It never ceases to amaze me how much being a popular republican politician is dependent on the rejection of basic common sense:
A half-dozen Republican governors are considering turning down some money from the federal stimulus package, a move opponents say puts conservative ideology ahead of the needs of constituents struggling with foreclosures and unemployment.
Though none has outright rejected the money available for education, healthcare, and infrastructure, the governors of Alaska, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas have all questioned whether the $787 billion bill signed into law this week will help the economy.
Its sad that the people being harmed the most by this poor economy will have to suffer because a couple of jackass governors plan on running for president in 2012.
Oh yes, I know that’s not the “real” reason these governors are rejecting this aid. They’d never admit that they make major life and death decisions based on politics but trust me when I say it isn’t a coincidence that most of the major contenders for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2012 turned down this aid.
But hey, its just money. A lot of money…and jobs:
Say that all six governors—we’re talking Texas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Alaska, Idaho, and Louisiana—rejected the stimulus outright. They would be saying “no” to a collective 424,000 jobs, according to White House estimates. They’d also be sniffing at a total of $3.8 billion for highways and bridges, $559 million for public transit, and $1.5 billion for education. And that’s not including state-specific projects like Louisiana’s $460 million for flood protection efforts, which include building locks and dams as well as coastal restoration. All told, they would be rejecting an estimated $69 billion.
This my friends, is almost as stupid as denying evolution.