Sam Brownback's Conservative Kansas Experiment

October 16, 2014 - Bryan Stevenson 10/16/2014 Views: 151,770

Jessica Williams travels to Kansas to investigate the outcome of Governor Sam Brownback's extreme tax-cut experiment. (4:54)

>> WELCOME BACK! SO, SO YOUKNOW HOW SOME POLITICAL

IDEAS SOUND GREAT IN THEORY.AND YOU THINK MAN, IF ONLY WE

COULD TEST THEORIES IN A GIANTEXPERIMENT INVOLVING MILLIONS OF

PEOPLE'S LIVES. YOU KNOW, WHO WOULD BE CRAZY

ENOUGH TO AGREE TO SOMETHINGLIKE THAT? TURNS OUT KANSAS.

JESSICA WILLIAMS REPORTS ON THE RESULTS.

>> IN 2010 FORMER SENATOR AND FETUS WHISPERER SAM BROWNBACK

WAS ELECTED GOVERNOR OF KANSASAND HE HAD A DREAM.

>> EXPANSION OF GUN RIGHTS',RESTRICTIONS ON ABORTION,

SHARPLY REDUCED WELFARE ROLES,INCREASED VOTER REGISTRATION

SCRUTINY.

>> A BORING WHITE GUY DREAM.

>> GET OUR TAXES DOWN.

>> GET THOSE RATES DOWN ANDSTIMULATE GROWTH.

>> AND REPUBLICANS REJOICED.

>> I DID VOTE FOR GOVERNORBROWNBACK, WE DID GET SOME

TAX CUTS, AND WE APPRECIATE IT.

>> UNDER THE BROWNBACK TAX PLAN ANY OWNER OF A BUSINESS DOESN'T

HAVE TO PAY ANY TAX.

IT'S UNIQUE, KANSAS IS THE ONLY STATE DOING THAT.

>> WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO HAVE A WHOLE BUNCH OF LESS TAXES AND

MORE REVENUE AND MORE JOBS? THAT SOUNDS GREAT.

>> YOU'RE LIVING IN A KANSAS UTOPIA RIGHT NOW OF

REPUBLICAN BONERS.

YES, THIS WOULD BE THE ERECTIONOF A CONSERVATIVE UTOPIA.

>> WE'LL HAVE A REAL LIVEEXPERIMENT.

>> I THINK KANSAS IS GOING TO DOWELL.

>> AND NOW THE RESULTS OF THATEXPERIMENT ARE IN.

THERE'S ONLY ONE PROBLEM.

>> IT'S JUST BEEN AN ABJECTFAILURE.

>> I'M SORRY, WHAT? >> I WISH IT HAD WORKED.

IT WOULD BE GREAT.

>> YEAH.

>> THIS IS REALLY AN EXPERIMENT GONE HORRIBLY WRONG.

>> OKAY. HOW BAD COULD IT BE?

>> CREDIT DOWNGRADES, DEFICIT SPENDING, CUTS IN EDUCATION,

CUTS IN HIGHWAYS, THAT'S WHAT I CALL A TRAIN WRECK.

>> OH, I SEE WHAT'S HAPPENINGHERE. ARE YOU SURE YOU'RE A

REPUBLICAN? >> I'M A REPUBLICAN.

>> BECAUSE YOU DON'T SOUND LIKE ONE.

NAME THREE HIP HOP ARTISTS.EMINEM DOES NOT COUNT.

>> TUPAC WOULD BE ONE -- ANDTHEN -- THERE'S UH -- AND UH

>> YOU'RE TAKING TOO LONG.

>> THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHERS.

>> OKAY, YOU'RE A REPUBLICAN.

>> AND IT TURNS OUT KANSAS ISSCREWED.

>> REVENUE WAS DOWN 680 MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE PRIOR YEAR.

THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY IN KANSAS.

>> THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY TO ANYBODY.

>> THE PROBLEM WAS, LESS TAXES ON THE JOB CREATORS DIDN'T LEAD

TO JOBS CREATED.

>> JUST BECAUSE WE GOT A TAX CUTDIDN'T MEAN WE NEED TO HIRE MORE

PEOPLE. WE PUT THAT MONEY IN OUR POCKET.

>> THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO WORK.

YOU GET TAX CUTS AND THEN YOUUSE THAT TO HIRE MORE PEOPLE.

