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NPT DC: Obama chastises Perry over stimulus

From the Dallas Morning News: “The president … joked about the fact that we need transit dollars in Houston, although the governor of Texas has said that maybe Texas won’t take money from the stimulus bill,” Houston Mayor Bill White recounted afterward. [link]

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “Speaking to a gathering of about 80 of the nation’s mayors at a White House meeting, Obama specifically mentioned Houston’s need for transit dollars but said Texas could lose money if Perry does not apply for all the federal aid for which the state is eligible.” [link]

Why did Obama feel the need to make these comments despite the fact that if Perry turns down stimulus aid, the legislature can request it? [link]

perry2Simple. Because Perry (and other governors too) have worked out that a lot of the stimulus aid will require much tweaking of the state budgets. And you can’t tweak a state budget without the governor’s signature.

Any creation/expansion of a state program (say, providing pro-rated unemployment benefit for seeking part time work) could bring down bucket loads of supplementary federal dosh (in addition to the one time windfalls for things like transportation projects.) [link]

But… that sort of thing requires the Governor’s say-so, as well as the feds and the lege.

Hence Obama’s singling out of Perry. The stimulus package is not just about fixing the economy. It is also about expanding the scope of state government by providing massive incentives. (Paid for with the national credit-card) In this sense it is as much about colonization as relief. But HR1 is structured in such a way that Governor’s can take the relief and reject the colonization.

Perry said Tuesday, “In Texas, we actually know it is a good idea to look a gift horse in the mouth.” This glitch in the stimulus package means h that states can drink (at least half of) the milk without putting a deposit on the cow.

–Ben Wright


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 21, 2009 at 9:34 am

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  1. Perry is a politi-burro. He twist things around to suit his fancy. Obama must have eagle eyes sharp enough to spot a weasel from hundreds of feet in the air (and what is he saying with his gift horse, cow, and nag refrences that other papers are quoting him on!)Texas has dismal stats and Perry has done nothing to change them.


    February 21, 2009 at 1:33 pm

  2. Perry has no problem throwing $7.5 million “business friendly” tax dollars to Countrywide (the corrupt mortgage lender) and hundreds of millions more to questionable start-ups, BUT using government money to actually help its own citizens — that’s a problem?

    When it comes to putting kids on health insurance; helping people get around cities built and designed to strand people without cars; and to improve schools and hospitals — that’s a problem for Perry?

    Guv Perry is a royal waste of time, a waste of money, and a waste of hope. Hypocrite.


    February 21, 2009 at 4:36 pm

  3. is it just me or have the republicans forgotten they got all of us into this mess?

    adrian juarez

    February 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm

  4. PLEASE someone remind obama that this is NOT africa and that he is NOT King. 50 million Americans DID NOT vote for him. He is NOT King. The opposition party still has a right to challenge his rule. Arrogant bast….


    February 22, 2009 at 1:13 pm

  5. Is Adrian on drugs or does it really believe the lies of the Keep them Barefoot and Pregant Dumnbocrats. It is Pelosi and the Dumbcrats in the House and Senate who got us into this mess.


    February 22, 2009 at 1:14 pm

  6. Texas is one of the last great states that has ALL statewide offices controlled by Republicans. HAIL TO TEXAS. Secede from the socialist states of africa, the kingdom of obama


    February 22, 2009 at 1:15 pm

  7. wow, Richard, you’ve spoken like a true scholar. you know, that is the problem, all you repubs are the ones that think that you are entitled to this country and everything in it. remember 60 million people did vote for him, so that means that he does have the authority…
    I wonder how loud you were screaming when bush was working 24/7 to ensure that our country ran itself into the ground.
    (24 hours a week/ 7 months a year)

    I say that all republicans are censored from talking about OUR president until he does something that even remotely puts him in the ballpark of what gw bush did.

    who’s with me…


    February 24, 2009 at 9:23 am

  8. Richard, it must be lonely in your alternate universe.


    March 17, 2009 at 3:28 pm

  9. Richard its people like you that blow up building with children in them. That burn crosses on front lawns. That shoot people in the back.Yes sir and I bet you never served a day in any service, joto. And before you start complaining about the language, me thinks that 4 years in the Marines, 35 years working for the US ARMY and 6 generations of living in the Great State Of Texas gives me the authority to mouth off.

    So esta la vista, you all. Siemper Fi,

    big ed

    March 17, 2009 at 9:48 pm

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