Of course they want the money …

I see where the Legislature and Governor are meeting today to discuss strategy over a $140 million that the federal government wants to give Utah for education and health care for the poor.

Interestingly, the discussion seems to be along the lines of (a) we want the money but (b) becasue we hate the federal govenrment, we don’t want the feds telling us what to do.

This is part and parcel of the current trend among Republical lawmakers around the nation to stand boldly against the feds, screaming at the feds for failing to do their jobs on things like immigration, but then taking federal money.

Best example: Sarah Palin claiming Alaska told the feds “no thanks for that Bridge to Nowhere,” conveniently neglecting to mention that Alaska took the money for the bridge and spent it elsewhere.

This sort of fiscal hypocrisy gets old. If you’re going to tell the feds to butt out, show some steel: refuse the money.

But then also have the steel to personally sit down with every school teacher who loses their job, and every sick poor person denied help, and tell them why.

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6 Responses to Of course they want the money …

  1. Brad Smith says:

    Having some reluctance over taking more federal dollars may not be as hypocritical as you say. Since every dollar will be borrowed, perhaps there is some sense in suggesting we should be a bit more reluctant to accept this money. After all, what we are really doing is spending money that belongs to future generations for our present benefit. If a parent took a child’s credit card and charged it up, we would all agree that they were guilty of a crime. This isn’t all that different.

    Moreover, the feds method of operation corrupts the analysis. If we don’t take the money, the portion that would have come to us will simply go elsewhere. There is no possibility of obtaining a savings, but our children will pay for this whether we get the money or not. When you say, “show some steel,” the entire system is designed to reward the most profligate, not the most prudent.

    Many complain that the 2000-2008 years were simply profligacy run amok; and it is a fair complaint. In two years, however, the profligacy of the prior eight has been tripled. It is simply immoral to continue this pattern of mortgaging our future.

  2. Zack says:

    Could/would you please direct me to the information where AK took the money for the “bridge to nowhere”? And just where was this money spent and on what?

  3. Charles Trentelman says:

    Sack — my pleasure. You ask, the Wall Street Journal provides:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122090791901411709.html?mod=loomia&loomia_si=t0:a16:g2:r4:c0.0766691

    from the story:
    Gov. Palin, who John McCain named as his running mate less than two weeks ago, quickly adopted a stump line bragging about her opposition to the pork-barrel project Sen. McCain routinely decries.

    But Gov. Palin’s claim comes with a serious caveat. She endorsed the multimillion dollar project during her gubernatorial race in 2006. And while she did take part in stopping the project after it became a national scandal, she did not return the federal money. She just allocated it elsewhere.

    “We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge,” Gov. Palin said in August 2006, according to the local newspaper, “and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that’s so negative.” The bridge would have linked Ketchikan to the airport on Gravina Island. Travelers from Ketchikan (pop. 7,500) now rely on ferries.

    A year ago, the governor issued a press release that the money for the project was being “redirected.”

  4. Zack says:

    Charlie, Thank you.

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  6. Neal Cassidy says:

    I am awaiting the state of Utah to take a stand on accepting federal money to finance water projects. The Central Utah Water Project was paid for mostly by federal tax dollars. Duing the majority of thise years that Utah happily accepted federal tax dollars the budget 2as not balanced and was running a defecit. We are happy to accept federal tax money for projects until political hay can be made.

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