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.