Five governors petition U.S. government for $1 trillion
According to Reuters, the governors of Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Wisconsin–all Democrats, of course–are encouraging Barack Obama and the federal government to sign over $1 trillion in federal aid to all 50 states in order to help defer infrastructure, education and welfare costs.
That’s one trillion dollars. Trillion, as in a thousand billion. For a trillion seconds to tick off on your wristwatch, for example, it would take 1,688 years.
I have six dollars in my wallet. They want a trillion. I don’t know about you, but I say “no.”
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick actually said that the federal government NEEDS to step in, NEEDS to jump-start the economy. Needs, needs, needs. Now, I can understand the value of strengthened infrastructure when it comes to the national economy in the long term, but reinforcing and further funding infrastructure with funds which will end up coming from raised taxes or devalued currency will only lengthen the downturn we’re seeing right now. Furthermore, augmenting welfare benefits only counteracts the need to bolster the economy with the creation of new jobs, and more federal funding for education will inevitably come with strings attached, and the last time the federal government expanded its role in education we got the federalist nightmare which is the No Child Left Behind Act.
In the Reuters piece, Gov. Patterson of New York was cited as mentioning that 43 states now have budget deficits totaling about $100 billion, with the deficit misery accompanied by plunging tax revenues. I know that the city of Philadelphia alone is facing a $100 million shortfall, which has been responded to by Mayor Michael Nutter by shuttering libraries and draining city pools rather than re-evaluating city-paid vehicles for councilmembers, city-paid art commissioning projects and more.
When my wife and I know that, because of an unexpected expense–the sliding door to my wife’s minivan now isn’t opening at all, automatically or otherwise, a mere month after we put $1200 into spark plugs and ignition coils–we won’t be breaking into the black for a certain month, we know that we have to curtail expenses elsewhere. Maybe we won’t have that dinner out once a month. Maybe we’ll turn the thermostat down a little extra. Maybe my wife will take on an extra day or two, if possible, with the special needs kids she cares for. These states, and indeed the federal government, needs to take the same sort of attitude.
How much does Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Cah-lee-fohr-nee-yah spend on healthcare and education for illegal immigrants? How much does Jennifer Granholm’s Michigan spend on welfare programs with no accompanying work incentive? How much business and income does John Corzine’s New Jersey chase away with insanely high taxes, with policies so counterproductive that tourists are forced to pay for beach tags, just to access the dirty, needle-ridden beaches? How much is Patterson’s New York contributing to that Woodstock museum, to the New York Mets’ and New York Yankees’ new stadiums? South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has come out and told the folks on Capitol Hill that he’s not interested in their money; how does he manage to make it work? As an aside, why should he and his Palmetto State citizens have to pay for fiscal irresponsibility in other states? Why should I?
States from Maine to Washington need to examine each and every line of their budget, and look to other states to see what works and what does not. That’s the beauty of federalism — as Ronald Reagan said in his last State of the Union address,”there are a thousand sparks of genius in 50 states and a thousand communities around the nation — it is time to nurture them and see which ones can catch fire and become guiding lights.” When I see other people who make less than my wife and I and manage to make things work better, I ask what they do to save money, how they pinch pennies different than we do. We’ve learned tricks from other people, and others have learned from us.
In 18 days, this nation is going to be subject to nearly unchecked control by people who, contrary to common sense, believe that higher taxes somehow do not stifle growth and actually bring in more revenue, believe in the merits of a bigger government, of the nanny state, of totalitarianism. At the expense of our currency, at the expense of our economic viability, at the expense of our ability to compete with other industrial markets across the globe, these people are prepared to write a blank check to people that want to throw it away in the name of “social justice,” in the name of “societal engineering,” in the name of the farce that is Global Warming.
It’s got to stop. This bailout madness has got to stop.
Call your representatives. Call your senators. Ask them “where’s MY bailout?” Explain to them that, if they’re not going to spend it responsibly, tell them that you want it back.