This would send a powerful message.
A message that would be accepted and welcomed by more people than you think. In this time of greed and payoffs, this is refreshing. Seeing some Politicians actually going against the flow. Actually seeing some Politicians stand on principle. I hope this is a trend that we will see nation wide. I doubt it, but I would love to see it.
According to the AP - GOP governors consider turning down stimulus money
BATON ROUGE, La. – A handful of Republican governors are considering turning down some money from the federal stimulus package, a move opponents say puts conservative ideology ahead of the needs of constituents struggling with record foreclosures and soaring unemployment.
No it really doesn't. What it says is that they believe that you can not get out of debt, by incurring MORE debt. It says that they recognize what this Law actually is. If they take this money, then they HAVE to follow the rules laid down by the Federal Government, rather than making the choices that the STATES have a RIGHT to make. It is showing GREAT strength, and morals.
Though none has outright rejected the money available for education, health care and infrastructure, the governors of Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alaska, South Carolina and Idaho have all questioned whether the $787 billion bill signed into law this week will even help the economy.
It won't. It WILL be desasterous in the long run.
"My concern is there's going to be commitments attached to it that are a mile long," said Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who considered rejecting some of the money but decided Wednesday to accept it. "We need the freedom to pick and choose. And we need the freedom to say 'No thanks.'"
U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the No. 3 House Democrat, said the governors — some of whom are said to be eyeing White House bids in 2012 — are putting their own interests first.
"No community or constituent should be denied recovery assistance due to their governor's political ideology or political aspirations," Clyburn said Wednesday.
In fact, governors who reject some of the stimulus aid may find themselves overridden by their own legislatures because of language Clyburn included in the bill that allows lawmakers to accept the federal money even if their governors object.
All about power and control folks. Power and Control.
He inserted the provision based on the early and vocal opposition to the stimulus plan by South Carolina's Republican governor, Mark Sanford. But it also means governors like Sanford and Louisiana's Bobby Jindal — a GOP up-and-comer often mentioned as a potential 2012 presidential candidate — can burnish their conservative credentials, knowing all the while that their legislatures can accept the money anyway.
Which is how it will be portrayed. But that's OK. When this fails, and it will, I hope the Left continue to take all the credit. I hope that they block out ALL Republicans. Well, except for the three that actually voted for it. They just need to be thrown out of office when they are up for re-election.
Jindal said he, like Perry and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, is concerned about strings attached to the money even though his state faces a $1.7 billion budget shortfall next year.
Barbour spokesman Dan Turner, for example, cited concerns that accepting unemployment money from the stimulus package would force states to pay benefits to people who wouldn't meet state requirements to receive them.
Why do we have a Constitution? One of the reasons is to keep the States FREE from the Federal Government. One of the things that this new Law is attempting to do away with. Make no mistake about it.
In Idaho, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said he wasn't interested in stimulus money that would expand programs and boost the state's costs in future years when the federal dollars disappear — a worry also cited by Jindal and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
A spokesman said Sanford, the new head of the Republican Governors Association, is looking at the stimulus bill to figure out how much of it he can control.
"We're going through a 1,200-page bill to determine what our options are," Spokesman Joel Sawyer said. "From there, we'll make decisions."
But state Democratic Party chairwoman Carol Fowler says Sanford's hesitation is driven by his political ambition rather than the best interests of a state that had the nation's third-highest unemployment rate in December.
"He's so ideological," Fowler said. "He would rather South Carolina do without jobs than take that money, and I think he's looking for a way not to take it."
No he sees what is going on. Obama and the Left are trying to destroy the opposition. To make it a Federal controlled, Centralized Controlling Government. The New USSA.
Not all Republican governors are reticent about using the federal cash.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist lobbied for the stimulus plan and Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has embraced it as he looks to close a $2.6 billion deficit in the state's budget this year. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has already figured the money into his state's budget.
It is sad for me to see Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who I like a lot, be either fooled into this Bunk, or actually think that this is a goods thing. But a lot of people will stand in line with their hands out for "Free Money." The only problem is. NOTHING is free.
Pearson Cross, a political scientist at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, said fiscally conservative governors may be able to give themselves political cover by turning down small portions of the stimulus money, like health care dollars requiring a state match, that they might not fully use anyway.
But in the end, he said, they will likely take most of the available money because their states need it so badly.
"Ideology usually takes second place for governors," he said. "And that's going to mean that most governors are going to go ahead and take the money even though they have misgivings about it."
Which means that they are sell outs. Which means that as soon as they do, they are then beholden to those giving them the money.
You can see what is going on here right? This is pretty Brilliant by the Socialists. If a Governor turns down this money, they have a really good chance of being ousted during the next election cycle, from those that want the "Free Money" and those that falsely believe that they lose their jobs because the Governor failed to take the funds.
However, if they do, they turn control over to the Federal Government. Control over Education, Healthcare, and a whole host of other things. Regardless of what their voters, in that State want. Regardless if they agree with the Socialistic agenda or not. Hence, the Governor will be voted out next election cycle when the PEOPLE finally see the huge failure and what this is actually all about.
If I were Governor? I would NOT take this money. I would not want my name anywhere on this. When it fails, and it will, and when people wake up and vote Obama and Crew out, you are going with them. Anyone that has anything to do with it will be out. I would not willingly become a participate in the Federal Take over of this country. I would not be a willing participant in turning this country into a Socialistic Dictatorship. If that means that I get voted out by the ignorant and the greedy, so be it.
With all these monumental things going on, one simplistic phrase just keeps popping into my mind. "There are no free rides. Everything has a price." You will either pay now, or you will pay much more later.
AP - GOP governors consider turning down stimulus money