Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Is Chris Christie a Republican...

...I could actually see voting for some day? Yesterday the governor of New Jersey said (my emphasis):

"I find it interesting that Sen. Paul is accusing us of having a 'Gimme, gimme, gimme' attitude toward federal spending when in fact New Jersey is a donor state and we get 61 cents back on every dollar we send to Washington. Interestingly, Kentucky gets $1.51 on every dollar they send to Washington," he said.

"So if Sen. Paul wants to start looking at where he's going to cut spending to afford defense, maybe he should start looking at the pork barrel spending he brings home to Kentucky."

Whoa! Gov. Christie stopped just short of calling Sen. Paul a ... taker. Ouch!

In an unrelated, but interesting, piece on Obamacare, economist Brad DeLong backs up the New Jersey governor (my emphasis):

In the Democratic-controlled “blue” states, where 60% of the US population lives – and which account for 70% of national income and 80% of its wealth – implementation of the ACA is likely to be like that of RomneyCare in Massachusetts: a somewhat bumpy ride, but a clear success that nobody will wish to repeal after the fact.

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