"...The 'shot of adrenaline' hasn't worked as envisioned, and the state budget has been in crisis ever since. Now many of the same Republicans who helped pass Brownback's plan are in open revolt, refusing to help the governor cut spending so he can avoid rolling back any of his signature tax measures.
If Brownback won't reconsider any of the tax cuts, they say, he will have to figure out for himself how to balance the budget in the face of disappointing revenue.
'Let him own it,' Republican Rep. Mark Hutton said. 'It's his policy that put us there.'
Tax collections missed projections in 11 months of the last year. A growing number of Brownback's conservative allies want to scale back the tax cuts to ease the budget crunch."
"Brownback rejected earlier calls to scale back the tax cuts and shows no signs of backing down."
This, of course, is a classic instance of inflexible, ideologically-driven policy that is rooted in a deep refusal to even contemplate that one may want to adjust to changing circumstances. Yes, sometimes tax reductions are a good idea - that does not mean that they are always and under all circumstances a good idea.
I wrote about this a few weeks ago, but it's worth repeating this part from the earlier post:
In Wrong: Nine Economic Policy Disasters and What We Can Learn From Them, Grossman points out that one common theme of past economic policy failures is ideologically-driven policy.
Here is Grossman's conclusion (from pp. 179-80): "...reject policy proposals based primarily on ideology. Ideologically based policy comes about when policy makers grab hold of a key idea and use it as their main guide to making policy decisions....but past policy prescriptions may have outlived their usefulness."