I teach private voice lessons at a small high school in east-central Kansas. The two teachers who run the theater program there work tightly with me, which allows me to use the school building to teach.
It also makes me acutely aware of what Gov. Sam Brownback has done to the economy. Brownback’s economic policies have all-but-bankrupted the state. Some Kansas schools had to close early simply because there wasn’t enough money to keep them open. Then there was trepidation that many schools wouldn’t be able to re-open in the fall (oh, and he tried siphoning funds to religious schools in the process).
Things in Kansas have deteriorated so plainly and so rapidly that in 2014 over 100 ex-lawmakers in Kansas, all in the Republican party, endorsed the Democrat challenger to Gov. Brownback, Paul Davis. The Daily Show did a great bit on how Brownback has tanked the economy:
So yeah. But guess who’s now advising Trump on economics:
Gov. Sam Brownback and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, both Republicans, have joined Trump’s agricultural advisory committee, a board that will convene on a regular basis to inform Trump.
“The members of my agricultural advisory committee represent the best that America can offer to help serve agricultural communities,” Trump said in a news release Tuesday. “Many of these officials have been elected by their communities to solve the issues that impact our rural areas every day.”
Roberts is chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and former chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, the only person to serve both roles. Brownback was Kansas secretary of agriculture in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
“The governor looks forward to sharing the important role agriculture plays in contributing to the growth of the American economy,” said Eileen Hawley, Brownback’s spokeswoman. “We appreciate that the Trump campaign recognizes our knowledge of agricultural economics.”
So, as of today, Trump “hiring the best people” amounts to a 12-year-old boy, Michele Bachmann, and the guy who bankrupted an entire state and who feigns ignorance in order to crap on the poor. Can’t wait for this guy to be President.