In the Tennessee Lookout: Jacobs in the Koch call bemoaned the fiscal irresponsibility of federal spending, bragging that Tennessee was a fiscally strong place. “Unfortunately,” he lamented, “what sometimes happens is the people who have been fiscally responsible end up paying for the fiscal irresponsibility of other places.” If it sounds a bit like an echo of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “blue state bailout” whine, it is. It also, however, is a disturbing deception evident in many places, but particularly with Tennessee Republicans.

bizgrrl's picture

The states who pay more and

The states who pay more and get less include California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey.

This has been proven time and again.
Why do the Republicans keep bragging about their pauper states?

PM Parris's picture

It's an identity thing

Without plunging down a rabbit hole here, dating back to the Reagan era there's been a mythos built up that conservatives are makers and liberals are takers. Or use thrifty and spendthrift. And so on. As such, it has taken on a certain kind of reality in certain quarters.

And when something is core to your identity, it has to be sustained.

We all know there are thrifty liberals and thrifty conservatives. And vice-versa. I doubt he's (in his mind) referring to anything as complex as federal and state budgets -- just maintaining the message as handed down through the decades.

I think it's as simple as that.

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