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Trump’s economic team is loaded with the same Tea Party cranks who destroyed Kansas’s economy

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By now, we all know that Governor Sam Brownback’s Tea Party “experiment” in Kansas has been an abject failure.

Actually, scratch that: There is someone who still thinks Brownback’s Kansas disaster has been a smashing success, and he happens to be a Heritage Foundation economist who is one of Donald Trump’s top economic advisers.

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As the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities documents, top Trump economics adviser Stephen Moore has been instrumental in pushing Brownback to implement budget-busting tax cuts that have perpetually crippled his state’s finances.

Even more damning, Moore has been completely oblivious to this reality and has continued to insist that the Brownback tax cuts are working exactly as advertised.

First, the CBPP outlines the case that Brownback’s tax cuts have been a fiscal calamity for the state that also haven’t spurred a promised economic growth explosion.

Among other things, “total employment in Kansas has risen only 2.4 percent, compared to 6.5 percent nationally” since the tax cuts went into effect. Additionally, “the state’s economy has grown less than half as fast as the national economy; Kansas’ gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.3 percent from the end of 2012 through the end of 2015, while national GDP rose 11.5 percent.”

Despite this, however, Moore has advised that Brownback go “full speed on the tax cuts” and even said that “if Kansas can continue to get the rate close to zero, we would expect to see some strong growth effects.”

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This past spring, Trump asked Moore and fellow Brownback booster Larry Kudlow for help in re-writing his tax reform proposals, which he will presumably unveil on Monday afternoon. Similarly, legendary supply-side crank Arthur Laffer talked with Trump about tax policies earlier this year and said that the candidate struck him as “presidential.”

So when you watch Trump’s big speech on economics on Monday and you hear a lot about the magical effects that supply-side tax cuts have on the economy, just take a look at what’s happened in Kansas and imagine it playing out on a national level.


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MSNBC’s Morning Joe scorches GOP senators for following Trump ‘over the cliff’ to election losses

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough hammered Senate Republicans for following President Donald Trump "over a cliff."

The "Morning Joe" host said the GOP had suffered losses in every election cycle since Trump won, and he said the president was a threat to his own party.

"All Republican incumbents who are endangered politicians," Scarborough said. "What bargain did they make that is worth following this man over the cliff? Who, right now, in early June, is on his way to losing in a landslide of his own?"

"These polls that we're going to show you in a minute are just a snapshot of where we are at the beginning of June," he added. "Things can change, but if they do change, it will be the first time in almost four years that elections have broken Donald Trump's way."

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Donald Trump is no longer president: Robert Reich

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You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J. Trump is no longer president of the United States.

By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.

He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV, and tweeting.

How has Trump responded to the widespread unrest following the murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground?

He has incited more police violence. Trump called the protesters “thugs” and threatened to have them shot. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted, parroting a former Miami police chief whose words spurred race riots in the late 1960s.

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Trump-loving Minneapolis police union boss calls the cops on a reporter for knocking on his door

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Lt. Bob Kroll, the Trump-loving president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, called the police this week on a Washington Post reporter for the purported offense of knocking on the door of his house.

In an effort to get Kroll to respond to the charges that were filed this week against all four Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's death, the Post sent one of its reporter to Krolls house after multiple other requests for comment went unanswered.

"A Washington Post reporter who knocked on Kroll’s door was soon pulled over by a police officer who said that Kroll had reported suspicious activity on his front porch and that 'he doesn’t want any press,'" the paper reports.

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