Wednesday, February 18, 2009

GOP Governors Consider Turning Down Stimulus Money

If only the headline to this AP article was true. Or rather, if only it removed the word "consider". Then Oklahoma with its Democratic governor would get a larger slice of the pie and poor people in neighboring Texas would get fewer unemployment benefits, jobs and tax cuts, as well as contraceptives and monument sodding, I guess.


Jacob said...

Texas Gov. Rick Perry: "We need the freedom to pick and choose. And we need the freedom to say 'No thanks.'"

So, the line-item veto is unconstitutional for the president, but we're going to let governors swing it around?

I think Governor Sanford's the only one committed to this enough to actually deny all the funding, on principle, without knowing that his legislature will accept it anyway. I think it's because he's always been profile-happy and probably is jealous that Jindal and Palin are the governors with the most exposure now.

Frankly, letting state legislatures (which are historically crazy) have anything to do with this process was ridiculous.

GrooveAuthority said...

To me, this ultimately seems like a "look at me" grab. I'm pretty sure Arizona will have no problems taking stimulus money. Mostly because we're so hard up, we can use every penny we can get...