Government Spending Is Okay If You’re A Republican

If you weren't already aware, a creationist-themed amusement park, which depicts Noah's ark, man and dinosaur roaming together, and talking snakes is currently being built in northern Kentucky. The now infamous amusement park made headlines earlier this year when it was announced that the state of Kentucky would be granting a $43 million dollar tax break to the park.

Now Six Flags Over Jesus is making headlines again after the state of Kentucky chose to grant the park a 75 percent property tax break over 30 years.

ThinkProgress has the details:

Mayor Rick Skinner said the offer is laid out in a memorandum of agreement that will be followed by a formal tax-increment financing deal with Petersburg-based Ark Encounters LLC in coming months.

The tax deal is in addition to almost $200,000 given to the company by Grant County’s economic development arm as an enticement to keep the project located there, along with 100 acres of reduced-price land.

And that’s not counting the state’s promise of $40 million worth of sales tax rebates and a possible $11 million in improvements to the interstate near the project that would be financed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Big government spending! Socialism! Pork!

Kentucky officials are convinced the park will pay for itself, which seems about as likely as Iraqi oil paying for the war.

Meanwhile, all state employees have come under a pay-freeze and the state recently chose to privatize its Medicaid program.

Because I live in Kentucky and can speak with authority, I'll go ahead and add insult to injury - the state of Kentucky is also in the top 5 least educated, unhealthiest, and poorest states in the country, but apparently there is money in the bank to dish out to Jesus-Freak National Park.

  • ElayneB

    I’m sure they Duggers will visit yearly. So that’s at least twenty tickets.

  • ShitMcFuckensteinAVC

    It might make money. This place sounds like a hipster-irony magnet.

    • ElayneB

      One of the funniest things I have ever read was PJ O’Rourke’s Holidays in Hell-the chapter on his stay at Jerry Falwell’s Heritage USA. I still laugh thinking about it.

  • I hate these people. I really, really do.

    Republican = evil hypocritical heartless ignoramuses

    • MrDHalen

      Did Darwin have a theory on devolution? I swear I am watching the devolution of man when I hear right-wingers talk.

  • Ned F

    Mind numbing. But hey, the park will provide hundreds, well maybe dozens, of good paying jobs!

    • Jobs for Republicans only since no self-respecting Liberal would be caught dead in such a place.

  • holyreality

    Teabagger code for spending denotes people they do not like benefit from their confiscated wealth.

    X-tian Amerikkka OTOH is about hard-working folk who want to spread the gospel, The Ark Encounter is just one “good” project in a sea of socialist liberal programs.

    Big difference there.

  • Were the Kentucky populace better educated, the legislature couldn’t get away with granting the park such tax breaks.

  • TimEldred

    The hypocrisy is stunning. If it were “Atheist Funland and Darwin Splash” getting that much gov’t support, the entire Kentucky state capital would now be under London-riot conditions.

    • JMAshby

      “Atheist Funland and Darwin Splash”

      Still laughing.

      • TimEldred

        Here’s another one: Mickey Mohammad & Qadafi Duck’s Happystan Island. That shit wouldn’t even get to the floor of the state congress.

        Bob, Chez, looking for more material for the ‘cast? How’bout a regular feature titled “How the Fuck is This Legal??” You’ll never go dry.