...Given that the money was going to be spent (and still is), I’m not sure how a Republican legislator could just sit back and let the Democrats scoop up every dime. No, the money isn’t likely to create a ton of jobs. No, the Stimulus Bill could not ever do what the President and the Democratic leadership claimed it could. However, millions of dollars isn’t exactly useless and if a Republican can get some of it and get it into the hands of entrepreneurs openly and transparently, then perhaps it could create a few jobs.Instinctively I would say that Republicans are better stewards of the public's money than Democrats. However, my state, Florida, is (loosely) run by a governor who I am told is a registered Republican yet his handling of the stimulus bootie has not been particularly noteworthy. Well, not noteworthy in a good way.
Two examples of idiocy leap to mind relative to Florida stimulus dollars. First, and every Floridian should be embarrassed to no end by this-the Turtle Tunnel. The three point four million dollar thirteen foot long turtle tunnel. The mere thought of it embarrasses me to the point of chest pains. All I can say to the taxpayers in the other 49 states who are footing the bill so that our turtles can cross the street safely is I am so very sorry.
Appropriately, "number two" is the bullet train to Hell that is going to cost taxpayers one point two five billion dollars. Choo choo Charlie wanted 2.5 billion but in what passes for fiscal responsibility these days Obama only gave him half, leaving Floridians to come up with the remaining 5.5 billion dollars for the bottomless money pit that nobody wants.
Who knows how many jobs either of these will create and any that are created will be temporary, the cost to the taxpayer per job will be enormous and neither of them make a lick of sense. Which brings me back to Jimmie:
The side benefit is that the Republicans can then come back in 2010 with a new line of attack. They will be able to show taxpayers that the very act of taking money from taxpayers in order to give it back to them in “stimulus” form is inherently wasteful and corrupt. More, they will have actual examples to show just how much money is frittered away no matter how carefully nor transparently Washington spends it.Amen. Read the rest of the post at The Sundries Shack.