Promoted by Jason Springer: vmars goes off on the Republicans in NJ and nationwide.
I made a small change [see parens] in the text below to make it appropriate for Blue Jersey, but here is a damning paragraph from today’s Gail Collins’ NYT column. It slaps around the GOP anti-tax mantra by noting, well, check it out …
Louisiana has gotten $130 billion in post-Katrina aid. How is it that the stars of the Republican austerity movement come from the states that suck up the most federal money? Taxpayers in New [Jersey] send way more to Washington than they get back so more can go to places like Alaska and Louisiana. Which is fine, as long as we don’t have to hear their governors bragging about how the folks who elected them want to keep their tax money to themselves. Of course they do! That’s because they’re living off ours.
If these Jindals and Palins and other anti-income tax Governors were serious they would refuse to take penny one from the federal government that they didn’t send to the federal government.
I’d LOVE if Alaska, which gets more than $2 in federal money for each $1 of federal taxes paid, were to ship us a few bucks to make up for the lack of federal spending in our state. And if Jindal doesn’t want stimulus money I’ve got a bridge a few blocks from my house that needs to be repaired we can spend it on. My neighbor works in construction and just lost his job after sending 45 cents of every federal tax dollar he paid out of state.
Hell, if the New Jersey Republicans want to balance the New Jersey budget all they have to do is call their brethren in welfare states like Alaska, Wyoming and Louisiana and get our federal tax dollars back. But they won’t because for all their screeching on the issue of the federal government and taxes they believe in the system just as much as Democrats do.
The national Republicans are hypocrites. It’s something that happens as soon as they get there, just like Leonard Lance who says he is going to vote against bills to fund the Green Brook Flood Control and repairs to Route 22 but is glad to take credit for the money.
When is the media going to start really taking a look at this trend? Lectures from an unwed teen mother on the importance of abstinence? Harangues on federal spending from governors who demand more than their share? Blustering on the evils of marriage equality from ministers who pay gay prostitutes?
You’d think that at some point enough would be enough.