Wednesday, July 28

Free-market Sam Brownback?

Last week Jillian Kay Melchior of National Review Online started a story with this: “Late last week, Kansas’s staunchly free-market governor, Sam Brownback, gave his approval to a flagrantly partisan, protectionist proposal from Democrats in the state Legislature. It’s bad policy — and an unfortunate aberration for a governor who’s been a champ for fiscal conservatism.”

Perhaps Melchior hasn’t heard of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s support for ethanol subsidies, wind production tax credit, renewable portfolio standards, STAR bonds, PEAK program tax giveaways, rural opportunity zones, and other programs which are not compatible with free markets. Then, there’s his non-support of applying free market principles where they’re really needed: public schools.