After Bragging About $1 Billion State Surplus, Governor Scott Walker Asks for Money from President Obama

Scott-WalkerThough I dislike the Republican party and conservative ideology in general, I think the thing that drives me the most insane about the whole bunch is how hypocritical they are.  Especially when it comes to their “hatred” of the federal government.

I’m sure everyone reading this has met a conservative voter whose income, health care or both is largely provided by some kind of government program.  You know, the people who hold signs that say things like, “Get the Government OUT of my Medicare!”

Well, their politicians are no different because Republican politicians are a reflection of conservative voters.

A great example of blatant hypocrisy has been displayed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his request for aid from President Obama (you know – the federal government) as a propane shortage grips his state in the midst of another winter storm.

Why is this hypocritical, you ask?

Beyond the fact that a Republican governor is asking the federal government for help when Republicans are constantly talking about how they don’t need the federal government (that is until they need help, which seems to be pretty often), Governor Walker just bragged about how his state has a $1 billion surplus.

So why is the Wisconsin governor asking for help from the federal government when his state clearly has the funds to provide its own aid?

Oh, I know, because Walker plans to “give it [the surplus] back to the people” by the way of tax cuts.

Basically what Scott Walker is saying is that his state has a $1 billion surplus, but instead of using that money to provide aid for his own state during this propane shortage – he’s going to ask the federal government to subsidize that aid so he can give people tax breaks.

Tax cuts which I can almost guarantee heavily favor the rich.  As most tax cuts seem to do.

This is hypocrisy at its best.  A “small government” Republican like Scott Walker bragging about the surplus “he created,” asking the federal government for help when Wisconsin could easily provide aid for itself without help from the federal government.  All so he can cut taxes.

It’s not that I’m against the federal government helping out the people of Wisconsin.  I just find it incredibly hypocritical when Republicans constantly harp on the evils of the federal government (and even programs like FEMA), yet they’re some of the first people standing there with their hands out asking for help from the federal government whenever it’s convenient.

It always reminds me of Rick Perry who ran for re-election in 2010 bragging about his state’s balanced budget – which was only kept balanced due to funds Texas received from the 2009 stimulus package.  A stimulus package he often publicly denounced as “big government” that couldn’t be tolerated.

But it doesn’t stop with Rick Perry.  I can’t even keep track of all the stories I’ve seen come out over the years where these “federal government hating” conservative members of Congress sent letters to the federal government asking for funds to help their state or district.

The truth of the matter is, Republicans absolutely love government – as long as it’s providing something they want.  They only use this “evil federal government” rhetoric to manipulate voters they know are too ignorant to know any better.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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