Thursday, February 5, 2009

Political Opportunism: GOP Governors fight stimulus, but will they take the $?


In a statement coordinated by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who chairs the Republican Governors Association, Sanford, Barbour, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took a hard line against what they termed debt-increasing measures in the proposed economic recovery bill.

Sarah Palin:

"My fear is that, as written, we are only pouring more dollars into federal programs that will become unfunded mandates for states to continue funding for generations. None of us can afford that."

Gov. Bobby Jindal:

"I am seriously concerned by the large amount of debt being created by this legislation that will be passed down to our children and our grandchildren."

Gov. Mark Sanford:

"This stimulus package is a mistake for whole host of reasons. It piles debt on top of debt and much of the contemplated spending is not stimulative in nature. If history is any guide, this package will serve to prolong and deepen this economic slowdown, and will bury future generations under an even greater mountain of debt."

This is an easy call for Republican governors. They gain nothing by supporting the stimulus. But they'll get the $ other Governors like Charlie Crist and Jim Douglas have risked political fire for. We'll be watching....