The Missouri House and Senate override of Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto underscores a lot more than just people and companies in the Show-Me State getting a $620 million tax cut starting in 2017.
The Republican-forced issue — allegedly to bring economic prosperity to the state — will mean deeper cuts in education, social services, prison budgets, and other state government services and programs. But it sets up a clear choice for voters in upcoming elections.
There are the GOP candidates in the Republican controlled legislature who have thrown Missouri down the same broken, yellow-brick budget rat hole that Kansas fell into a couple of years with its GOP-controlled Legislature’s tax cuts. Kansas’ credit rating has been downgraded, and some analysts predict that as fiscally responsible states pull out of the lingering Great Recession, the tax cuts in Kansas will drag that state further under. Missouri now can expect the same fate.
But another outcome of the Republican-led, fiscally irresponsible tax cuts is voters can see more clearly who to elect. Democrats promise more fiscal responsibility and service to citizens.
Democrats won’t start a bogus impeach-the-governor campaign, liberalize gun laws or attempt to nullify anything that President Barack Obama wants to get done as Republican lawmakers have — even if it means hurting the very people they are supposed to represent. Democratic candidates will likely even vote in Medicaid expansion, helping low-income Missourians and the hospitals that serve them.
The choice seems clear. Voters can thank the Republicans in Missouri, Kansas and nationwide for digging the hole they’ve been in even deeper so Democrats stand out even more.