Sunday, February 22, 2009
Schwartzenegger Offers To Take Other GOP Gov's Money
Several Republican governors are threatening to reject all or part of the stimulus money earmarked for their states on principle. Because they don't support the program.
But the governor of cash strapped California says, don't worry. He'll be happy to take that money off his fellow Republican governor's hands.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, in an interview with Politico, says if they don't want the millions of dollars in federal government largess, he can use it to stimulate the economy in his state.
Schwarzenegger is, if nothing else, a pragmatist. If you are a governor or a mayor, it doesn't really matter if you believe the stimulus package will reverse the current economic downturn. You need that money to keep your local or state government afloat.
Turning it down on a matter of principle is shooting yourself in the foot. Of course, many of the governors who are threatening to say thanks but no thanks to Washington will, in the end, not only take the money but will try to use their public stance to help launch their runs for the Republican nomination for president. Especially if they are right and the economy hasn't begun recovery until then.
This is the kind of partisan hedge betting that the nation really doesn't need right now. But it should come as no surprise, given the way the vote on the stimulus package pretty much followed party lines.
The veracity of members of Congress who debated and then voted on the bill would have been better had more Democrats voted no and more Republicans yes. But then, I guess the concept of putting country before party, even in times of dire economic crisis, hasn't taken hold on Capitol Hill.
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