Former South Carolina Governor and Trump administration official Nikki Haley kicked a hornet’s nest on Thursday when she voiced agreement with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) callous belief that states should just be allowed to go bankrupt during this crisis.
The coronavirus pandemic has pushed several states to the brink of financial ruin as funds run out, forcing them to call upon the federal government to bail them out.
McConnell, however, rejected the idea of passing relief for the states and said they should go bankrupt instead.
On Thursday, Haley agreed with McConnell.
States should always plan for a rainy day just like any business. I disagree that states should take Fed money or be bailed out. This will lead to taxpayers paying for mismanagement of poorly run states. States need to tighten up, make some cuts, and manage.
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) April 23, 2020
And her remarks did not go over very well as people pointed out that corporations were given trillions of dollars, red states take more federal tax dollars than they contribute and she herself begged for federal money when her state needed financial aid.
If federal money, which comes predominately from Democratic states, is now only going to be used for Republican states, this Union is no longer working for US.
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) April 23, 2020
When your state had some rainy days, you ran to the federal government for money.https://t.co/COU5MUTbmc
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) April 23, 2020
Meanwhile CA, the 5th largest economy in the world pays more federal taxes than any other state, $234.5B or 15%, so who is bailing out who?
— Socially Distant Dawn (@viewsfordays) April 23, 2020
South Carolina receives $7.87 back from Washington for every $1 its citizens pay in federal tax. pic.twitter.com/AnOjp8upo2
— Doug Bernstein (@DougBernstein) April 23, 2020
But mega-corporations, which have been busy shoveling tax cuts and record profits over the past decade to shareholders as dividends, get a bailout, right?
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) April 23, 2020
Checks South Carolina’s dependency rate – 10th most dependent state in the country – you don’t say. pic.twitter.com/D67alB9yfz
— Amy Siskind ?️? (@Amy_Siskind) April 23, 2020
SC and Kentucky without CONSTANT federal bailouts since like forever: pic.twitter.com/pwfFSgYfpx
— Jim’sJunkBox (@JamesIsaak2) April 23, 2020
Then CA and NY will be witholding all our money from the failing Southern GOP welfare states.
— WaterBluSky (@MsMariaT) April 23, 2020
As a New Yorker, a state that gives much more than it takes, I am very much aware of how much your state took from my state when you were governor.
— D’Ag due (@ag_due) April 23, 2020
Your state was top ten in food stamp dependency when you were governor.
Balancing the budget in the backs of the poor working and middle class… that’s what the GOP does.
— IllinoisNewDemocratRicoP (@reesetheone1) April 23, 2020
Perhaps blue states should start refusing to pay federal taxes. Then we’ll see how long red states last.
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