Overnight quite a few people sent me a link to Paul Begala’s stupid little blog post, “It’s Time to Defund Kentucky.” Begala, never one to break his back for subtlety (or substance, for that matter), argues that we, the government, should give the citizens of Kentucky what they want. And what do they want? States rights and no government spending – and they’ve voted in the likes of Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul to prove this point.
As Begala writes,
So here’s my two-word response: Defund Kentucky. Cut it off the federal dole. Kentucky is a welfare state to begin with. The conservative Tax Foundation says the Bluegrass State received $1.51 back from Washington for every dollar it paid in federal taxes in 2005 (the most recent data I could find on the Tax Foundation’s website.) We need to listen to the people of Kentucky. They don’t want any more federal spending in their state—and they certainly must be appalled by the notion that they’re a bunch of welfare queens….Defund Kentucky. Kentuckians are addicted to federal spending—they’re the Lindsay Lohan of states, the Charlie Sheen of commonwealths. Let’s put them in detox. By trying this experiment in one state we can honor the conservatives’ belief in states’ rights, allowing Kentucky to truly be a laboratory of democracy.
Begala’s tongue is firmly in cheek, but this is still a dumb, point scoring non-argument pitched only to his choir. What’s the point? Hypocrite politicians? Impossible! State’s that don’t realize that their best interests – and that their current social services and infrastructure levels – rely on federal funds. Say it ain’t so! Red states living off the taxes of blue states? This is well documented and nothing new. One can pick almost any red state and they receive more tax funding that they pay.
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