lawn. I was struck by how young they looked. Couldn't have been more than 23 or so. Extremly nice guys who just wanted to hear what was going on in the neighborhood. What were my concerns. 


No one is excusing the violence and cops that discharge their weapons and kill unarmed citizens should be held accountable. Its murder in some\most cases.


But I simply refuse to believe most get into that field because they are itching to one day shoot someone. Id like to believe they thought and think they could make a difference in their communities. They are people too.


We see more prosecutions of the police in the future. And I'm betting we will. Things will change for the better,. 





Brosephus
Brosephus

@Hedley_Lammar 

This is just my personal take on things based on my personal experience, so take it for what it's worth to you...

I don't think people become police officers to beat or kill people.  They get into it to serve and protect their community.  What happens over time is that they're constantly patrolling the same areas dealing with the same people.

When all you do is deal with one particular sub-segment of our society, your views towards that group become jaded over time.  It happens to the most professional of them.  Where some people claim that certain communities are policed harder because of crime, it also goes that certain communities are targeted because of perceptions built up over years of constantly patrolling those communities.

Crime happens everywhere and there's no particular group that owns any specific criminal avenues.  Officers are likely to face death from Whites, Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics.  They're also likely to face great people from those same groups.  

A good officer is one that takes his experiences as one-on-one encounters and avoids trying to prejudge an entire community for the actions of a few.  You don't discount or forget interactions as those memories may save your life when you come across a similar situation.  At the same time, you don't treat everyone like a criminal if they happen to come from the same demographic as the guy you arrested yesterday.

It's a very hard line to dance, and one that's easy to cross over repeatedly.

straker
straker

Visual - "who thinks it is actually beneath him to reply directly to a post"


I will give that criticism all the attention it truly deserves.

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

@straker -  VC is too busy driving the CLOWN car to respond..  honk honk He's sooo important you know,  just ask him...


Oh lookie, brosephus is riding shotgun...  honk honk

Kamchak
Kamchak

...de facto amnesty...

Amnesty?

1986 Ronaldo Reaganendez called and said, "I got your amnesty hangin' right here, sport."

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@straker  - When we report that we are concerned about the state of police affairs vs. the community that they are SERVED to protect affairs; we are not "bashing".  By advertising, admitting and seeking to resolve a problem; we are being upfront at trying to get a "handle" on a situation.  Hiding your head in the sand, won't make a problem go away -- it'll only get worse and fester.


@LeninTime  -- We're "seeing" more, because we're questioning more, IMO.  Before some would just take what the cop said as gospel and then move on.  But when they started to see the kid down the block, whom they knew personally, accused of crimes against a cop that just doesn't make sense, then they started to question, then they started to look for patterns, then they start to notice.  Until it hits someone personally, or their community personally, some people don't seem to take much notice.

straker
straker

KUTGF - "so you praise police officers who file false reports"


Is THAT what you think I said?


Your reading comprehension is about zero. 

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Another court slaps down Obama... 

A federal judge who last winter ordered a halt to President Obama’s de facto amnesty and then ordered federal officials to testify when they were found to be in violation of his injunction is relenting, just a little.

U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen said Tuesday he will release certain defendants from testifying, but he warned that he expects the federal government to comply with his order to stop its delayed-deportation program before an Aug. 19 hearing.

Fully.

“The court does not consider mere substantial compliance, after an order has been in place for six months, to be acceptable and neither should counsel,” Hanen wrote in his newest order in a case brought by 26 states.


 

LeninTime
LeninTime

@straker 

The police are the only thing standing between you and the street.

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No they're not. Not even close.

There are a thousand threads making up the fabric of a civilized society that keeps you and me from 'the street'. The police is not the only one of those or even the most important one. And they're certainly not the most unquestionably benevolent of them.

Furthermore the police, as with any institution, particularly one authorized to use violence, always plays an ambiguous role - AT BEST - in maintaining the civilized nature of the social bond and can ALWAYS go in the other direction very easily.

straker
straker

Brosephus - "then I'm standing between you and the street"


Are you and armed office of the law?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Russia's army getting pretty brazen.

Russia keeps violating Finnish airspace. 

Satellite images show Russia invading Ukraine.



Yep. Pretty straight down-the-line parroting of the Pentagon/US DOD/NATO line point for point. 

Which of course is a VERY EXTREME LEFT WING thing to do! lol - Lenin


This is classic shoot the messenger stuff. If an idiot says 2 + 2 = 4 He is correct even though he is an idiot


The Pentagon correctly assessing Russian aggression in the Ukraine ( and Vox reporting as much ) only means you will automatically be predisposed to disagree


Not that they are incorrect. 

