Opinion | Why are we ‘bailing out’ Texas’s reckless decisions on covid-19?

March 3, 2021 ☼ goplies

Source: The Washington Post - Link

Republicans have groused that proposed federal aid to states and localities would amount to a “bailout for blue states,” ignoring the widespread economic damage in their own red states and the status of many of those states as moochers (they receive more aid from the federal government than they contribute in revenue). But if we take their argument seriously, it raises another question: Why should a state whose government behaves in a wholly irresponsible manner and endangers its own people be treated the same as responsible states when it comes to direct covid-19 aid?

Red states have sucked up federal aid like a sponge with blue states paying the bills. I have no sympathy for this argument. Red states have been careless with their COVID response, and yet Democrats are impartial with the aid, as it should be.