Remember last spring, when many Republican governors balked at accepting Stimulus funds? Governors such as Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal sounded the alarm that these funds came with many unpalatable strings attached. Well, it hasn't taken long for the chickens to come home to roost, as Rev. Wright would say...The United States, thanks to the policies of the Obama Administration, officially is in the midst of the longest recession since 1933...While the federal government can deficit spend in unheard of amounts, the states cannot. Because of the continuing high unemployment and lack of economic growth, most states are facing deficit problems worse than those experienced in 2009...here's what is happening in the State of Washington as a result of rushing to accept $4 billion in Stimulus funds to help close their $9 billion deficit in 2009...When Washington legislators began looking for ways to close their next billion-dollar deficit, the legislative staff informed them that their options were limited. The "maintenance of effort" provisions in the Recovery Act [Stimulus], ed.mean that Washington state cannot adopt eligibility standards for Medicaid that are more restrictive than those in effect on July 1, 2008...Recession working out as planned, Steve McCann, American Thinker, 10/27/2009
An old rule in doing business with gangsters is this: "if you accept my help, I will own you."
Those of us tearing our hair out about New York State's Assembly refusing to reduce spending now know a terrible truth. They can't. Governor Paterson signed away their right to do so in accepting Recovery Act funds.
This is what we're dealing with America. Speak. Act. Vote. Write those emails and letters to Congress.