Wednesday, July 15, 2009

They want to have their cake…

…and hate it too. Dan Nowicki at the AZ/DC Blog...
Kyl maintains this year's stimulus law isn't working as advertised and argues that taxpayers shouldn't have to stay on the hook for money that hasn't been spent or won't be spent until years from now.

On Monday, four Obama Cabinet secretaries sent letters to Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer asking if she, too, wanted to shut off the spigot of federal stimulus cash.

“I believe the stimulus has been very effective in creating job opportunities throughout the country,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wrote to Brewer. “However, if you prefer to forfeit the money we are making available to the state, as Senator Kyl suggests, please let me know.”

McCain shot back on Tuesday: “I strongly support the comments of Senator Kyl and call on the administration to retract its threat against the citizens of Arizona."
Let's see, Kyl says "Don't spend it." LaHood asks the Governor "Whattaya think?" McCain calls the question a threat.

Of course, there was no threat in the administration's question, just a question. The Governor, of course, opted to keep the cash. That means one of two things is true - either the stimulus money is doing some good, meaning Kyl and McCain are lying, or the Republican leadership of Arizona is unanimously standing behind pouring taxpayer's money down a sinkhole, at least as long as the sinkhole in question is in Arizona.

Or, perhaps, the Republican leadership of Arizona is simply hypocritical.

Yeah, I know. That's redundant.

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Anonymous Terry Parkhurst said...

Politics does indeed become pretty silly, from time to time.

The late David Brinkley once said that Washington D.C. was filled with people who thought they were doing a lot of important things; when in fact, they were not.

Methinks that Senators Kyl and McCain simply wanted to put forth the impression that they were indeed being important, rather than irrelevant.

If the Republican party has a plan to ensure that the United States doesn't follow the other so-called once "great powers" down the path of fiscal insolvency, those of us struggling to survive, around the country are eager to hear it. But right now, the silence is deafening on that one.

11:52 PM  

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