A Bailout for States, Too?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Friday, October 31, 2008

A Bailout for States, Too?

October 31, 2008

New York and New Jersey tax their people more than any other states. And they spend more than any other state. They both have Democratic governors. So with the economic challenges before us, the governors of both states are asking for a federal bailout. You see, Wall Street, which liberals love to bash, has had a downturn so they aren’t getting the taxes they once received. Now according to liberals, Wall Street is evil, except when it is providing tax money for liberal government. When it doesn’t, it is supposedly the job of the taxpayers in the other 48 states to pony-up.

Here’s an idea. What if governments were forced to live within their means? Isn’t that what each of us has to do? If we get in financial trouble, we have to cut our spending, possibly curtail wants and focus on real needs. Not government. Everything government does is supposedly good. Government grows and people who succeed are told they must pay more to feed the beast. When will it end? If the polls are right, not in Tuesday’s election.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.