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Federal funds not free money

Published: December 1, 2012

Gov. Mary Fallin's decision to reject federal funds for Medicaid expansion is a highly principled decision. I applaud her for making it and taking the resulting heat. People need to stop interpreting the phrase “federal funding” to mean “free money from outer space.” Every nickel the federal government gets to fling around in this manner came from a taxpayer somewhere. To continue to blow trillions of dollars beyond what they can extract from the overburdened taxpayer will surely lead to catastrophe, not only for the poorest of the poor but for those of us who comprise the vanishing middle class. Let tax money stay within state borders and let the bloated federal bureaucracy go on a starvation diet. Then maybe our grandchildren might enjoy the life our grandparents did.

Jesse Pond, Oklahoma City