So with the money from the stimulus package being divided up and offered to the state governors many Republican governors have been vocal in their
opposition to the stimulus bill, many of them publically claimihng they will not accept the bail out money... some merely being critical repeating the
claim that "throwing money to states is pointless and a waste". This all comes down to the typical republican conservative principals, "government
is the problem" "down with communists!" etc.
I mean I do feel somewhat for many of the republican governors as many of them to depend on the votes from conservatives in their states, but then its
one thing to announce in public your refusal and utter "disgust" of this "socialist package" but then behind close doors accept it. Thats right
folks, many of these governors have now either accepted stimulus money or are on the road to accepting it.
Considering only 3 republicans supported the bill with the democrats I was under the impression that those vocal GOP governors would be so sure not to
accept it after their vocal protests! right?
But despite the protests, the governors will almost certainly wind up taking the money anyway, just as states do with federal aid all the time.
Some of the states whose governors have been the loudest voices against the stimulus cash already benefit heavily from federal spending or from
lucrative private use of federal land for oil. So perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that Texas Gov. Rick Perry decided Thursday to accept the $17
billion his state has coming to it, after days of hemming and hawing about the handout. South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who wrote an article for the
Wall Street Journal Op-Ed page in November titled "Don't Bail Out My State," did the same.
Recently one of the most vocal governors against the stimulus bill, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisianna, is now trying to nit pick parts of the
stimulus.... now willing to accept parts
of the stimulus money and refusing the other parts. Now in my world I would assume one being vocal
against this would be well... against it... not partially against it.
Yep, apparently the Lousiana governor is accepting the money... well he'll accept "parts" of it by rejecting the "unemployment money" and what
not. Im sorry but I assume that you either accept the money or reject it?
What does moodys have to say abput that part "excluded" by the package?
"Extending unemployment benefits is among the most effective stimulus measures, according to an analysis by Moody's Economy.com. $1.63 for
2012 Jindal! Just like your fellow republicans, its just a show for you and your voters. Its hypocrisy at its best, but what about the other
Gov. Butch Otter, Idaho said regarding the $1 billion bail out money for his state,"If I were in Congress and I looked at it, someone would have
to be more convincing than they have been and I probably would say no."
and yet upon accepting the money he stated ""It will take a lot of
work to get our arms around all the implications of this law. We need to make sure safeguards are in place and that every i is dotted and t is
crossed. This is taxpayer money, and all of us are committed to seeing it used."
Gov. Mark Sanford, South Carolina
, another very vocal "fiscal conservative
"Being against it doesn't preclude taking the money."
And heres my favourite Gov. Rick Perry, Texas
, what he did say prior?
We're asking other governors from both sides of the political aisle to join with us in opposing
But wait! Didnt he accept that $16 billion for texas?
"On behalf of the people of Texas, please allow this letter to certify that we will accept the funds"
[edit on 24-2-2009 by Southern Guardian]