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Progressivism At Work: Put States In A Bad Way, Blame States For Being There

Posted on | November 25, 2011 | 3 Comments

by Smitty

Come on, Gandleman:

I need to preface this post by saying that I am a HUGE fan of Texas. I love visiting Texas. I love Texans. And I think too many Texans have been burned by the false stereotype of the exaggerating, bloviating Texas politician in a state that has many fine elected officials from both parties. But, truly, honestly, Texas Gov. Rick Perryz should be in a Political Hypocrisy 101 book. The Politico reports:

The first rule of asking for extra federal dollars in Texas is to never make it seem like you are asking for extra federal dollars.
For Gov. Rick Perry, this is a tricky line to walk. Because as much as the Republican presidential candidate bashes the federal government in his campaign speeches, Texas gets a lot of money from the feds — and a lot of it is going to the health care system he insists Texas can handle on its own.

So Joe, are you just too clueless to understand the ramifications of things like the Federal Reserve Act, or the Community Reinvestment Act? The federal cart precedes the state and local horse.

Nevertheless, here you gloat, Joe, ecstatic in the idea that the completely muddied waters of modern government funding give you a clear shot at an accusation. Yet the guilt is as clear as the ‘Moderate Voice’ is actually moderate. Watch this Front Page clip, which spends 6:30 rehashing the failure of the Stupor Committee, after which they get to the interesting work of predicting what follows:
You want to talk some hypocrisy, Gandleman, note that the Democrats in the Senate are about two months away from that magic, 1,000 Days of Blowing Off Their Job moment.

States have been largely neutered by Progressivism, Joe. And I think you know that. And most of the readers of blogs know it, too. But keep on beclowning yourself with context-free, partisan accusations.

Update: case in point, over at Volokh:

First, police departments across the country compete for a pool of federal anti-drug grants. The more arrests and drug seizures a department can claim, the stronger its application for those grants.
“The availability of huge federal anti-drug grants incentivizes departments to pay for SWAT team armor and weapons, and leads our police officers to abandon real crime victims in our communities in favor of ratcheting up their drug arrest stats,” said former Los Angeles Deputy Chief of Police Stephen Downing.

I’m not addicted to the smell of perverse incentives brought on by federal overreach wafting up my nose in the morning. Mainly because it does not smell like victory.


3 Responses to “Progressivism At Work: Put States In A Bad Way, Blame States For Being There”

  1. Dell Hill
    November 25th, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

    I have to wonder if Joe has ever stopped to count the dollars that Texans send to Washington???  Why is it wrong to get some back?

  2. edward royce
    November 26th, 2011 @ 12:13 am

    Let’s face it.  There is nothing under the Sun that the government can’t screw up.

  3. Anonymous
    November 26th, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    What Gandelman and his hypocritical Copperhead buddies never have an answer to is this: As long as the Federal Government thief is stealing the tax money, why shouldn’t we steal it back? The Mafia can’t call the cops when they get robbed by the tongs.