Schwarzenegger To GOP Governors: Give Me Your Unwanted Stimulus Money

I have to give to the California Governor Arnold, at lest he’s honest enough to admit that he will take California’s share of the President Obama’s economic stimulus package, as well as  any that might be leftover if any of his fellow GOP governors turn down theirs.

Govs. Mark Sandford of South Carolina, Bobby Jindal of Lousisiana and Haley Barbour of Mississippi have all made it known that they are thinking and leaning very strongly against taking stimulus monies. I find this very disingenuous and nothing more than grand-standing. 
If the money is available to the States, these governors have to take it. They will have no choice but to take it, their respective state assemblies will make sure that they take it. It is as simple as that.  The states need money to fund all kinds of programs, from unemployment and health benefits to education and transporation projects. They’ll take it. 

Appearing on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger giddily embraced the idea that more money would be available for California should his GOP colleagues — like Govs. Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana — refuse stimulus funds.

“Well, Governor Sanford says that he does not want to take the federal stimulus package money. And I’ll say to him, I’ll take it,” Schwarzenegger said. “I’m more than happy to take his money or any other governor in this country that doesn’t want to take this money. I’ll take it, because we in California need it. I think it’s a terrific package. I think if you ask a thousand people for their opinion, what is their ideal stimulus package, you will have a thousand different answers. So everyone’s is a little different. I think he’s done a great job and I think California benefits tremendously from that $80 billion of tax benefits there, for around $35 billion. There are other advantages: $45 billion of money that go to transportation, to education, to health care, all those different areas. There’s even some money that could benefit our revenues or, I should say, our budget itself….” – Huffington Post 

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