‘Puter, as is his wont, read this morning’s Wall Street Journal as he exercised. Two birds, one stone and all that. There, ‘Puter encountered this editorial, Crowding Out K-12 Education.
The editorial states recent teachers strikes are a direct result of overspending in other areas, namely Medicaid and state pensions. For instance, Oklahoma’s Medicaid spending has risen from 14% of the state’s general fund in 2008 to 25% last year. Kentucky showed similar catastrophic increases in Medicaid spending, from $4.9 billion in 2008 to $9.9 billion last year. One in four Kentuckians is enrolled in Medicaid.
While the federal government picked up a large share of the increased costs since Obamacare’s inception, costs are now shifting to the states in accordance with the statute’s provisions.
This increased spending was foreseeable result of Obamacare. ‘Puter and many others said as much when Democrats were busy cramming the massive government entitlement down America’s unwilling craw. We begged states not to accept Medicaid enlargement because it would lead to exactly this, busted budgets and crushing taxes on citizens.
But that’s not what ‘Puter wants to discuss. ‘Puter wants to go meta on you, real blow your mind kind stuff. This real story in this editorial is the coming war between and among various elements of the Democrats’ voting base. Stick with ‘Puter here.
The teachers strikes are the first shots in a war between two Democrat base stalwarts: teachers unions and the poor/welfare recipients. There isn’t enough funding (or tax increase room for that matter) to keep both constituencies happy. Medicaid is chewing up education dollars, and teachers are pissed off.
“How dare you treat us like yesterday’s news? We aren’t just some cheap floozy you can use and lose, pump and dump! We’re respectable unlike that new whore that’s caught your eye!”
This is how ‘Puter imagines teachers’ union executives talking to legislators and governors about Medicaid recipients.
Carry this logic out. What funds going to current Democrat constituencies are liberal states going to cut to transfer to which other liberal constituency? This is the stuff of nightmares for the Democrats. The coming funding wars could well tear the Democratic Party apart.
Do you cut Planned Parenthood funding to transfer the dollars to teachers’ unions? Do you cut LGBTQ outreach funding to pay for increases to Medicaid? And ‘Puter hasn’t even gotten into the inherent social issue division within the Democratic Party.
Democrats have run out of other people’s money to spend. The teacher strikes are just the first skirmishes. The fiscal strife will exacerbate and lay bare the divisions on social issues, and decades-old rancor will bubble to the surface.
The Democrats’ civil war is coming, and it’s not going to be pretty.
Always right, unless he isn’t, the infallible Ghettoputer F. X. Gormogons claims to be an in-law of the Volgi, although no one really believes this.
’Puter carefully follows economic and financial trends, legal affairs, and serves as the Gormogons’ financial and legal advisor. He successfully defended us against a lawsuit from a liquor distributor worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid deliveries of bootleg shandies.
The Geep has an IQ so high it is untestable and attempts to measure it have resulted in dangerously unstable results as well as injuries to researchers. Coincidentally, he publishes intelligence tests as a side gig.
His sarcasm is so highly developed it borders on the psychic, and he is often able to insult a person even before meeting them. ’Puter enjoys hunting small game with 000 slugs and punt guns, correcting homilies in real time at Mass, and undermining unions. ’Puter likes to wear a hockey mask and carry an axe into public campgrounds, where he bursts into people’s tents and screams. As you might expect, he has been shot several times but remains completely undeterred.
He assures us that his obsessive fawning over news stories involving women teachers sleeping with young students is not Freudian in any way, although he admits something similar once happened to him. Uniquely, ’Puter is unable to speak, read, or write Russian, but he is able to sing it fluently.
Geep joined the order in the mid-1980s. He arrived at the Castle door with dozens of steamer trunks and an inarticulate hissing creature of astonishingly low intelligence he calls “Sleestak.” Ghettoputer appears to make his wishes known to Sleestak, although no one is sure whether this is the result of complex sign language, expert body posture reading, or simply beating Sleestak with a rubber mallet.
‘Puter suggests the Czar suck it.