A Long Island tax cut backfires on the Tea Party
"When a Republican dies and goes to heaven it looks a lot like Nassau County" --Ronald Reagan
Nassau County, NY is phenomenally wealthy. It's also ultra-conservative. And in modern America, "conservative" means make big tax cuts but don't bother paying for them.
Also known as "borrow-and-spend".
In the 1990s, Republican control of the county government left Nassau County with massive debt. Eventually, the New York State government had to bail out the county -- to the tune of $100 million.
Why exactly should working-class citizens of less fabulously wealthy counties have to pay down the deficits run up by the Nassau County GOP? Interesting question indeed.
Anyway, part of the deal was that the county government would be kept on a short leash. No more deficits!
For a while, this seemed to be working. Nassau County elected a new (Democratic) administration that made various painful budget cuts and tax increases.
Fast-forward to 2009. Fed up with having to actually pay for their spending, Nassau voters replaced the dour fiscally-responsible Democrat with a radical Tea Party Republican who promised voters the moon -- deep tax cuts, with no offsetting cuts in spending.
Predictably, the debt rapidly started piling up.
Finally, this week, the State stepped in and took control of the county's finances from the irresponsible Tea Party munchkins.
This quote from the article pretty much sums it all up:
"A lot of people who got elected on this type of anti-tax platform are running into the brick wall of fiscal reality," said Matthew Gardner, executive director of the non-partisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy in Washington.
The moral of this story is left as an exercise for the reader.