Red State Welfare
No more spreading the wealth around! The New York Daily News reports:
Alaska gets $1.84 in federal spending for every dollar it pays in federal taxes. We in New York get just 79 cents on the dollar.
Which means we subsidize Alaska even as it enjoys a $2 billion-plus budget surplus.
Even as New York faces a huge deficit that will require ever more painful cuts.
Maybe there will be more reality shows featuring other big names in the Tea Party who call for cuts in government spending even as their home states are subsidized by the rest of us.
There could be Sen. Jim DeMint's South Carolina, which gets $1.35 on the dollar.
There could also be Sen.-elect Rand Paul's Kentucky, which rakes in $1.51.
Compare those states to two that are in financial crisis and suffer an even worse balance of payments than we do in New York.
California receives only 78 cents on the dollar.
And New Jersey gets just 61 cents, though it does have a hit reality show.
And the perennial President Bartlet rejoinder: "Can we have it back, please?"
Don't mess with snowbillies
Apparently the pain from David Letterman's joke about her is causing Willow to lash out:
Willow Palin was responding to a boy named Tre who updated his Facebook status on Sunday night to read: "Sarah Palin's Alaska, is failing so hard right now."
Willow then replied, saying: "Tre stfu. Your such a faggot."
Willow also wrote a message on Tre's wall which read: "Haha your so gay. I have no idea who you are, But what I've seen pictures of, your disgusting … My sister had a kid and is still hot."
Today in gay: Georgia Megachurch edition
Rep. Pete Sessions confirmed that he and his fellow Republicans are also going to hold unemployment benefits hostage to giving the super-rich continued tax cuts.
Since spinelessness is a virtue among Democrats, especially Senate Democrats, Harry Reid, a man whose picture can be found in the zoological guides under "Weasel; gutless", was re-elected as majority leader.
Fixing The Economy, McCain-style- Walnuts says that billions can be saved by eliminating earmarks, and lowering armed services personnel costs, thus proving he knows nothing about either earmarks or the Defense Budget. "They can marry their own Booze Heiress, like I did," he did not say. "Hennnnngh!," he added. (Reuters)
Food Security - More people than ever were on some form of Food Stamps during the recession (which, hahahaha, is over) so it is time for the GOP to gut the program that currently serves 1/7 households. (Reuters)
This is what happens when you outlaw abortion. "Police in Thailand have found the remains of more than 300 human foetuses hidden in a Buddhist temple in the capital, Bangkok. The police say they suspect the foetuses came from illegal abortion clinics. News reports say a member of the temple staff confessed to being hired by several clinics to dispose of remains. Abortion is illegal in Thailand, except when the pregnancy affects the mother's health or is the result of rape. Police chief Sumeth Ruangswasdi said they had been called to investigate a strong smell in the temple, and discovered a total of 348 foetuses in plastic bags, AP reports."
This afternoon in the East Room of the White House, the President presented the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, U.S. Army -- the first living servicemember from the Iraq or Afghanistan wars to receive it. "Now, I'm going to go off-script here for a second and just say I really like this guy," said the President to laughter and applause. "I think anybody -- we all just get a sense of people and who they are, and when you meet Sal and you meet his family, you are just absolutely convinced that this is what America is all about."