Kentucky’s gravy train is now in danger, thanks to Mitch McConnell’s heartless greed

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As of 48 hours ago, few people knew that Kentucky was the nation’s leading recipient of federal largess, and certainly had no clue just how much the state received compared to the rest of the country. Then, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican from Kentucky, started whining about “Blue state bailouts,” and the shit has hit the fan.

Looks like it’s time to reexamine Kentucky’s privileged status.

Blue states have been happy to carry the burden of funding red states for … kinda forever. California, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, in particular, have pumped untold hundreds of billions over the last several decades into mostly rural red states.

That dynamic carries forth in states themselves, with large urban centers paying for rural regions, like the upstate-downstate divisions in Illinois and New York, or Philly-central Pennsylvania.

And that would be fine! Liberals are okay with helping out those that are less well off. Liberals have no problem with the federal government subsidizing telephone and mail service to rural areas—services that would not be justified by capitalistic math. We’re okay subsidizing rural health care. We’re okay subsidizing rural education, or opioid treatments, or transportation networks (e.g. roads).

The problem here isn’t our willingness as liberals to help our disproportionately rural Conservative brothers and sisters. The problem is twofold: 1) the bullshit pretense that these same people are “anti-government” and that urban liberals are somehow feeding off the government trough, and 2) the refusal of these same assholes  to help when blue states get hit with catastrophe. Instead, Mitch McConnells and his asshole buddies suddenly discover the evils of the budget deficit—a deficit that wouldn’t be so large if Kentucky wasn’t bleeding the country dry.

Still, once upon a time, liberals and Blue states were like “whatever, we’ve got it good, we’re the United States of America. We’ll help.” But McConnell’s toxic brew of greed and cruelty has shattered that pretense.

Conservatives have pretended for far too long that it is they, the “heartland,” the “real America,” that supposedly makes this country great, and it is the cities, the Brown and Black people, the feminists, the liberals, who are dragging it down. Yet it is us paying for their infrastructure, for their health care, for their Medicare and Medicaid and food stamps and aircraft carriers and all the things that make their society functional.

They wouldn’t last a week without our assistance. Yet not only is there zero appreciation, but they act like they’re the ones being screwed over.

If Republicans want to finally acknowledge that we are all in this thing together, that we are a United States of America, then great, we can continue being generous.

But that’s not what’s happened. Quite the opposite. Their divisive up democratic talk, in fact, has sown the seeds for a national breakup.

And so now, Kentucky’s largess is firmly in the sights of Democratic lawmakers. No more flying under the radar. No more free ride. I’m going to embed this tweet one more time for effect:

No more red-state bailouts.

So every time Mitch McConnell mentions the deficit? Kentucky first.

Mitch McConnell doesn’t want state bailouts? Kentucky first. Return the $148 billion in extra money it received the last five years.

Mitch McConnell wants to rail against the evil federal government? Then by all means, Kentucky, return that evil tainted federal cash.

Mitch McConnell wants to rail against New York or California? Return the money paid by New York and California taxpayers.

The red-state anti-government scam is fully exposed. No more.

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5 Comments on "Kentucky’s gravy train is now in danger, thanks to Mitch McConnell’s heartless greed"

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Simon DK
Simon DK

All the outrage in the world won’t make a lick of difference if the voters of Kentucky keep voting for the likes of Mitch “Bankruptcy” McConnell and Rand “Flush” Paul


RepubliCLOWNS are all morally bankrupt.
That’s why they are republiCLOWNS.
Coincidentally, most corporations are run by republiCLOWNS although republiCLOWNS seldom start them to begin with.
The same goes with corporate “management “…..
That’s why America should NEVER bail out corporations and they should be taxed at a 90% tax rate.
Take ford as an example. They still owe the American taxpayer 6 BILLION from that “loan” in 2008.

chris whitley
chris whitley
I been saying this for couple years. Let’s get this straight. Mitch McConnell has his thumb on the money scal as much as possible. What a lot of people don’t know is that his wife is Elaine Chaow. Spelling probably wrong but close. And we go to her inauspicious job. Cabinet secretary transportation or something like that. Long story short. She’s in charge of issuing grants. And did yo know that Kentucky had record number of such grants. And that she’s under investigation for issuing a 94 million dollars to some crony of Mitch McConnell. And that he has zero… Read more »

Perhaps if moscow mitch cared about the good people of Kentucky, he would introduce some sort of plan to help them. Instead he works with the Russians, has sanctions removed and plans to build a steele plant. Except for campaign donations which the people will never see, it appears the profits will likely go to The kremlin. Yes I contributed to his opponent


His wife is another story for a different time. If he gets voted out, hopefully she will be fired. Then they both can apply for food stamps and unemployment while the investigations into their actions take place.