There’s Something Rotten About Leftist Rhetoric Regarding the State of Kansas

To those in the distant future: at the time I’m writing this the present Leftist rhetoric regarding the State of Kansas is composed of crap like this:

Two years later, in 2014, the promised economic benefits hadn’t arrived – in fact, Kansas was lagging badly in job growth, bleeding money and slashing spending to try to make up for the losses.

Point being, the woeful employment numbers in Kansas are now a horrible long-term trend.

The governor promised his “pro-growth tax policy” would act “like a shot of adrenaline in the heart of the Kansas economy,” but, instead, state revenues plummeted by nearly $700 million in a single fiscal year, both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s downgraded the state’s credit rating, and job growth sagged behind all four of Kansas’ neighbors.

Of course, as the good Scott Sumner pointed out, if all this was true, the great mystery was why Sam Brownback was re-elected in 2014.

Needless to say, the above are, to a great extent, leftist lies:

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https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/graph/?g=29Ri

https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/graph/?g=29Rk

https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/graph/?g=29Rn

I notice nothing important happening since Brownback’s election. Nothing at all. And this graph by Kevin Drum should be a textbook example of how to nakedly lie with statistics. Of course, don’t expect Krugman not to have joined in on the fun.

Also, as the good Scott Sumner says, this shows that, for leftists, the effectiveness of fiscal stimulus depends >100% on how it is named.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

2 thoughts on “There’s Something Rotten About Leftist Rhetoric Regarding the State of Kansas”

  1. Compare Kansas to other states on those measures and you will see it is indeed dying poorly. As for the re-election, lots of voters are low information or just put ideology above some objective measure of economic success. Pretty simple.

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