I've frequently been thinking of the dilemma that if the Obama plan isn't a big success, he will be blamed---and there will be, unfortunately, no way to know what would have happened without the stimulus.
But now we have some republican governors like Sanford of SC, Jindal of Lousiana, and others who say they don't WANT the stimulus funds, because it is socialism, against America, etc.
Fine! Problem solved! Let them stand by their words and not take the funds, on their great "principles." These states can be the CONTROL GROUP for the stimulus plan. Now we CAN have something for comparison!
For Jindal to decline the money in light of how badly his state needs help is an inexcusable example of choosing ideology over people. In contrast, it was quite entertaining to watch Tim Pawlenty rationalize to Rachel Maddow the other night how he can be 100% anti-Stim, but take the money anyway.
If anyone still doubts that aliens walk among us, behold the GOP.
... and if the economies in other states improves and their states lag behind still suffering - they'll look like ideological idiots (which they are).
I don't think it's as simple as you state... regardless people will be suffering. What are they to think ? What will the voters think when state services (esp. education) are cut because the state budget is kaput and their Gov refused any help. there are numerous ramifications.
another example : 6-12 months from now, state A's unemployment goes from 10% to 6% (they took the package); State B's stays around 10% (they refused it)... how'll THAT look?? NOT saying that'll happen, it's just a possibility.
"What will the voters think when state services (esp. education) are cut because the state budget is kaput and their Gov refused any help."
first, state budgets are being cut everywhere even though the feds are helping a bit. and "voters thinking" is an oxymoron, no? ;~) seriously, these are relatively popular governors who are in states that are likely going to reelect them regardless of the outcomes. some states are going to weather this storm better than others, so perhaps the money refused by these states can end up going to Michigan and California and places where it can be better used???
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