The sham of republican senators "rejecting" stimulus money

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  1. D_Ireonsyd_Colonrinse

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    One of today's headlines reads:

    Palin to Obama on Stimulus: "Thanks, But No Thanks!"


    Sarah Palin announced today that her state of Alaska will only accept 55% of the stimulus money allotted her state.

    Republican governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina announced last week that his state may reject up to 25% of the stimulus money.

    GOP governors Rick Perry of Texas, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Haley Barbour of Mississippi have all have announced they will reject stimulus funds intended to expand state unemployment benefits.

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    This strikes me as political grandstanding and posturing (Palin and possibly Jindal are gearing up for 2012 presidential runs). Palin has decided to accept $514 million in stimulus funding for transporatation projects, $250 million for job training and The Alaska Vocational Training Center, sewer projects, public housing. Oh, and she wants the $116 million for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Research Vessel, "an ice-breaking ship that will support scientific research in arctic waters".

    In other words, she's picking and choosing which projects she wants, rejecting the projects she doesn't want (like it's a box of chocolates: "Ok, I'll take the caramels... and the english toffees... oh! but no coconut! Or vanilla creams! No soft centers!") --- and then GRANDSTANDING by saying she's rejecting federal money, telling reporters: "Our nation is already over $11 trillion in debt; we can't keep digging this hole!"



    Something smacks of political opportunism when you can "reject" 25% of the money (and accept 75%) like the South Carolina governor -- and then turn it into a marketing device for your republican constituents at election time. This is a sham because every republican can eventually get into the act. There's always something in the stimulus package a governor won't like -- which can therefore be showily "rejected"... saying he's bucking pork projects and wasteful spending.
     
  2. D_Ireonsyd_Colonrinse

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    I'm sorry... this thread title should read: The sham of republican governors rejecting stimulus money!

    My bad.
     
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    Politics as usual, my friend. The game never changes...only the players do.

    So long as the idea of career politics continues to exist, our governments will operate in this manner.
     
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    Unfortunately, Will, you're right. It's a sham. It's one more in the republican library of brainwashes for the sheeple they feed on. It's shameless, heartless, and only hurts constituents, but, hey, it might just help come election day.
     
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    Good for them. Reminds me of the farmers in the Midwest who got wiped out by floods shortly after Hurricane Katrina. Not a single demand, scream or bitch to the gov't for handouts. Jesse Jackson never showed up to speak for the farmers. Al Sharpton never did a single interview raising awareness for the loss and devastation for the thousands that were literally wiped out from the floods.

    Certain communities/people take pride in their own survival and existence. They aren't interested in handouts or welfare. They aren't interested in doling out cash. Its called personal responsibility. Its an idea, a theme, that is taboo in the Democratic Party.

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    Seems a little more responsible than just accepting all the money carpe blanche, huh?


    Its known as discretion.

    "I don't need lobster since somebody is loaning me money. I can do with a tuna sandwich"



    Or, "I don't need all that money, I know somebody else is paying for it. And we can make due with less."
     
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    Who, exactly, is feeding on who?

    Who is taking money? And who is rejecting it?

    If one is rejecting money, somehow you suggest that they are feeding on someone?

    Those that are inhaling the money...how do you characterize them?

    Funny, the glutton is okay, but those that kindly decline the handout are the feeders?

    Let me guess....Democrat?
     
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    To "reject" something means to not take it. If you take it, even a little of it, you're not rejecting it. No, if you're taking most and leaving some, it's called cherry picking.

    In this instance, the cherry picking is all for show. It's so they can snow over those less observant folks. "Hey, look, I'm rejecting money... mostly because it pays for things that don't fit my political agenda, but hey... i'm rejecting money. Look at me!!! Rejecting monay!"

    Funny how Pailin had no problem accepting sums just as large from Bush... In fact, in those days she was asking for MORE money from the feds. Oh, but that's water under the bridge and the sheeple don't care about that anymore, right?

    Oh, and in case you are wondering: I'm far too liberal to be a democrat.
     
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    Fine, star. Then we libs in California can do without that damned "faith-based" money. And loans to Indians in the stimulus! Every cent helps, right? - See? Now California is frugal also.

    One of the reasons Palin is grandstanding is: in 2 years under Palin, Alaska asked for $750 million in earmarks, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. Palin's most recent earmark requests included "federal dollars for improving recreational halibut fishing and studying the mating habits of crabs".

    I'm just guessing here, but I have a feeling you'd call that pork.
     
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    I do! :wink:
     
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    star, Sarah Palin telling reporters "Thanks, but no thanks!" sounds like gamesmanship - sounds precisely as cheap and opportunistic as that damn democratic congresswoman telling AIG executives: "The game is over. The casino is CLOSED!"


    Sanctimonious politicians playing political cards (like Maxine Waters or Michele Bachmann) to pander to their voting base.
     
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    eh, upload not working. Ignore
     
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    I am not a big fan of throwing money at a problem. This plan needs MUCH tighter reigns put on it. All that said and done, the phrases "cherry pickers" and "grandstanders" fits the bill perfectly. These douche bags are incredibly transparent.
     
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    So if a wealthy retiree endorses his social security check over to charity each month, he's 'grandstanding' and 'cherry picking?'

    He already gets military pension, pension from a university and investment income, but since he doesn't need the social security (gov't funds) he has some selfish agenda?

    Please tell me you have something better than this. You guys are reaching so hard you're going to tear a rotater cuff.
     
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    It's all complete bullshit. If these so-called Republicans were turning down stimulus money acting as if they were fiscally responsible, then they would have also rejected money offered by the previous administration. Ironically, a number of the Republican Senators that turned down "Obama's Stimulus", such as Louisiana Senator Bobby Jindal, accepted "Bush's Stimulus" beforehand. Gee, I wonder why??
     
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    Taken out of context, I would say you have taken this to new heights of douche baggery but you have not! Far better Repupublicans have come before you. So your a wealthy retiree (go figure)! You will be dead before any of this plays out anyway! As far as your children or grand children are concerned, what do you care! Your a Republican!
     
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    You know what douche pump? I was talking about Govenors, so clue me in to your agenda.
     
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    There is going to be a protest of Sarah's action in front of the state capitol tomorrow at noon. The legislature might be able to over ride her. She looks at what Obama is doing, and does the opposite.
     
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    dude.. i forgot who said it (Flashy?)... but it's true..... you still need to figure how to post a thread/comment.... some good commentary, but whatever it is you do, mixed with signatures/quotations/etc.... need a "thread 101" guideline.

     
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    That's often a "good" thing...
     
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