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Republican Governors Should Accept Stimulus Money
Refusing Federal Aid Would Be The Peak Of Irresponsibility
Imagine this scenario. There are 50 states in our great nation. The governors of Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alaska, South Carolina and Idaho are all concerned about whether they should accept economic stimulus money from the Obama Administration. Coincidentally, Obama is a Democrat, the only members of the House who voted in favor of this legislation are Democrats, and only three Republican Senators voted in favor of the bill. Now factor in the detail that all of the aforementioned governors are Republican.
Keeping all these details in mind, do you buy the fact that these Republican governors are not putting their own ideologies over the needs of the constituents they serve?
It must be stressed that as of this moment, none of the governors have actually rejected the funds, but all six are said to be considering it, for a variety of reasons. In political parlance, this is called a trial balloon. Politicians float a trial balloon to see what the public response is, and then make a decision.
I am quite sure that there are many people in the states of Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alaska, South Carolina and Idaho who cheered when Congress passed this important legislation, because one thing has become abundantly clear that people in every state of our country are suffering because of the poor economy former President Bush turned over to President Obama.
Imagine being someone who lives in one of those six states who is about to lose their home because they are unemployed, and their governor decides he doesn't want to accept these funds. You might be upset, if you were such a person.
I believe these governors need to hear from their citizens. In order to help facilitate that process, I have gone to all six of the states' websites and found contact information for each governor's office. If you do decide to write to your governor, I would be most pleased if you could send a copy of it to me as a comment, so we can help spread the word about this before these governors make a huge mistake.
It should be noted that as I continue to research this issue, I have found that the governor of Idaho has actually issued an executive order on the process that his state agencies must do in order to request funds from this bill.
Texas Governor Rick Perry
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour
Idaho Governor C.L. Butch Otter
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford
Here's An Interesting Angle
I'm still reveling in the afterglow of the Obama inauguration, so I hope you'll excuse me if I'm not thinking too much about the 2012 Presidential Election. Add to that the fact that I already know who I will be supporting in four years, I did not immediately recognize that each of these Governors are being touted in GOP circles as potential Presidential candidates. That, in and of itself, may not seem like a smoking gun, but here's something else I've learned.
It seems that Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), anticipating that his Governor would refuse to accept bailout funds, included in the stimulus legislation a provision that would allow state legislatures to override any decision made by a governor not to accept bailout funds. So now Sanford & Company can all grand stand against this law, based on fiscal irresponsibility (solidifying themselves as conservatives, which will certain endear them to the Republican base), and at the same time know that the state Legislatures will rise to the occasion and accept the funds, even if they may be holding their noses as they vote. Talk about having your cake and eating it too!
Of course, if it does come to pass that all six of these governors refuse to accept the funds, and then any one of them (or all of them) do wind up running for President in 4 years, they will have to explain to the voters of not just their state but all 50 states why they put their own political ideologies and Presidential ambitions ahead of the working men and women who would benefit most from this legislation.
I suppose that when a piece of Legislation costs nearly 800 billion, there's bound to be plenty of political intrigue contained within it. Stay tuned to this one.....I'm betting I'll have more to write about soon!