Don’t like the “Stimulus” Bill? Call your Governor and tell them to Send the Money Back, as I mentioned HERE on Valentine’s Day.
Start the phone banks again. Blog it, Fax it, Phone it, Tweet it, E-mail it. Let your Governor know. Let your mayor know. Let your City Councilmen and State Representatives know.
Do NOT spend this money. Do NOT accept this money. Send this money back to the Federal Government, now. Yes, I know there’s a provision that the states can’t refuse the Stimulus money. So what? What are they going to do; send the 101st Airborne to secure the state of Texas and force Governor Perry to spend it?
I’d like to see them try.
Will everyone do it? Nope, probably not. Will some of them do it? Oh yeah, if we put the pressure on them. A lot of the Red State Governors will. Sarah Palin will, I bet.
Well, it appears I was being prescient, as either somebody was listening, or great minds think alike. Either way is fine with me, as it appears there’s a movement underway to do just that:
A handful of 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 record foreclosures and soaring unemployment.
Though none has outright rejected the money available for education, health care and infrastructure, the governors of Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alaska, South Carolina and Idaho have all questioned whether the $787 billion bill signed into law this week will even help the economy.
“My concern is there’s going to be commitments attached to it that are a mile long,” said Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who considered rejecting some of the money but decided Wednesday to accept it. “We need the freedom to pick and choose. And we need the freedom to say ‘No thanks.’ ”
In fact, governors who reject some of the stimulus aid may find themselves overridden by their own legislatures because of language Clyburn included in the bill that allows lawmakers to accept the federal money even if their governors object.
He inserted the provision based on the early and vocal opposition to the stimulus plan by South Carolina’s Republican governor, Mark Sanford.
But it also means governors like Sanford and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal — a GOP up-and-comer often mentioned as a potential 2012 presidential candidate — can burnish their conservative credentials, knowing all the while that their legislatures can accept the money anyway.
Jindal said he, like Perry and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, is concerned about strings attached to the money even though his state faces a $1.7 billion budget shortfall next year.
U.S. News & World Report has also noted the movement, citing a New York Times article:
But some of the most influential Republican governors—including those most likely to run for president in three years—opposed the package. Glaringly absent from the Times piece were governors like South Carolina’s Mark Sanford, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Mississippi’s Haley Barbour and Alaska’s Sarah Palin—all governors recently named in the Washington Post’s excellent “The Fix” column as being among the five most influential and powerful voices in the Republican Party. None of these sitting governors liked the stimulus package.
Palin released a statement saying that spending in the bill had ballooned and included programs that didn’t respond to the problem at hand. “You’re going to have the Chinese and other foreign governments buying up more U.S. debt,” a Palin spokesman warned. Whether Alaska will take the money remains unclear.
Barbour opposed the bill and has said he was not sure if his state would accept the stimulus money. Jindal, a former House member, has said that he would have voted against the bill and is also unsure whether his state will take the federal bucks. Sanford opposed the bill (it will “hurt, not help” people) and has said his state will refuse the money.
It’s still not too late. Blog it, Fax it, Phone it, Tweet it, E-mail it. Let your Governor know. Let your mayor know. Let your City Councilmen and State Representatives know.
Send the freakin’ money BACK. Don’t take it. Don’t accept it. Draw the line in the sand, here and now.