The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington think tank, reported this month that states used $158 billion in stimulus funds to balance their budgets for the last three fiscal years, to end June 30.
In other words, a massive chunk of the Obama 'Stimulus' package was used to keep dues flowing into the coffers of the states' public sector unions.
Those dues, in turn, were contributed to the campaign funds of Democrats who had passed the Stimulus package.
A more nefarious and disgusting misuse of taxpayer funds you'd be hard-pressed to imagine.
Late in 2010 President Obama went on the record (with The New York Times no less), admitting that there's no such thing as a 'shovel-ready project'.
In short, Democrats allowed states to kick the can down the road rather than to begin the necessary, painful steps of reining in spending. And now the piper must be paid.
Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life -- but that is precisely how Democrats behave, no matter how much experience, history, logic, facts and reason tell them otherwise.