Blogs » Politcs Plus » The GOP says the stimulus package won't work....So will their states take the money?


Only four of the 22 republican governors were in support of the stimulus bill that just passed.  It will be interesting to see how many of them will accept the  monies to repair their own  state’s infrastructure, extend unemployment benefits, keep from cutting needed services, retain the local and state civil employees,( including firemen and policemen) because states are required to have a balanced budget.  That includes California.. Or will they raise property taxes?

Governors Mark Sanford, Rick Perry, Haley Barbour, and Bobby Jindal are saying they will have to look at it, before accepting any money.  I don’t think they’ll give the ink a chance to dry before they accept the money. Why the charade? Stand up for principal.

Kit Bond(R-MO) is bragging about his role in introducing an amendment to provide needy families affordable housing.  Missouri will get a big chunk of the two billion dollars that was allocated to this.  Did he forget he voted against the stimulus bill?  Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) justified his position by telling Rachel Maddow “If you buy the pizza, it’s OK if you have a slice.”

Mitch McConnell told the New York Times and the Congressional Quarterly “A bill that was meant to be timely, targeted and temporary has instead become a Trojan horse for pet projects and expanded government”but most of the republican senators voted for Senator DeMint's proposal for a provision to make the Bush’s 2001 & 2003 tax cuts permanent…Temporary? Targeted? The GOP is not exactly consistent..Maybe it’s the reason RNC chairman Michael Steele said “The American public has no reason to believe us.”

Unlike the house representatives, senators and governors, represent a state so they cannot afford the luxury of partisan politics, unless they are from a southern state.

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