Kentucky, depending on which study is cited, is among the top states that take in more money in federal aid than it pays out in taxes.
Governor Andrew Cuomo brought that up last week when Political Prince of Darkness-Enemy of the People-Obstructionist in Chief-Legislative Grim Reaper-Moscow Mitch McConnell, Kentucky’s senior Senator, and Senate Majority Leader announced his reluctance to give additional federal monies to states and local governments crippled by the Coronavirus.
Why can not the other 49 states get the same consideration to combat the Coronavirus Mitch as Kentucky gets every year to balance its budget?
As Blog readers know, Mr. McConnell, the person who stole Obama’s last Supreme Court pick and blocked revelations of Russian interference in the 2016 Election, suggested that the states file bankruptcy. Some of his aides openly declared that the great majority of the states requesting aid were the Blue States.
Those are the same blue states, like New York, that provide federal aid for welfare states like Kentucky so they can survive.
That argument about how Kentucky is a welfare state, and the backlash from Democrats and Republicans, apparently does not move the Political Prince of Darkness and Enemy of the People who went a step further on April 28, 2020, by telling his Republican Senators in a phone call to oppose any spending for infrastructure projects that come from the Democrats and Donald Trump.
Apparently, Mr. McConnell who has no problem with blue state aid to Kentucky, tax cuts for billionaires, and corporate favoritism carve-outs in the first Coronavirus stimulus bills thinks aid to the states and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure (which Trump wants) is too much for the national debt to sustain.
During the phone call, McConnell reportedly said:
“We need to keep the White House in the box……The Democrats and the White House both need to get the message (that infrastructure spending will not happen.)”
Cities and States across the country run by Republicans and Democrats, as published in an April 29, 2020 article in the Washington Post, have already begun to furlough, lay off, or stop hiring personnel. Budgets are quickly going into the red.
For example, Pennsylvania which is run by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has been forced to furlough some of its workers.
Another example is Ohio which is led by Republican Mike DeWine who has instituted a hiring freeze.
Virtually all of the states are suffering from a loss in sales and income tax revenue.
Arizona epitomizes what is happening in most of the country.
In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and the City Council wrote a letter requesting latitude on how to spend the CARES Act Stimulus funds so they could use some of the proceeds for revenue shortfalls so the city could “survive the crisis and ensure we are able to spur the economic recovery thereafter.”
Last week, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero made similar observations in a press statement which read in part:
“Without flexibility in how we can use these funds, I am concerned that we will have millions of dollars that will be sitting idly that could otherwise be used to maintain critical city services. Our city budget is under enormous strain which is why it is critical that any federal package includes additional support for local governments that are on the frontlines of fighting this pandemic.”
Governor Doug Ducey is among many State Governors from both parties, that have, per the Arizona Mirror, expressed interest in getting additional federal aid like block grants.
Senator Kyrsten Sinema called for Congress to fund more in state and local government assistance.
Her fellow Arizonan Senator, Martha McSally, apparently heard McConnell’s message and has not said anything publicly about helping Arizona or the other 49 states.
States and Local Governments need funding so vital services like law enforcement, public safety, education, housing, and Medicaid can be protected.
Other areas that Democrats want to fund and safeguard include:
- Increased access to health care for those who were affected by the virus.
- Workplace protections and hazard pay for essential workers.
- Expanded unemployment insurance.
- Voting by Mail.
The nation also needs to revamp its infrastructure and bring it into the Twenty-First Century.
It is astounding that none of this seems to phase Political Prince of Darkness-Enemy of the People Mitch McConnell. As a recent article in Vox illustrates, this albatross of public service, more committed to putting reactionary judges on the federal bench and getting protections for businesses at the expense of the American worker (in exchange for aid to the states,) is consistently insensitive to the needs of the American People and moving the country forward.
It is equally breathtaking that this person who has risen to the position of Senate Majority Leader, a representative of a state that depends on the tax revenues of blue states to balance its budget, would rather see this nation’s infrastructure crumble (even when the President of his own party wants to supposedly do more) to dust and the American people suffer rather than spend one dime on doing anything about it.
If Kentucky can always get help from the Federal Government, why not the other 49 states when there is an emergency?
Mitch McConnell is a person that is a danger to the American Dream. Most would agree it is just as important to defeat McConnell in November along with Trump. It may even be more essential to beat him than Trump. Even if the Democrats regain control of the Senate, having McConnell as a Minority Leader obstructing the nation’s business would be a hindrance to the Republic.
He needs to be defeated and retired out of politics this November.
Democrats need to retake the Senate. Candidates like Arizona Senate Candidate Captain Mark Kelly can help with that.
Democrats also need to be mindful of the Republican obstruction McConnell led during the Obama years and adopt Senate rules that would prohibit him or any successor from doing that again.
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