Democrat Governors Rejecting the Stimulus

by Sal on February 25, 2009

in Economy,Politics

Liberals are liberals, no matter where they are.  Yet, there has always been a divide between Democrat liberals in Washington, and Democrats who run the various states as Governors.  This dynamic goes beyond liberals.  Conservative Governors also tend to have a completely different perspective than Republicans in Washington.  This is primarily due to the fact Governors are directly responsible for what happens in their states, have no leeway to run huge budget deficits, and tend to be very pragmatic. Governors, especially in the Democrat party, are also less beholden to liberal special interests (for example, you are much more likely to find a pro-life Democrat Governor than a practical pro-life Democrat Senator;  once a Democrat joins the Senate, they essentially sell their souls).

Sen. Chuck Schumer and others have criticized Republican Governors such as Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin, and Mark Stanford for refusing to accept some of the stimulus money.  Yet now, two Democrat Governors have joined the Republicans in deciding not to accept some stimulus moneyGov. Phil Bredesen (D-TN) and Gov. John Lynch (D-NH) are planning to refuse some of the stimulus money, as they do not want to end up with federal mandates for which there is no money down the line.  While not opposing the stimulus or their new President, these Governors are being pragmatic in looking out for the interests of their state, and realizing that some stimulus provisions are not in their state’s interest.  This should provide an easy talking point for Republicans when faced with this question by the press.  It also illustrates the complete uselessness of provisions in the bill, when even big-government liberal governors can’t stomach some of the provisions.

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