Diary

Holsworth's Stimulus Question Deserves an Answer

Dr. Bob Holsworth asks a very good question:

Bobby Jindal, the Governor of Louisiana, is really going to do it. He will tell President Obama “thanks, but no thanks” to part of the stimulus package that was to be directed to Louisiana. Jindal claims that the strings attached to obtaining stimulus funding for expanding unemployment insurance will cost Louisiana millions in the long run, so he is telling the President that Louisiana will take a pass on part of the money. Jindal’s move is likely to compel all the other GOP Governors who are actually thinking of running for President in 2012 to follow suit. So what if you’re running for statewide office in 2009 in Virginia? Will Bob McDonnell or Bill Bolling follow Jindal’s lead or do they think we should take every penny we can get our hands on? I might be wrong here, but I think that the Louisiana Governor may well have introduced a new dimension to the 2009 statewide races in Virginia.

It deserves an answer…from both the Bolling and McDonnell camps. And yes, to be fair, others like Jindal and even my personal favorite, Mark Sanford, can posture on the matter thanks to the Clyburn amendment within the monstrous “stimulus” bill that allows state legislatures to grab the cash even if their respective governors decline to do so. There’s no need for that here, as the Governor helped campaign for the spending bill and the gaggle in Capitol Square has already baked the dough into their tottering fiscal cake. Way to go folks.

Some months ago, I asked all of the (then) gubernatorial candidates their stands on the Wall Street bailout. I’m still waiting for answers. But it’s okay. I’ve got time.