>> WHY HIRE PEOPLE THAT YOUDON'T NEED?

DON'T DO THIS TO ME. DON'TDO THIS TO ME, DUDE. STOP.

>> I GUESS BROWNBACK HOPED THATBUSINESS OWNERS LIKE ROSS WOULD

GET MORE CREATIVE WITHTHEIR HIRING PRACTICES.

>> WHY WOULD WE NEED A TRACTOR DANCER ON THIS FARM?

>> CAUSE IT'S FUN. CROP AND LOCKIT. YOU HAVE A DRIVER, YOU HAVE

A DANCER.THAT'S TWO JOBS FOR ONE

TRACTOR.>> OH GOSH.

>> AND WITH LESS MONEY THE STATEHAD TO MAKE A FEW TINY CUTS IN

EDUCATION.

>> WE'VE EXPERIENCED THE LARGEST CUT IN PER PUPIL SPENDING IN

KANSAS IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE STATE.

THEY'VE CLOSED FIVE SCHOOL BUILDINGS IN OUR DISTRICT.

CLASS SIZE IS GOING UP.

>> LOOK, I LOOKED IT UP. THE TWOBIGGEST INDUSTRIES YOU GUYS HAVE

IN KANSAS ARE FARMING ANDAEROSPACE.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO GO TO SCHOOLFOR THAT.

YOU CAN LEARN THATFROM YOUR PAPPY.

>> WELL, ACTUALLY YOU CAN'T. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE OPPOSITE

OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR KANSAS.

>> THEN THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENED.

SOMETHING THESOLIDLY CONSERVATIVE STATE OF

KANSAS COULD NEVERHAVE IMAGINED.

>> REPUBLICANS FOR KANSAS IS AGROUP OF CURRENT AND FORMER

REPUBLICAN LEADERS, ELECTEDOFFICIALS WHO THINK THAT KANSAS

IS GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.

WE'RE SUPPORTING THE DEMOCRATFOR THE GOVERNOR'S RACE IN

KANSAS.

>> UM, I KNOW THIS IS TV ANDEVERYTHING, BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE

YOU KIND OF MISSPOKE.

WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK, WE'REGOING TO DO IT AGAIN.

SO, WHO ARE YOU SUPPORTING INTHE UPCOMING ELECTION?

>> REPUBLICANS FOR KANSAS VALUESSUPPORTING THE DEMOCRAT.

>> OKAY. YOU DID IT AGAIN.

JUST ONE MORE TIME, LOOK, I KNOW YOU'RE NERVOUS, YOU'RE IN THE

PRESENCE OF A SUPERSTAR. BUT JUST SORT OF RELAX A LITTLE

BIT. SO, WHO ARE YOUSUPPORTING IN THE

UPCOMING ELECTION?

>> WE'RE SUPPORTINGTHE DEMOCRAT.

>> IN FACT, THE ONCE UNBEATABLE BROWNBACK NOW TRAILS IN THE

POLLS. BUT DON'T WORRY, HE HAS A

SOLUTION.

>> HIT THE ACCELERATOR ON WHAT WE'RE DOING.

TAX CUTS TAKE A LITTLE BITOF TIME. THIS IS GOING TO WORK

AND WE'RE GOING TO STICK WITH.

>> YEP, THE SOLUTION TO THEFAILED CONSERVATIVE UTOPIA IS

MORE OF IT.

>> YOU KNOW, LEADERSHIP IS BEINGABLE TO SAY I MADE A MISTAKE.

KANSAS IS A GREAT TRADITIONALMODERATE STATE.

AND IT'S LIKE WE'RE NOT INKANSAS ANYMORE.

>> YOU'RE RIGHT. IT'S NOT KANSAS ANYMORE.

IT WAS SOMETHING MUCH, MUCH WORSE.

>> COME WITH ME! LET'S GO OFF TO FIX THIS.

IT WILL BE -- WHAT'S THE DEALWITH THE [BLEEP] ROAD?

OH, RIGHT. NOTRANSPORTATION BUDGET.

GET ME THE [BLEEP] OUT OF HERE.GET ME THE [BLEEP] OUT OF HERE.

I'M GOING TO TAKE A CAB. I GONNA-- OKAY.

>> THANK YOU, JESSICA WILLIAMS, EVERYBODY.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.