The USA Today editorial page features an op-ed that says nice things about Kansas Governor. The piece, which first appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is titled “The are better off without welfare. Ask Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.”
Columnist Christian Schneider writes about a Foundation for Government Accountability study that tracked 17,000 Kansans who were moved off cash assistance when Kansas enacted work requirements in its welfare program.
“The data show that families who left government assistance under the new work requirements saw their incomes double within one year of leaving welfare. Within four years, their incomes nearly tripled, as they earned nearly $48 million more in wages than when they received a government check,” the column reads.
The columnist says the Kansas study shows people will respond to incentives better than having their behavior controlled by authority.
“Those affected by changes didn’t remain static; they adapted to work requirements and sought jobs rather than allowing their families to starve.”
The writer compares Kansas’ results to what liberal hysteria that says 22 million will “lose” health insurance if Obamacare were repealed. Some would choose not to purchase insurance, which they’re forced to do under Obamacare. Others might decide to continue using Obamacare-type plans.
“They would, once again, adapt,” the column reads.
The friendly words for Brownback are a far cry from the typical USA Today editorials that mention the Kansas’ Governor by name. In June, the paper’s editorial board intoned, “Kansas tax experiment failed.” A few weeks earlier, a column in the paper warned, “Failed Kansas tax cuts should terrify Republicans writing federal tax bill.”
The Trump Administration announced Brownback as its nominee to serve as the U.S. State Department’s at-large Ambassador for International Religious Freedom. Perhaps Brownback had to announce his departure from Kansas’ top job before mainstream media would notice some of the good things occurring in the Sunflower State.
Better late than never.