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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Red state welfare

Those "compassionate conservatives" get their exercise railing against the abuses of people Ronald Reagan used to call them "welfare queens," living off the public dole without a lifting a finger.

The GOP Congress was supposed to put an end to that practice -- and even Bill Clinton called for an end to "welfare as we know it."

He succeeded, much to the unhappiness of a lot of liberals. What we didn't count on was those "fiscal conservatives" creating a new form of welfare -- perfect for the red state brethren,

The Washington Post exposes yet another massive raid on the treasury by crusading reformers like Dick Armey. Yes, it's true, farm state Democrats like Tom Daschle and David Pryor participated in the raids. But as the Post points out, the real feeding time came under GOP "leadership."
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) used his power as chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture to push through $3 billion in "emergency" assistance to grain, cotton and dairy farmers. That was only the beginning of a retreat by Republicans fearing retribution at the polls in key "red" states with broad farm constituencies.
Now we have "po' folks" in the Houston neighborhood that has been home to George H.W. Bush and Ken Lay feeding at the public trough. Texas appears to be one of the largest recipient of this ill-gotten federal largesse.

Are you surprised?

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