Monday, February 23, 2009

Common sense

A handful of Republican governors are saying they might turn down some of the stimulus money targeted toward their states because they question the program's ability to revive the economy. Enter California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who seems to think his fellow GOP leaders are crazy. Schwarzenegger, displaying a pragmatism missing in the posturing ideologues who want to spurn the money, says California would be more than willing to take their share. The governors who are railing against the stimulus plan are just following the lead of members of Congress - from both parties. As I recall, the stimulus bill passed the House on a strictly party-line vote, and in the Senate, only three Republicans crossed over to support the measure. It boggles the mind to think that no Democrats would oppose the legislation and that virtually no Republicans would see it as beneficial. This lock-step brand of governance is asinine, on the parts of both political parties, and we Americans should be both ashamed and angry about the quality of representation we're receiving.



Blogger Ellipses said...

What's worse... the lock-step voting in congress colors the governors' inclination to decline the money... Are they, in fact, all republican governors?

The reasons cited in the press about why they would decline some of the funds were reasonable. The argument was that some of the funding would increase the state's liability to fund certain initiatives and that when the stimulus money went away, their state would be left holding the bag.

I wonder if they based their ability to pay after the stimulus money ran out on current revenues or projected revenues... and if they were projected, what growth rate did they account for?

If the stimulus works in not only jumpstarting the economy, but sending it on a path of steady growth for the next few years, I wonder if someone will retroactively apply those numbers to what these states turned down.

So, did they turn them down to align themselves with their congressional counterparts?
Was the cited reason for turning it down legitimate?
Will someone do a comparison of these states' economies post-stimulus to determine if the decision was correct?

February 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I recall, the stimulus bill passed the House on a strictly party-line vote,


Not quite right. House had seven Democrats voting "no," one "present."

February 24, 2009 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Brant said...

Thanks for the info. I was referring mainly to the fact that not a single Republican crossed the aisle to vote for the package in the House, but you have to admire those Democrats for saying, "Hey, just because the president is from my party, I'm not going to vote for something I oppose."

February 24, 2009 at 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The govenors realize the stipulations on the money override any value. Obama wants big government. He is a socialist. plain and simple.
bn is a d

March 1, 2009 at 1:46 PM  

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