The Brownback education 'gimmick'

President Harry S. Truman once said, “I don’t give them hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it’s hell.” He said it in 1948 — but he easily could have been speaking in 2014 about Gov. Sam Brownback and his failed experiment.

In fact, last week Brownback’s campaign accused the Kansas Values Institute of lying about his record on education funding. And, in a sign of just how desperate the Brownback camp is becoming, they even resorted to personal attacks and name-calling.

Those are not Kansas values and that is not the example a sitting governor should be setting for our kids.

The Kansas Values Institute’s new television ad lets Kansans know that Brownback made the largest cut to classrooms in Kansas history and called it a “victory.” Brownback’s campaign sent an email to its supporters calling that a “bold-faced” lie.

The only problem? The ad is true. Apparently, the truth hurts.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. On Friday, a Kansas City Stareditorial entitled “Why Sam Brownback is not an education governor” said:

“Actually, the Brownback camp is spinning a myth. While many states have begun to replenish school funding after the recession, Kansas is held back by the devastating income tax cuts that have drained the state’s treasury without yet producing the promised economic growth.”

And the Emporia Gazette reported Brownback’s education claim that he has “done a lot — increased funding in record amounts,” but the Gazette said it was actually a “gimmick” and “can most kindly be labeled ‘fiction.’”

The Brownback experiment has failed.


P.S. You can watch our new television ad again here

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