Chris Christie: Kentucky is “a leech on the federal government”
Zing! This was the latest salvo in the ongoing verbal slugfest between Chris Christie and Rand Paul (R—Tea Klux Klan).
(As The Rude Pundit once said, Rand Paul’s facial expression always looks like he just finished masturbating on a woman wearing a bear suit. But I digress…)
Rand Paul accused Chris Christie of having a “gimme gimme gimme” attitude toward the federal government, and called him “the king of bacon.” And Christie’s response was:
“I find it interesting that Senator Paul is accusing us of having a gimme, gimme, gimme attitude toward federal spending when in fact New Jersey is a donor state, we get 61 cents back on every dollar we send to Washington. And interestingly Kentucky gets $1.51 on every dollar they sent to Washington. So if Senator Paul wants to start looking at where he is going to cut spending to afford defense, maybe he should start looking at cutting the pork barrel spending he brings home to Kentucky at a $1.51 on every dollar and not look at New Jersey where we get 61 cents for every dollar.”
Unlike a lot of Democrats/liberals, I don’t hold any sort of admiration for Chris Christie. Last fall, when he worked with President Obama during the Hurricane Sandy aftermath, it looked like Christie was a real standup guy, putting his constituents’ needs above party loyalty. But that illusion vanished last month when Christie vetoed a bill that would have banned the use of gestation crates on hog farms. A standup guy? Fuck no, just another teabag-sucking corporate prostitute.
In any case, Chris Christie put Rand Paul in his place, and said what needed to be said. He said what liberal/alternative news sites have been pointing out for years now. The mainstream “media” has never bothered to mention this, but:
Kentucky does indeed take in a lot more tax money from the federal government than the amount paid to the federal government by Kentucky’s taxpayers. And this applies to most of the red states. Google it — this fact has been documented over and over on blogs and “alternate” news sites (and conveniently omitted by the corporate-owned “liberal” media).
In other words: The number of tax dollars contributed by a state is inversely proportional to the number of slogans about “bootstraps” and “self-reliance” being spewed out by that state’s politicians.