In Alabama, We Love To Hate On The Federal Government

Our Governor, Robert Bentley, regularly rails against those mean old, interfering feds ...

     "We must protect the State of Alabama from the federal government interfering with our ability to enforce our laws."

     "The health care law is an overreach by the federal government ..."

Fighting the feds is so central for the Guv that it was actually one of Bentley's campaign promises:

     "I promise once I’m elected that I will fight the federal government ..."

But when the going gets tough, where do we turn for help?  The mean old, interfering federal government.

Gov. Robert Bentley is asking the president for federal assistance to help with more than $9 million in damage that Hurricane Isaac caused in Alabama.

And Gov. Bentley is not alone.  Republican leaders from the State House and Senate also went to Washington, DC with their hands out for federal help.
 

The governor, House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, traveled together on the state airplane for the private hour-long lunch meeting at the U.S. Capitol with all nine members of the House and Senate from Alabama.

Hypocrites?  Yeah. 

What these federal hating conservatives won't tell Alabama voters is that without this transfusion of federal money, Alabama's fragile economy would be in even worse shape than it currently is.  For all our hating on the federal government, the money they send to Alabama is our lifeblood. We're not alone in this strange love-hate relationship with the federal government:

Support for Republican candidates, who generally promise to cut government spending, has increased since 1980 in states where the federal government spends more than it collects. The greater the dependence, the greater the support for Republican candidates. 

We're fooling ourselves about our relationship with the feds, and Republican politicians are helping us do it.

          Alabama depends on federal dollars

Related:

Business Insider - Red States Are Welfare Queens

Washington Post - Welfare-queen states

Toad Report - Red State=Welfare State, Blue State=Backbone of America

Daily Kos - In defense of red state socialism

Mother Jones - Most Red States Take More Money from Washington Than They Put In

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