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On Kansas: Prognostications from Five Years Ago

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Whether due to Brownback or other factors, Kansas is doing very well. That was commenter and putative policy analyst Steven Kopits, July 3, 2014. In the end, I think I was more right about the emptiness of supply-sider claims (such as those penned by Fed governor nominee-to-be Stephen Moore) than boosters like Steven Kopits. Figure 1: Kansas GDP in mn Ch.12$ SAAR (blue, left log scale), and nonfarm payroll employment in thousands, s.a. (red, right scale). NBER defined recession dates shaded gray. Brownback administrations shaded orange. Dashed black line at Kopits assessment. Source: BEA, BLS and NBER.  Bonus: In this thread of comments, Steven Kopits also writes: “…SNAP and Medicaid. These are programs for People Who Do Not Work.” I betcha lots of working people, including those in the

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Whether due to Brownback or other factors, Kansas is doing very well.

That was commenter and putative policy analyst Steven Kopits, July 3, 2014. In the end, I think I was more right about the emptiness of supply-sider claims (such as those penned by Fed governor nominee-to-be Stephen Moore) than boosters like Steven Kopits.

On Kansas: Prognostications from Five Years Ago

Figure 1: Kansas GDP in mn Ch.12$ SAAR (blue, left log scale), and nonfarm payroll employment in thousands, s.a. (red, right scale). NBER defined recession dates shaded gray. Brownback administrations shaded orange. Dashed black line at Kopits assessment. Source: BEA, BLS and NBER. 

Bonus: In this thread of comments, Steven Kopits also writes:

“…SNAP and Medicaid. These are programs for People Who Do Not Work.”

I betcha lots of working people, including those in the military, are surprised by the fact that because they receive SNAP benefits and are eligible for Medicaid, they are tautologically not working…

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He is Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

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