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GOP Govenors Call for Obama Stimulus Passage

These governors are on the front lines of the economic crisis and they know first hand what's needed to get America back on track. And unlike their petty, partisan GOP brethren in Congress, a number of GOP governors have broken ranks from the Limbaugh/Boehner "Let's Drive America into the Ground" campaign and are backing the passage of the stimulus package.

Most Republican governors have broken with their GOP colleagues in Congress and are pushing for passage of President Barack Obama's economic aid plan that would send billions to states for education, public works and health care.

Their state treasuries drained by the financial crisis, governors would welcome the money from Capitol Hill, where GOP lawmakers are more skeptical of Obama's spending priorities.

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, scheduled meetings in Washington this weekend with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other senators to press for her state's share of the package.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist worked the phones last week with members of his state's congressional delegation, including House Republicans. Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, the Republican vice chairman of the National Governors Association, planned to be in Washington on Monday to urge the Senate to approve the plan.

"As the executive of a state experiencing budget challenges, Gov. Douglas has a different perspective on the situation than congressional Republicans," said Douglas' deputy chief of staff, Dennise Casey.

Not a single Republican voted with the majority last week when the House approved Obama's $819 billion combination of tax cuts and new spending. The president's goal is to create or preserve 3 million to 4 million jobs.

The Republicans in Congress and their pitchfork-waving supporters in the right wing media are doing their best defeat liberalism by furthering the economic crisis and driving more men, women and families out of their jobs and homes.

They are so desperate to hang onto the shreds of what's left of their political party that they will wish and work for the worse to happen to decent, hard-working Americans -- all so that they can blame the Democratic administration.

The GOP Governors are standing up for the people of their state and doing the right thing. It's time for Americans everywhere to say no (again) to the failed, divisive, Republican ideologues who favor tax breaks for the rich and more sacrifice and hardship for the many.

We the People need to continue to fight back against the regime that is still, to this day, only interested in helping the rich and the connected. We the People need to push aside those in this nation that are attempting to stand in the way of resolving our economic crisis.

There are unparalleled economic problems weighing our nation down, and the solutions are not clear cut, easy or assured, but the time for action is now. This move by the Republican governors clearly demonstrates that the stimulus plan, in its current form, offers the solutions needed as a next step towards putting America back on track.


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Comments (3)

Unlike their counterparts in congress who are playing politics, Republican governors are right on the front line of the human suffering caused by this serious economic downturn. President Obama made every attempt to be inclusive of congressional Republicans and allow them to add any parts to the economic stimulus bill that they wanted to add. He wanted this to be a bipartisan effort and wanted the bill to include all sorts of spending or tax relief meant to quickly inject new jobs or stability to the troubled economy. Yet congressional Republicans seem to be hoping for economic failure as their best political strategy for the future. That's pretty darn cynical and anti-American in my view.

LiberalNightmare:

Personally, Id love to root for economic success. The problem is, no matter how hard I try I cant seem to figure out how that can be accomplished with free rubbers and NEA grants.

Ive asked a few liberals, but it looks like they would rather spin things so that they can blame republicans instead of argue the merits of Obamas plan.

Go figure.

ke_future:

paul, i call bullshit on the claim that republicans could add anything that they wanted to, to the bill. pelosi shut them out, and wasn't willing to work with them. and since pelosi is running the house and not listening to obama.

look, i would love to see an actual stimulus bill come out of congress. i would even be willing to take a serious look if it only had democratic support if it was a serious bill. but this piece of shit isn't serious, it won't provide for any real, long term stimulus for the economy.

you can't just pump money into the system in a one-shot deal and expect long term changes or growth. it's about putting into place the proper framework to allow individuals and businesses to succeed. this bill does practically the opposite. especially since so little of it involves actual pumping of money into the economy.


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