Don’t Touch Our Government Spending! Says The Joplin Globe

The Joplin Globe has long been one of the state’s most conservative newspapers.  But sometimes it suffers from a sort of political schizophrenia.

This week was a perfect example.

Today the editorialist lamented Obama’s big budget numbers, arguing:

To keep on spending some $3.5, $3.6 or $3.7 trillion a year does not come close to limiting that government. Everyone wants to “share the wealth” in good times. We wonder who will agree to “share the pain” in times of need, locally and nationally.

We wonder who will agree to share the pain“?  Remember that. Although these are times in which government stimulus is needed to keep the anemic recovery going, the Globe speaks of sharing the pain of big budget cuts, even the local pain of budget cuts. 

Yet on Sunday, the Globe editorialist wrote:

Typically we believe that less government is more. But, in the case of airport subsidies, we need to apply some common sense.

Uh-oh.  By “common sense” the Globe means, “we think your airport subsidy should be cut, but we want the Joplin airport subsidy to continue.”  But, but, but…what about the pain? “We wonder who will agree to share the pain?” Remember?

Or take Monday’s editorial, in which the Globe (rightly) lectured Missouri Republicans on why it was simply unacceptable to return $189 million dollars of federal money, which didn’t arrive in time to stop most school districts from cutting jobs.  Keep the money! said the Globe, ending with this:

We hope Missouri’s Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly remember that they were elected to represent Missourians, not the entire country. We need them to do what’s best for the Show-Me State, not try to address national political talking points.

Do what’s best for the Show-Me State“?  But, but, but…what about the pain? “We wonder who will agree to share the pain?” Remember?

It’s only Wednesday, so stay tuned for more suggestions the Globe has for “sharing the pain” while simultaneously arguing, “Do what’s best for the Show-Me State” and the local Joplin economy.

It’s a good thing other cities and states don’t feel that way or we would have a massive public debt.




  1. They may run you out of Joplin on a rail.


  2. By the way in consulting a map, I only recently came to understand that Joplin is almost in Kansas, so its likely more of the great plains than the south as I had earlier thought.


    • Bruce,

      Joplin benefits from being near the Kansas border, since Joplin is the largest city around these parts. Lots of purchasing traffic comes in from southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma. Our airport, though, is just one hour from Springfield’s much larger airport, and just a little more than an hour from a large airport in northwest Arkansas. Thus the need for government subsidies to attract even one airline here in Joplin for two flights a day, and only to Dallas.

      And I can understand why local business interests want the convenience of connecting flights to Dallas, and I don’t really have a problem with it, but such folks shouldn’t be shouting from their housetops, “Cut! Cut! Cut!, while they are lobbying for subsidies for our airport. That’s all I’m saying, and I suppose one day that pointing out the paper’s hypocrisy on this (and other) issues may get me the left foot of fellowship.



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