You know the rest…
Reports from the arc of the angry Tea Party movement indicate that, yes indeed, there is a FEDERAL government and yes, it does provide a big payoff to be in one of the five states that comprise Tea Party Homeland. Each and every one of the states on the map receives back more from the federal government than it pays in taxes and other revenues (Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas). These states voted for Mitt Romney by big margins and contributed a healthy share of the Tea Party Republicans in Congress.
Now it’s time to pay the price for this type of negligence. Businesses and defense workers, schools and health programs, you name it, are going to feel the lash of the Tea Party madness. This isn’t your normal budget drama that gets resolved at the last minute. It’s the apogee of Tea Party anger and cynicism. Just look at the way the Senate handled the Hagel hearings. They treated their former colleague with utter contempt. Recall John McCain’s anger. He’s one of the more reasonable Republicans.
There are good reasons to think that the Republicans will run out the clock and let sequestration kick in on March 1. Should that happen, the impact may trigger something much worse than anything the Republicans, the pundits, or the sleepwalking Democrats can anticipate.
Let’s see how the states below vote in 2016, even if we fail to stumble off of the fiscal cliff.
Press from Tea Party Homeland
Some 37,000 Department of Defense civilian employees in Georgia would face furlough days, reducing gross pay by about $190 million this year, according to a White House report issued over the weekend.
Last week, the U.S. Army announced the economic impact the cuts would likely have on Alabama and Senator Richard Shelby called the sequestration deal “not the way to do business.”
Friday, the Aerospace Industries Association said that if the automatic spending cuts set to trigger March 1 actually happen, it could cost Mississippi 11,000 jobs and almost $1.2 billion in gross state product.
The Army said that included on the list are 3,139 Army civilians in Louisiana, who would lose $19 million in pay if no deal between Congress and the administration is reached to avert what is known as budget sequestration.
Employees were told the one-day-a-week furloughs could last as long as 22 weeks.
* Loans: Small business loan guarantees would be reduced by up to $900 million, stopping businesses from expanding and hiring.
* Oil and gas permits: Cuts to the Department of Interior and other federal agencies would slow the development of oil and gas on federal land and water and could delay the leasing of new federal land for development.
* Economic Development: The Economic Development Administration would face restrictions in its ability to leverage private investments and resources for projects, resulting in some 1,000 fewer jobs created.
* New drug approvals: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research would face delays in new drug approvals.
* Research grants and awards: The National Science Foundation would issue about 1,000 fewer research grants and awards, affecting about 12,000 scientists and researchers. The National Institutes of Health would be forced to make hundreds of fewer research awards, which