With most of the Republican party opposing the crap sandwich that is now the law known as the Great Fiscal Suicide Act of 2009 (aka “stimulus”), there’s criticism – somewhat deservedly – being thrown at those same R’s, telling them that if they’re so opposed to the President’s massive spending bill, don’t take the money.
Basically, nut up or shut up.
The former appears to be what Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Governor and the Ghost of Reagan Future, might be prepared to do. Or, if he doesn’t turn it down outright, he might turn down some of it.
So sayeth everyone’s favourite future [place year here] Presidential candidate…
“We’ll have to review each program, each new dollar to make sure that we understand what are the conditions, what are the strings and see whether it’s beneficial for Louisiana to use those dollars.”
I’m torn. As much as I think this crap sandwich is a colossal mistake, we’re going to be paying for it regardless of if our state takes the money or not. We’re still going to take on the additional $2 TRILLION deficit. If the government is giving out the money, and your state turns it down, another state is going to get it but you’ll still be paying for your share.
On the other hand, Bobby Jindal is giving the response to President Obama’s address to the joint session next week. If he uses that address to tell the President, “thanks but no thanks,” and then lays out what he’s going to do in his state instead, and encourages other states to read the fine print and do the same, it would said up an incredibly interesting debate. Frankly, a debate I think we as a country needs to have.
And here I thought Shawn Michaels vs. the Undertaker was going to be the smackdown I was most looking forward to.
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