24 feb. 2009

The 'Governing' GOP Rebels

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell in Wasilla, Alaska on Friday. Palin is one of a handful of governors who have said they may join Idaho Gov. Butch Otter in turning down federal stimulus funds.

Six GOP governors have found a strategy to fight the Democratic administration dismissing the stimulus funds for their states. The idea is that now things are worse with income and employment and getting worst in the future they can say every day that this if the effect of federal spending, higher taxes for the super-richest people and bad government.

What to do? Vote Republican!

What will the Republican Party do to turn the fate?

Tax cuts for the kleptomaniacs of Wall Street, tax increase for the middle class of Main Street, to widen the gab between the 5% riches, who own 75% of all the wealth and the growing crowd of poor people, who own nothing, with the hard working middle class sinking in serious troubles. That will learn Americans the harsh way to work harder for less, like it is written in Genesis 3: 17-19

17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in toil shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;18 thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;19 in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
But critics such as Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina say the Republican resistance is a political, even racist, ploy to withhold critical help from the nation’s poorest and most hard-hit communities. But with Americans – even Republicans – split on support for the bill, there could also be fiscal wisdom in cautiously approaching a spending package that could weaken states’ rights, put state taxpayers on the hook to fill future funding gaps, and stymie local innovation to turn the economy around.

Of course is Alaska’s faithful Gov. Sarah Palin also one of the six rebels, notwithstanding Alaska is on the top of the list, where most of the federal funds are spend during the Bush43 terms, while Alaskans pay less taxes than anywhere else in the US and where girls who are raped have to pay for the evidential forensic research, while the state earns huge profits from the exploration of oil and natural gas. A state without a budget deficit and the largest percentage of illiterate inhabitants, living below the accepted level of existence, almost the Republican Utopia. The 11th commandment, “you will not spread the wealth”, is fully implemented in Alaska.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has also raised concerns about future state obligations especially for education, welfare, and healthcare spending, which make up the bulk of the $787 billion package.

“Some school systems will see a gusher of money the like of which no one has seen before,” said Governor Daniels at a press conference last week. “When federal funds stop coming, there will not be any way to replace all of that.” A remarkable statement, because it can also be said of his and anybodies’ wages: when it stops coming, because you are fired or the work is done, there will be no replacement. That’s why most people take measures for future circumstances.

The rift in the GOP became evident on “Meet the Press” Sunday as Governor Jindal faced off with Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, who welcomed the package faster than he could say “Sunshine State.” “We are at a time of need and to do nothing is not acceptable,” said Governor Crist. “I’ve looked into the eyes of people in unemployment lines and I understand the challenge.”

But Jindal, who called the stimulus debate “a great opportunity” to offer conservative-based solutions, countered, “We should be unafraid to stand up on principles and point out alternative solutions.”

Geen opmerkingen: