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Will one GOP politician stand up for ‘principles’ and not take stimulus money?

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Originally published on on Fri, 02/20/2009 – 10:17am

We don’t expect “Republicans” and “principles” to normally be in the same sentence, but on the stimulus package, they are spreading their hypocrisy in ways even above their standards.

We have GOPers such as Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) and Rep. Don Young (R-AK) who fought hard against the stimulus package. While Bond and Young are the most famous, let’s not leave out Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ). This list is likely to grow significantly.

Bond could have taken the chance of voting for funding for his citizens, since he isn’t making himself available for re-election.

These are true hypocrites playing it down the middle: frowning with one side of their face and smiling with the other.

Then we have the GOP governors who are “debating” about whether to take the money. Those who live in Mississippi, Texas, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Alaska theoretically are being held hostage financially over whether the states will accept the federal aid. Ultimately, they will take the money (or the state legislatures will override any gubernatorial veto, thanks to a clause in the stimulus package). The hypocrisy kicks in when they do take the money, and they get to look “tough” while knowing the money will end up in their coffers.

Haley Barbour, Rick Perry, Mark Sanford, Bobby Jindal, and Sarah Palin aren’t just hypocritical GOP governors. They are also thinking ahead to 2012.

But let’s play out a scenario in, let’s say, South Carolina. Despite Lindsey Graham’s outward greed and hypocrisy, we imagine that Gov. Sanford says no and the legislature agrees with him.

What would South Carolina do? Congratulate its governor on having a higher deficit to overcome? Be thrilled that unemployment benefits will continue to be underfunded? Or would the citizens stand up and say, “Our governor took an unpopular stand and stood up for his principles.”

Would be fun to find out. But that would require a prominent Republican politician sticking to principles. And we know how often that happens.


Written by democracysoup

February 20, 2009 at 10:17 am

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