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Pork in the Age of Deficits

Republicans complain loudly about deficits, and yet they still find lots of money to fund their pet projects. Here are some examples:

  • Earlier this month, I posted a story about Texas wanting to give tax breaks to buyers of luxury yachts (costing over a quarter of a million dollars), while the state is running a $27 billion deficit and is cutting healthcare and education.
  • New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a champion of fiscal conservatism is giving big tax breaks to a Canadian conglomerate to finish building a $2 billion entertainment and shopping complex, which was originally supposed to open in 2007. But I guess this project is more important than deficits, because it includes an 800-foot-long indoor ski jump and the tallest ferris wheel in North America.
  • Kentucky has gone through eight rounds of budget cuts, including cutting education and freezing the pay of all teachers and state workers, and cutting Medicaid. And yet the state magically found around $50 million to help fund a Bible-themed amusement park. Seriously.

Why is it that Republicans only talk about deficits when they want to cut something that helps the poor or the middle class?



  1. Dan wrote:

    Kentucky’s Governor is a Democrat. A better example would be Iowa’s Branstad, he’s a gem.

    Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink
  2. starluna wrote:

    Because they are meanies?

    Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Permalink
  3. Morrius wrote:

    Because the poor and middle class don’t donate (enough) to their re-election campaigns?

    Friday, May 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Permalink