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Republican Governors Press for Passage of Stimulus Package

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Posted on Jan 31, 2009
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He’s on board: Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, the Republican vice chairman of the National Governors Association, is one of the GOP governors to throw in with President Obama’s stimulus plan.

Despite the lack of support for President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan among Republican Congress members last week, several GOP governors are supporting the proposed package, although some, like South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, are still putting up a fight.

AP via Google News:

Clyde Frazier, a professor of political science at Meredith College in North Carolina, said it wasn’t politically inconsistent for Republican governors and members of Congress to part ways on the stimulus plan.

“For governors, it’s free money — they get the benefits and they don’t have to pay the costs of raising the revenues,” Frazier said. “Senators and representatives get only some credit for the expenditures, and they have to pay the bill.”

That’s not to say Republican governors are entirely enthusiastic about the plan. Some worry about the debt incurred through so much federal borrowing.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a former member of the House, said he would accept the stimulus money but would have voted against the bill if he were still in Congress. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, said he wasn’t sure whether he would accept the approximately $3 billion his state would be in line for.

“Yes, we need some help and we appreciate the help,” Barbour said in an interview. “But I don’t know about the details and the strings attached to tell you if I’ll take all of it or not.”

The most outspoken critic has been South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who has warned for months of a steep spike in inflation and a severely weakened dollar if Obama’s plan passed. His state is on track to receive $2.1 billion of the stimulus money; Sanford has not yet said whether he would accept it.

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By Dr. Know, February 2, 2009 at 10:43 pm Link to this comment

Well, early indications show that Obama is facing resistances from many fronts to his promised changes. And those naively inexperienced Americans who voted for him are and will be disappointed. First of all, Obama is a slick talking politician/actor who promised everything and to everyone just to get elected. Now that he is elected, we are seeing that some of his theories and what he is practicing are hypocritically short coming. Secondly, this is not a perfect or political corrected world and human nature is not all good. In matter of fact, human and nations are more in competition with each other like “dog-eat-dog.” There are some in the USA, especially right-wingers such as Rush Limbaugh(American rightwing master propagandist) who wished Obama would fail in his endeavor for change. Thirdly and most significantly, the United States has a wickedly corrupted system, manipulated by the machiavellian few individuals of wealth and power who are represented by their hired agents supported thur thought controlling(political corrected) institutions that governs over, for the most, an ignorant, divided, go-along-to-get-along populace of cheap-talking liars and stupidly weak fools where “war is peace, ignorance is strength, freedom is slavery*”. I’m afraid Obama, no matter how sincere, moral and valiant he may be, will not able to overcome those listed predicaments. So, no he can’t.

Faithlessly and hopelessly yours,

Dr. Know
public intellectual

<<$atan Rulz: this life is made for suckas>>

*George Orwell - British author/political philosopher

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By Louise, February 1, 2009 at 9:55 am Link to this comment

In the eight years the Bush administration controlled the government, systematic acts of collusion, theft, deceit and looting were the rules governing all decisions related to the American consumer.

But Bush and his administration did not act alone. They had willing and eager assistance from the majority of the Republicans in Congress and the majority of Republican Governors across the land. And as reprehensible as that is, they weren’t the only allies they had in their march to destroy our system of free enterprise and working to get ahead. Alan Greenspan leading the FED, created and delivered policy that could only lead to one end. A complete collapse of the value of the dollar.

Greenspan didn’t realize, [ wink ] and now those governors are screaming for help!

Unless or until they stand accountable for a policy of greed, deception and destroying the principles of a democratic republic, the natural inclination is to respond, you made your bed, sleep in it! But we cant do that, because most of their victims are just that. Victims. And the victims are the ones who suffer from a decades old policy on the part of the Republican Party to destroy our government!

It didn’t begin with Reagan. It didn’t even begin with Nixon. The Republican Party has been consciously, and deliberately dedicated to destroying any and all rescue programs created by Roosevelt, since they were created! The one bright spot they have is Ike. And he warned us what they were about, but we forgot, or didn’t understand.

Think about it. In the decades since the Great Depression of the Twentieth Century the Republicans have had six presidents! And when history records the truth, only one will stand out as having a legacy that improved life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for the working American. And it wont be Reagan!

So we will wait and see if the Republicans left in Congress can finally understand what they have done. And we will wait and see if the Republican Governors will get the help they need. But more important we will wait and see if they can ALL understand what THEY have done. We wont wait for Bush to understand, we all know “understand” is not in his vocabulary!

Sticking it to the bankers:

Why Elliot Spitzer was assassinated:

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By hippy pam, February 1, 2009 at 7:58 am Link to this comment

Repugs got us into this mess…now they drag their feet and stop President Obama from trying to fix their mess….We need a one-party system….The best qualified people run and the most votes gets it….and if they don’t produce what the people hired them for?....THEY GET FIRED….

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