You Can’t Make This Shit Up XII25 February, 2009
I’m sure that some of you have heard that certain Republican governors (cough which sounds like Jindal) are planning to refuse some of the money in the Democratic economic stimulus package. Why? Well, in Jindal’s case, it is because he is running for President in 2012 and wants to solidify his base early.
Jindal has already called into question funding for volcano monitoring. He seams to think that spending money to predict and mitigate natural disasters is pork. Do you think that Jindal will complain when funding for hurricane tracking comes up? Doubtful. It is pure political posturing. Posturing which, if he really does refuse some of the money, will create real hardship.
Luckily, some are noting the hypocrisy (from CBS news):
U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the No. 3 House Democrat, said the governors – some of whom are said to be eyeing White House bids in 2012 – are putting their own interests first.
“No community or constituent should be denied recovery assistance due to their governor’s political ideology or political aspirations,” Clyburn said Wednesday.
So what would happen to citizens in a state with an ideological purist sitting in the governors seat? Not to worry. Governor Mark Sanford (R-SC) has a plan.
On C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Sanford sat for an interview and answered questions from callers. One caller explained he had lost his job because he was taking care of sick relatives. He told Sanford that refusing the money hurt him and his family. Sanford lied, and said that state could not accept money to extend unemployment benefits because “increasing the tax on unemployment insurance” would negatively “impact the caller’s family” (from ThinkProgress).
In another part of the call, this exchange:
CALLER: I hope you all are not playing politics with this. People in South Carolina are hurting. You know how unemployment rates are high right now and going up higher. We are running out of money in the unemployment bank — we need money for that, the people that need help. And I’m one of them, I can’t get no help. […]
SANFORD: Well I’d say hello to Charleston because its home and I’d say hello to this fellow this morning and say that my prayers are going to be with him and his family because it sounds like he is in an awfully tough spot.
That is Sanford’s plan. Prayer.
Prayer will help pay the mortgage? Prayer will help feed the family? Prayer will help buy clothing? Prayer will help buy shoes? Gasoline? Medicine? Oil for the furnace? Electricity? Phone bill?
Well, prayer is a way to feel like you are doing something while actually doing nothing. I guess it is also a way to be compassionately conservative.