The definition of insanity is often said to be “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” While “insanity” is actually a legal term with a very specific definition, the notion of “insanity” as being shorthand for “stupid” and “stupid” being defined as “doing the same thing repeatedly hoping for a different result” works just fine to describe Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.
You’ll recall that Brownback has drove his state into the dirt; Kansas is so broke that it had to turn to selling sex toys seized in a raid as a means to make money. The sale didn’t help, though, and the state continues to be beset by serious financial woes. As a result, Brownback decided he was going to take a different approach to the problem in the new plan he unveiled today: Even deeper spending cuts.
These cuts will span multiple agencies, cutting budgets by as much as 4%, and will move $201 million from specific funds to the state’s general fund. This is going to open up $280 million that Kansas can use to fill it’s budget deficit, which is projected to reach $279 million by the end of June 2015. So where’s this money coming from?
Not from X-rated bake sales, I’ll tell you that much.
Reuters reports that $201.5 million is going to be taken from other funds and moved into the general fund, and $78.4 million is going to be saved by cutting as much as $40.7 million from the Kansas state contribution to the retirement system for public employees.
It brings to mind my definition of government:
Government /ɡəvər(n)mənt/ (n.): (1) The office downtown that, no matter how many times or how deep policy makers slash the budget and reduce the work force, never seems to function properly. (2) An entity resistant to the M.B.A logic that cuts to funding improves efficiency, promoting further cuts to funding in a bid to improve efficiency.