Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Vote "No"? Yes, you get no money

Not long ago, I suggested that the states represented by House and Senate members who vote[d] "No" on the stimulus package be denied any funds from that stimulus package.

BuzzFlash has suggested the same thing. Chad, writing at BuzzFlash yesterday, made some interesting observations related to the continuing, nauseating mantra bleated by Repugnican Congresspeople about "big" government, "socialism," "pork," blah, blah, blah.

Turns out that "the states that voted for John McCain [in other words, the "red" states] in 2008 by and large get way more money in federal outlays than they pay in taxes."

What?

Yup. With one exception. New Mexico a blue state in 2008 won the prize for the most federal money. But the states ranked 2-9 were all red, red, red, in 2008: Mississippi, Alaska, Louisiana, West Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, South Dakota, and Kentucky.

Heh. Heh.

Chad sums up the situation this way: "The states that voted for Barack Obama clearly have been neglected when it comes to federal funds vs. taxes sent to Washington. This stimulus package can do a lot toward making those numbers a bit more balanced. And the ones who are already getting the money are standing in the way."

Repugnicans: ideological hypocrites of the lowest order!

1 comment:

Denise said...

Very interesting. Now that makes sense why they are stalling!

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