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.


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