The GOP Plan to Flush Your State’s Economy Down the Toilet
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Saint Paul, MN
#1 Feb 11, 2013
February 11, 2013 |
The GOP has plans for a comeback. But it may cost you a lot. The idea is to capitalize on recent Republican state takeovers to conduct an austerity experiment known as the new “red-state model” and prove that faulty policies can be turned into gold.
There will be smoke. There will be mirrors. And there will be a lot of ordinary people suffering needlessly in the wake of this ideological train wreck.
We already have a red-state model, and it’s called Mississippi. Or Texas. Or any number of states characterized by low public investment, worker abuse, environmental degradation, educational backwardness, high rates of unwanted pregnancy, poor health, and so on.
Now the GOP is determined to bring that horrible model to the rest of America.
In Kansas, the Wall Street Journal reports that Governor Sam Brownback is aiming to up his profile “by turning Kansas into what he calls Exhibit A for how sharp cuts in taxes and government spending can generate jobs, wean residents off public aid and spur economic growth.” In remarks quoted in the same article, Brownback announced that "My focus is to create a red-state model that allows the Republican ticket to say,'See, we've got a different way, and it works.’ "
Brownback’s economic inspiration is Reagan-era supply-side economist Arthur Laffer and the folks at Americans for Prosperity, the conservative outfit backed by the deep coffers of the Koch brothers.
This new austerity talk focused on “fiscal innovations” is emboldening Republicans in other states that have been gerrymandered into submission to the GOP, including Indiana, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and alas, my home state of North Carolina.
Republications have been eyeing the Tar Heel state with interest due to its recent swing status in presidential elections. The state was also the target of a gerrymandering strategy that worked out wonderfully for the Republicans, but not so well for democracy. Sam Wang, the founder of the Princeton Election Consortium, wrote recently in the New York Times about how Republican redistricting thwarted Democratic voters:
Saint Paul, MN
#2 Feb 11, 2013
The red state model is Wisconsin. The budget is in the black, unemployment is way down, and local, city, and county budgets are under control for the first time in years.
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#3 Feb 11, 2013
"But it may cost you a lot."
It will cost some people.
It will cost the moochers their monthly government cheese. They will have to provide for themselves rather than picking the pockets of the working people and giving it to the non-working people.
#4 Feb 11, 2013
Maybe the GOP will model a new Minnesota after South Dakota.
You know where Minnesota Governor The Honerable Mark dayton has ALL of his trust fund.
You understand taxes are much lower in South Dakota.
Soooo I guess Mark Dayton thinks the South Dakota economy is "Flushed Down the Toilet" and the BEST PLACE to save his $$$$.
So we BETTER NOT flush the Minnesota economy down the toilet ot Mark Dayton MIGHT move his money to Minnesota.
This is so phocking REDICULAS it isn't funny!!!
#5 Feb 11, 2013
Don't look at what CA just did. They raised taxes to the highest in the nation, and still had to cut 30 billion in spending. They also think the rich and buisnesses are just going to sit there as they raise taxes on them by $6 billion per year, for the next 7 years.
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