The GOP’s favorite in-house Exocist and noted volcano monitor, professional Mr. Rogers’ Impersonator and Governor of Louisiana, Bobby “Bubba” Jindal has spent most of his career, and certainly all of his most public appearances to condemn big gubmint spending. He now finds himself in the awkward position of begging for more money from the big gubmint he despises so much to help his state with the monsterous oil pollution that is drifting their way.
One of LA’s senators, Diaperman is no stranger to this rock-and-a-hard-place, either, has stated:
Based on the latest briefings I have received and first hand view of the situation in the Gulf, I strongly believe BP is spread too thin in trying to both cap the well and remediate the damage along our coastline, producing an ineffective response. In my meetings with top Cabinet officials, I have urged all involved to allow BP to focus all of its efforts on building a dome and drilling a relief well at the source of the spill so that federal and state officials can focus on protecting and cleaning up the coast. Our prayers continue to go out to the families and co-workers of the victims of the explosion.
Now you can read that as Vitter thinks that the feds are better suited to do the big clean-up work and not BP (or maybe more cynically you can read that as he is trying to protect BP’s bottom line). But the point here is that those whiney titty babies, who would dismantle the federal government to go it alone, are now seeing that there is a purpose in government: to bail their asses out.
But it doesn’t end there: small-gubmint Republican senators, Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions of Alabama and George LeMieux of Florida, flew over the gulf (on a U.S. government aircraft) with small-government Republican Rep. Jeff Miller (Fla.) and released this statement:
“We’re here to send the message that we’re going to do everything we can from a federal level to mitigate this,” Sessions said after the flight, “to protect the people and make sure when people are damaged that they’re made whole.”
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said he would “make sure the federal government is poised to assist in every way necessary.” His colleague Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) said he is making sure “the federal government is doing all it can” — even as he added his hope that “industry” would pay.
It is worth noting that the states that these gentlemen represent already get huge benefits from the Federal Government (source: the nonpartisan Tax Foundation):
- Louisiana receives $1.78 in federal benefits for every $1 they pay in taxes.
- Alabama receives $1.66 in federal benefits for every $1 they pay in taxes.
- Mississippi recieves $2.02 in federal benefits for every $1 they pay in taxes.
And in general terms, we note this:
- Deep Red states people received an average of $1.50 back from the federal government for every dollar they paid in federal taxes.
- In moderately Republican states, the amount was $1.19.
- In moderately Democratic states, people received on average of 99 cents in federal funds for each dollar they paid in taxes.
- In Deep Blue states, people got back just 86 cents on the tax dollar.
So once again we are confronted with the way the GOP works: they create their own reality, and we pay for it.