Brownback’s New Budget Proposal
Posted on January 12, 2017
Like spring floods in the lowlands, some disasters recur as if by clockwork. Thus we have Governor Brownback’s new budget proposal, which like all previous Browbackiana budgets takes an existing deep hole and digs it deeper. I probably ought to find ripping off the underfunded state employees’ retirement fund as his most egregious single act of theft, but I am even more annoyed by his proposal to auction off future receipts of the tobacco settlement fund.
The thing is, there is no limit to that maneuver: we could monetize any future revenue stream whatsoever and auction it off. If Brownback could fully implement this design, he could leave state government with no revenues sources at all, and it would simply have to close down, bringing us that much nearer to a libertarian utopia.
From a purely artistic point of view, much like the admiration we feel for Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda film “Tirumph of the Will,” it is a little sad that Brownback cannot perfect this design for the Final Solution to the problem of state government in the two statehouse years remaining to him.