February 6, 2009

THE BEST INDICATOR OF THE WEAKNESS OF THE UR'S POSITION...:

GOP govs to Senate: Hold the line (ALEXANDER BURNS, 2/6/09, Politico)

Several of the GOP's most prominent governors blasted the stimulus plan making its way through Congress Thursday, urging Senate Republicans to resist passing the bill and taking aim at what they called unnecessary spending in the package.

"The legislation currently being considered includes excess spending and impedes states' abilities to manage their own programs," said Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. "I will oppose any stimulus package that increases states' costs and taxes, or results in federal control over state-administered programs.

Barbour concluded: "The best stimulus package is one that includes tax cuts and real job creation initiatives that can have an immediate positive impact on the American economy."

In a statement coordinated by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who chairs the Republican Governors Association, Sanford, Barbour, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took a hard line against what they termed debt-increasing measures in the proposed economic recovery bill.


...is that none of the contenders for 2012 see any downside to opposing the stimulus. Not only do the politics work in their favor but they recognize it won't work.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at February 6, 2009 7:12 AM
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