Saturday, March 11, 2017

If Only This Would Really Happen

We can only dream:
We give up. You win. From now on, we’ll treat the animating ideal on which the United States was founded—out of many, one—as dead and buried. Federalism, true federalism, which you have vilified for the past century, is officially over, at least in spirit. You want to organize the nation around your cherished principle of states’ rights—the idea that pretty much everything except the U.S. military and paper currency and the national anthem should be decided at the local level? Fine. We won’t formally secede, in the Civil War sense of the word. We’ll still be a part of the United States, at least on paper. But we’ll turn our back on the federal government in every way we can, just like you’ve been urging everyone to do for years, and devote our hard-earned resources to building up our own cities and states. We’ll turn Blue America into a world-class incubator for progressive programs and policies, a laboratory for a guaranteed income and a high-speed public rail system and free public universities. We’ll focus on getting our own house in order, while yours falls into disrepair and ruin.

In short, we’ll take our arrogant, cosmopolitan, liberal-elite football—wait, make that soccer ball—and go home.
Really?  They’ll believe in the Constitution and not try to make the federal govt responsible for everything?  Count me in!!!

Here's a classic excerpt, showing the derision for anyone that doesn't think like the author:
Take Mississippi (please!), famous for being 49th or 50th in just about everything that matters. When it comes to sucking at the federal teat, the Magnolia State is the undisputed champ. More than 40 percent of Mississippi’s state revenue comes from federal funding; one-third of its GDP comes from federal spending; for every dollar it pays out in federal taxes, it takes in $4.70 in federal aid; one in five residents are on food stamps—all national highs. You people—your phrase, not mine—liked to bash Obama for turning America into what you derisively referred to as “Food Stamp Nation.” In reality, it’s more like Food Stamp Red America—something your Trump-loving congressmen will discover if and when they fulfill their vow to gut the program.
Proof positive that the author doesn't understand economics.  Believe it or not, people respond to economic incentives--even bad ones.  If "red states" completely eliminated welfare, for example--which, let's be honest, wouldn't happen, but let's assume the author's premise--welfare recipients would just move to a blue state, where the people would no doubt be happy to support them.  There's a reason that California has a full third of the nation's welfare recipients but 1/8 or so of the nation's population.

There's more like that in the article.  Conservatives should go read the whole thing and cherish the schadenfreude you experience just by knowing how much your very existence annoys the snot out of this author.  I know I'm cherishing. 


Pseudotsuga said...

Yeah, those "progressive" policies are the bees' knees and the cat's meow!
We'll show those knuckle-dragging deplorables that a multi-billion dollar bullet train that nobody actually wants to ride is a winner!

Ellen K said...

These comments could even be listed as racist since the population of Mississippi has one of the largest percentages of African Americans in the US. It could be listed as elitist since many of those living in red states are either here illegally and probably didn't get a good education back home or were not helped by government programs due to their ethnicity.
Show them this: