Correlation isn’t causation, but something at least appears to be up. Conservative economic theory doesn’t seem to be matching the real world right now.
Under liberal Governor Jerry Brown, California’s economy grew 4.1% in 2015, tying Oregon for the highest growth rate in the nation. Kansas, by contrast, ran through the wish list of the contemporary conservative agenda (tax cuts for the rich, no minimum wage hikes, no extension of Obamacare to the poor, etc.), and its economy is now in recession. Way to go, Trump-supporting Kansas Governor, Sam Brownback!
And for all ye wall-building Trumpeters out there who think the multicultural and multiracial Californication of the US population foreshadows long-term economic decline, kindly explain why heavily white states like Kansas aren’t “naturally” whooping crap, economically, out of those states (California, Florida, Texas, and New York, etc.) that are browner, more inclusive, and more diverse.
Might 21st century trust, cooperation, and openness trump whiteness, walls, and isolation?