New York governor Andrew Cuomo, responding to Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s accusation that federal pandemic relief amounts to “blue state bailouts”:
At the end of the year, we put into that federal pot $116 billion
more than we take out. OK? His state, the state of Kentucky,
takes out $148 billion more than they put in. […] Senator
McConnell, who’s getting bailed out here? It’s your state that’s
living on the money that we generate. Your state is getting bailed
out, not my state.
Worth mentioning that this discrepancy between payments between states and the federal government is year-in, year-out, and unrelated to the pandemic.
This inconvenient truth brings to mind the classic delightfully-profane anonymously-bylined “Fuck the South” rant, originally published the day after George W. Bush’s reelection in 2004. The original domain has, alas, lapsed, but The Internet Archive has it.
★ Friday, 24 April 2020