On the Nose: Gail Collins on the Myth of Republican “Austerity”

All jokes about Govern Jindal’s Kennethesque speech aside, Gail Collins poses an important question:

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 York 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.

Her op-ed piece “The Dead Tree Theory” makes smart observations about the “wasteful spending” Republicans so like to point in debates about the budget.

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