Let’s all step back and take a second to marvel at the trainwreck that Kansas Governor, Sam Brownbeck, has produced. The Huffington Post reports that his hyper-efficient economic policies have succeeded in driving his state into such a position of utter destitution that they’re being forced to auction off furry handcuffs and vibrators seized by the revenue department to make money.
News about the sale first broke on Wednesday by the Topeka Capital-Journal. The Journal reported that the collection of goods, which numbered in the thousands of items, was the result of a four-city, five-shop raid on a company that owed more than $163,000 in state taxes. Kansas negotiated with the owner of the stores, and returned the merchandise under the condition that he auctioned off the toys and used the money towards paying back the state.
Now, as if it weren’t depressingly Republican enough that a state has turned to selling sex toys to make money, the extra irony comes from this being Sam Brownback’s state — the same Sam Brownback who criticized Democrat Paul Davis for being a strip club during a drug raid in the late 90s.
The State Senate Minority Leader, Anthony Hensley, issued a statement tearing into Brownback:
Brownback is so desperate to fill the massive hole in the state budget caused by his reckless income tax cuts that the state of Kansas is now in the porn business. This is the same governor whose supporters spent this past week attacking his opponent for a strip club incident.
Is this what they mean when they say “family values?”
Kansas has become something of a poster child for the idiocy of income tax cuts; the State Brownback Broke is looking at a $238 million dollar budget shortfall by summer of 2016, but despite that, Brownback continues to support the disastrous policies. The continued existence of Kansas justifies the use of “austerity” and “stupidity” as synonyms; after all, how else do you describe being forced to auction off sex toys to fill gaping holes in the state’s budget?
In the wake of this, I hereby put forth a motion to rename Kansas “Broke Brownback Mountain.” All in favor?