Governors v. Congress
(The Wall Street Journal) Please participate in the America’s Right poll on the right side of the page, and pick the option which best represents your perspective — I think you know where I stand. I think you also know how I feel about South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, and his comments in this Journal piece perhaps best provide an example of how the not-so-hidden strings in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act could further force the American people to be dependent upon the government, and could fiscally trap the states which take the money.
Consider South Carolina. Its annual budget is roughly $7 billion and the stimulus will send about $2.8 billion to the state over two years. But to spend the hundreds of millions of dollars allocated to the likes of Head Start, child care subsidies and special education, the state will have to enroll thousands of new families into the programs. “There’s no way politically we’re going to be able to push people out of the program in two years when the federal money runs out,” Mr. Sanford says.
Barack Obama keeps talking about “cable chatter” and about how we can “turn crisis into opportunity.” That’s not something we need. We need politicians who listen to the people, not dismiss them. We need measured movements by a limited government, not knee-jerk reactions taken because the political environment allows. I think it is important to remember that, as these Republican governors get maligned over the next few days and weeks, these governors are doing what our legislators should have done in the first place — tearing apart the legislation, line by line, and analyzing just how each and every provision will affect the American people.
The Problem With Nationalization
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) Slowly and surely, we’re moving down the road toward socialism. You’d think that would be perceived as a bad thing, but there is certainly a segment of our population which looks at that prospect and says, “hey, that doesn’t sound so bad.” Send this article to those people, but be sure to read it first yourself. This is exactly the sort of thing that Vladimir Putin, that capitalist pig, warned us about a little less than a month ago.
Jed Babbin: Obama’s Failing Leadership
(FROM: Human Events) Fantastic piece by Jed Babbin at Human Events, in which he writes about how he has failed and how any chance for recovery is waning. I couldn’t agree with him more. An excerpt:
Obama has failed twice and there is little reason to believe his leadership will improve. His political character isn’t built on leadership skills. In the first two tests he hasn’t demonstrated it.
First, instead of crafting a stimulus bill himself — or even actively participating in it — Obama let the Pelosi Democrats run off with it. And their product was so bad — so full of pork and costly liberal nostrums that pass enormous fiscal burdens to the states — that several Democrats joined the unified House Republicans in voting against it. Now Obama is facing off with almost a dozen state governments that want to reject the money because of the strings attached.
The second failure was in building expectations about the new bank bailout plan that was announced last week by serial tax evader and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. Before Geithner unveiled the plan, Obama said, “He’s going to be terrific.” Again and again, Obama raised expectations, saying Geithner would be “clear and specific.”
Obama led the financial markets to believe that there would be a plan specific enough for them to rely on in making investments. But he defaulted to Geithner, apparently letting the supposed economic maestro devise and then describe a plan that was comprehensively vague.