Republicans as the Party of Fiscal Responsibility and Family Values

Well, maybe in 49 of the states but certainly not in Pennsylvania.

Although the state has a Democratic governor, both chambers of its legislature have large Republican majorities, including a veto-proof majority in the senate.

Which means that in Pennsylvania, Republicans pretty much call the shots.

So Republicans passed a budget in late June. The state’s constitutional budget deadline is June 30.

So they did their job, right?

Well, not quite.

It turns out that they passed a spending plan but neglected to pass legislation to raise enough money to pay for the $32 billion worth of spending they approved.

Because Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility.

And then they dallied for four months over that spending plan.

Because Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility.

During which the state had to borrow money to pay its bills.

And to pay for things like health care for kids.

Because Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility.

Despite this, they took a six-week vacation during which the state still didn’t have a revenue plan and still wasn’t raising enough money to pay for the $32 billion in spending they approved.

Because Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility.

And then last week they finally – finally! – passed a revenue plan.

That didn’t cut any more state spending.

Because Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility.

And that didn’t call for any new or increased taxes.

Because Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility.

And that called for borrowing $1.5 billion to cover ordinary operating expenses.

Because Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility.

Looking like an elephant but acting more like jackasses

And called for generating an estimated $200 million in new tax revenue by expanding legal gambling in the state.

Because Republicans are the party of family values and nothing says “family values” quite like making it in the state’s financial interest for working-class people to fritter away their paychecks at slot machines and video poker terminals.

Yes, Pennsylvania’s Republicans really embody everything that has made the Republican party great again.

At the expense of the people they were elected to serve.

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