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Republican Governors Should Accept Stimulus Money

Updated on October 9, 2011

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

Office of the Governor     P.O. Box 12428, Austin, Texas 78711     Phone: (512) 463-2000                               Fax:(512) 463-1849
Office of the Governor P.O. Box 12428, Austin, Texas 78711 Phone: (512) 463-2000 Fax:(512) 463-1849

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour

P.O. Box 139 | Jackson, MS 39205 | Phone: 601.359.3150 | Fax: 601.359.3741
P.O. Box 139 | Jackson, MS 39205 | Phone: 601.359.3150 | Fax: 601.359.3741

Idaho Governor C.L. Butch Otter

Office of the Governor   |   P.O. Box 83720 Boise, Idaho 83720 208-334-2100
Office of the Governor | P.O. Box 83720 Boise, Idaho 83720 208-334-2100

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

Alaska State Capitol Building  Third Floor    Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 110001  Juneau, AK 99811-0001    Telephone Inquiries:  Phone (907) 465-3500  Fax (907) 465-3532
Alaska State Capitol Building Third Floor Mailing Address: P.O. Box 110001 Juneau, AK 99811-0001 Telephone Inquiries: Phone (907) 465-3500 Fax (907) 465-3532

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

Office of the Governor PO Box 94004, Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Office of the Governor PO Box 94004, Baton Rouge, LA 70804

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford

Governor Mark Sanford  Office of the Governor  P.O. Box 12267  Columbia, SC 29211  Fax: 803-734-5167     You may also contact the Governor's Office at 803-734-2100. Scheduling requests should be made in writing to the above address or fax number.
Governor Mark Sanford Office of the Governor P.O. Box 12267 Columbia, SC 29211 Fax: 803-734-5167 You may also contact the Governor's Office at 803-734-2100. Scheduling requests should be made in writing to the above address or fax number.

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!

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    • crashcromwell profile imageAUTHOR

      crashcromwell 

      9 years ago from Florida

      When I worked in government, we used to speak of state and federal partnerships. This was a good thing. You, Mr. Texan, a God-fearing Republican conservative from the looks of things, should be pleased if your governor tried to get back some of the tax dollars that the citizens of your state (who are doing so well, so I assume they must be paying lots of taxes) and bring them back into the state of Texas. If Texas doesn't take the money, you can bet it will go somewhere else, so then you Texans who are doing so well will be subsidizing others who are not doing so well....wait a minute....isn't that redistribution of resources called socialism? I see! You want to institute a socialist state in Texas!

      I also find it interesting that after two illigitimate terms in the White House under Boy George and his Merry Band of Neocons that you would think of referring to the legitimately elected President who occupies the White House a fraud.

      Jim Henry

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      A Texan 

      9 years ago

      Someone said that these Governors need to fix the economic mess their States are in, I don't know about the others but Texas is not in a financial mess! We are doing just fine, and we did not as a state vote for the fraud that lives in the white house!

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      theguru-reports 

      9 years ago from Montana

      Its now 4 months later after the American Snowe-Specter-Collins bailout bill was passed.  The economy is shedding jobs at an even faster rate.  We have spent more money in 120 days under Obama than it cost to fight the war in Iraq. 

      Running the printing press will not get us out of this hole.  These Governors have a responsibility to their citizens.  They understand debt is bad.  They exercised proper state control and turned back the future unfunded programs the Federal Government attempted to cram down their throat. Too bad our President and the democrats in Congress don't get that.  

      The Maine Senators and the Senator from Pennsylvania sold out not only their party, but all the citizens in the United States.  The chickens will come home to roost in 2010.  The Tea Party's of '09 will become the dominant voice of '10.

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      fishskinfreak2008 

      9 years ago from Fremont CA

      I covered this headline too (from numerous sources). THESE REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS SHOULD BE MORE CONCERNED WITH GETTING THEIR STATES OUT OF ECONOMIC MESSES WHICH HAS SHORT-TERM IMPLICATIONS INSTEAD OF SCREAMING ABOUT THE DEFICIT WHICH CAN BE FIXED LATER ON. Great ideas. Thumbs up

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      Magill 

      9 years ago

      No, she didn't, Crash. What I was referring to was that there was an advert, with her photo, for her site, or something, placed between your first and second picture of the Govs. After reading your piece and scrolling down and seeing Ann I thought for a moment that it might be an ambush.

    • crashcromwell profile imageAUTHOR

      crashcromwell 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the comment Magill. Did Coulter have something to say about me or this article? I just visited her website and couldn't find anything there.

      Jim

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      Magill 

      9 years ago

      Isn't the structure of Hub Pages interesting in that Ann Coulter can 'piggy-back' on your article. It's a bit like if you were a firefighter and you gave rides to arsonists on your fire-tender.

      Good luck with your efforts

    • crashcromwell profile imageAUTHOR

      crashcromwell 

      9 years ago from Florida

      I think it depends upon where you live regarding house costs. Where I live in the northeast, prices are down a bit, but not too bad. Down in Florida, I've seen bank-owned homes that are virtually ready to move in for 20-40 grand. That's driving prices down across the board, because if people know they can get a three or four bedroom home for $30,000, even if they have to put another 30 into it, that's still a bargain.

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      Gary Anderson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Barbour and Palin are idiots whether they accept this money or not. Having said that, we have a major deflation happening that could accelerate. Government spending may help. However, house prices are too expensive, so any slowing of their decline is probably going to freeze the housing market. So then, money needs to be spent but house prices need to decline. This is the mother of all conundrums!

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