HT to Ed Morrissey at HotAir…
Jake Tapper caught this one.
On This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said of the $787 billion stimulus package, “the reality is it hasn’t helped yet. Only about 6.8 percent of the money has actually been spent. What I proposed is, after you complete the contracts that are already committed, the things that are in the pipeline, stop it.”
A day later, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer received letters from Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar all pointing out the billions headed to Arizona.
Kyl “publicly questioned whether the stimulus is working and stated that he wants to cancel projects that aren’t presently underway,” LaHood wrote to Brewer, a Republican. “I believe the stimulus has been very effective in creating job opportunities throughout the country. However, if you prefer to forfeit the money we are making available to your state, as Senator Kyl suggests, please let me know.”
Some background. I live in Phoenix. The state budget in AZ is almost as big a mess as the third world country to the west of us. Our new Republican governor, Jan Brewer, had a huge tax package ready to go to close the budget gap when a bunch of freshmen Republican reps stood up, raised all sorts of hell and said no. Causing consternation in the State House and amongst the leadership of the Republican Party in the House and Senate. They finally reached an accord with the freshmen on a budget that was based on using stimulus funds. The freshmen didn’t like, I hate it.
OK, so my Senator, Senator Kyl, the only US Senator who actually represents the people of Arizona, said some unkind things about the stimulus. True things, but looked on as unkind if you are working for The BoyPresident™. So TBP wants to play Chicago Politics on the Arizona legislature. Personally, that works for me.
I would prefer to see the “stimulus” funds pulled from Arizona for a couple of reasons. One, it slips the mask from TBP. Second, it will force the Arizona Governor and the Legislature to face the real world and take an axe to spending in the state. Using the stimulus is nothing but a prop to continue funding programs that should be cut or eliminated.
So, Mr. BoyPresident™, have at it. Punish us. I’m with you.