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Why Does DC Fund TX?

Posted on | March 16, 2012 | 3 Comments

by Smitty

Tina Korbe at HotAir on Rick Perry:

Incidentally, this is one of the things I most respect about Rick Perry: He is willing to forgo federal funds, recognizing that federal dollars always come with strings attached.

In the chronic case, are not the 57 states the horse, and the federal government the cart?

Sure, natural disasters may trigger some acute reversal, say, if the Mississippi River floods out the entire Midwest. But I read a sentence like that, and I wonder:

  • Does the entire economy work in some non-obvious way? or
  • Am I just a chump for not understanding something that everyone else grasps readily?

I submit that, post debt crisis, one of our tasks to look for in the plan will be a transition off of the notion of ‘federal dollars’ and onto a notion akin to ‘federal revenues’, where DC, like a river, is constrained by the banks of receipts at the treasury that come from the states.

Returning our federal government’s feet to earth may be what it takes to trigger an influx of sane, moral people into running for office.
Not to say the candidates we have are insane or immoral; rather, insufficient.


3 Responses to “Why Does DC Fund TX?”

  1. Adjoran
    March 16th, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

    I believe this is a Medicaid program, and Medicaid rules do NOT require the states to fund abortion. States are supposed to have latitude in the levels of services, although the more they spend themselves, the more the feds kick in.

    This may have been a special grant program, and not subject to the regular Medicaid guidelines, but I sure don’t remember anything being passed by Congress requiring abortion funding with federal money.  There would have been some noise.

    OTOH, I was sure I heard some report on the cable news that Texas would contest the decision in court, which is why I supposed it was just another case of the dictator wannabe exceeding his statutory authority to kill babies.

  2. carolt2
    March 17th, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

    Rick Perry is taking the voter ID struck down by the DOJ to the Supreme Court, I”m not sure if he’s taking this to the courts. 

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