SeriouslyFolks
SeriouslyFolks

Completely off topic (but it is already noon and no new column!!) but any insight from our "free market" "all regulation is bad" "EPA sucks" crowd on this little disaster in China?  You know the "nirvana" of how government should regulate things like emissions, hazardous waste storage and little things like that??

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nation-and-world/death-toll-increases-44-giant-chinese-port-explosions-video

And the explosion was seen from space via satellite images!!!!

SeriouslyFolks
SeriouslyFolks

@Philo_Farnsworth Ahhhh the good old, "who said those EXACT words" defense.  You know good and well the conservatives have railed against regulation ad nauseum....lines like, "If government would just get out of the way"....  but hey, deflect with the "point to an exact quote" sounds very Rush like...

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Some regs are good and necessary. Some can be counterproductive and unnecessary.

Many of you libs here play the since-you-disagree-with-this-reg-you-don't-want-any card frequently. You should be ashamed.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@SeriouslyFolks @Philo_Farnsworth

I know this might seem a tad cheap a shot, but let's do imagine that our stalwart "let the market decide" guys here were transported to the early Sixties, and had a chance to learn about a pushy, uppity regulator standing in the way of a pharmaceutical company's desire to market a drug that had been deemed perfectly safe and was in use all over Europe...

http://www.newseveryday.com/articles/22896/20150810/fda-officer-who-kept-thalidomide-out-dies-101.htm

She was a medical officer at the Food and Drug Administration, when she ran into an application for FDA approval of the Kevadon, which was the brand name for thalidomide, according to npr.

It was manufactured by drug company William S. Merrell Company, Cincinnati.

The company had expected her to sign off the petition quickly, but was frustrated when she refused due to her concern about the side-effects. The company complained to her superiors and to her. "They were writing letters and telephoning," she said, according to latimes. "They were very anxious to get their product on the market. It had been very successful in other countries and they felt there would be a big market in this country."


Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

 inflamed by ignorant yahoos such as yourself.

[...]

in cahoots with the likes of Metzger

I see I can now add "ghetto-inflamer" and "neo-Nazi collaborator" to my list of credits, according to the Fair and Balanced rightie regulars here today.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@Visual_Cortex -- Don't forget MY personal favorites, (the ones that they call Gotta and Keep), "self hating white boy" and "delusional libtard".   Both great but the "libtard" moniker beats all. IMO.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

By the way, here's what I posted that earned me the "inflamed" business. It's incredibly extreme. I guess.

On this blog, some see the situation as it really is.

You're going to have understand that in many American neighborhoods, the police--rightly or wrongly--have become thought of as just another especially vicious, well armed neighborhood gang; another hassle of everyday life that must be dealt with.

You can cry and moan about it's wrong for Those People to feel that way, but you can't deny that this is the current reality.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@josef 

Putting the open in open secret.  Lol. For all those who are paying attention, that is.

Hed-ley? 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@josef

“It’s clear that ISIL was a hook,” said a senior U.S. military official, referring to Islamic State. “Turkey wanted to move against the PKK, but it needed a hook.”

Oy.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@LeninTime @josef I never had a problem with admitting Turkey is using this as an opportunity to attack the PKK.


I took issue with the False Flag arguments based on zero evidence. And believe it or not some Kurds ARE joining ISIS. Which I documented yesterday.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Brosephus

No question the courts provide a crucial legitimizing force, but that is not the whole story. 

Through the 'War on Drugs' and then the 'War on Terror', rules of engagement have gradually been imported from the military to police, in tandem with increasing militarization of the police force with actual military hardware straight from the battlefield. 

Whether explicitly or through some sort of evolution, there is a transformation and the people in the community are increasingly viewed not as a community to be served, but a de facto subject population of a military occupation.

From this sort of counter-insurgency stance flows the profound increase in killings of suspects by police.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Brosephus @LeninTime 

I would agree up to a point. But I still do not think that that fully accounts for the volume of killings we're seeing now.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@LeninTime 

The killings of suspects by police predate the counter-insurgency movement.  It only appears that way because of modern technology in use reporting incidents.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@LeninTime
We're "Seeing" more because of social media.  Those killings have always been there, even when unreported.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Brosephus @LeninTime   It only appears that way because of modern technology in use reporting incidents.


And we are going to hear much more about body cams etc.


Which could be a valuable tool in holding the police more accountable. 

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Hedley_Lammar 

Body cameras are good, but they can only capture what's in front of the lens.  There's also the issue of being able to manipulate or delete video.

We have so many cameras in the new international terminal, we really wouldn't need body cameras for what we do.  If they issued them, I'd have no problems with wearing one though.  It would likely help me more than it would help the public.