Saturday, February 21, 2009

Jindal Taking Stand Against Overspending

In news that could send the conservative world into joy, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has rejected almost $100 million in stimulus cash from Washington. The Governor, renowned for his firm anti-corruption stance, is now drawing a line in the sand with overspending.

Jindal, who has attempted to rebuild Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, believes in the government not wasting money! Novel concept, huh?

“The federal money in this bill will run out in less than three years for this benefit and our businesses would then be stuck paying the bill,” Jindal said. “We must be careful and thoughtful as we examine all the strings attached to the funding in this package. We cannot grow government in an unsustainable way.”

And Governor Jindal may not be the only one to reject such attempts at federal waste. In fact, it appears that a small portion of the Republican Party may be coalescing around fiscal conservatism.

Jindal is one of a small group of Republican governors, which includes South Carolina’s Mark Sanford and Mississippi’s Haley Barbour, who have said they might refuse some or all of the stimulus money targeted to their states.

In an interview Friday, Barbour said he, too, would likely decline funds for broadening access to unemployment insurance.

“Subject to learning more, my position is that Mississippi won’t accept funds that require us to have a tax increase later, because [they would force] us to change our rules for qualifying for unemployment compensation,” he said.

Good for the Governors. It's about time.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Phony grandstanding.