One of the components of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is to assist the States with the ever increasing burden of paying unemployment benefits to the ever increasing ranks of the unemployed. Because many States pay much lower benefits than others, one of the conditions to receiving this money is that these States raise their benefits to a more sensible level. Unfortunately, the Republicans on Capitol Hill have decided to be against it. Interestingly though this has revealed a rift in the GOP. Despite the unanimous opposition to the ARRA on Capitol Hill, many Republican Governors including Florida governor Charlie Crist and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are behind it.
Most pundits agree that the reason behind this trend is that our State governors are facing real crisis at home and regardless of their political ideology have neither the time or the option to do otherwise. It's like Governor Crist said on Sunday's Meet the Press. The people of Florida have to come first. He also said "I think he's (Obama) on the right track." Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who also supports the ARRA in an interview on ABC's This Week said "You've got to go beyond just the principles."
But some Republican Governors, mostly of southern States, have come out against the ARRA. The other commonality connecting the GOP governors opposing the ARRA is that they are also the most likely to be among those competing for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2012. Most noticeably Louisiana's Republican governor Bobby Jindal and Mississippi's Republican Governor Haley Barbour. The two up and coming southern Republicans have even gone as far as stating they may turn down "some" of the ARRA money. Fortunately for these States the likelihood that the governors would be able to do such a thing on their own is pretty much zero.
The point of today's article is to wonder; Are these Republicans so clueless that they truly believe that the economic crisis has been overblown and that doing nothing is the answer? Or are they so consumed with lust for power that they are willing to risk the security of our nation to get it. Rush Limbaugh recently re-affirmed that he absolutely does want President Obama to fail. And as far as this correspondent is concerned for the Republicans on Capitol Hill and the obviously politically motivated GOP governors who oppose ARRA, to predict failure amounts to the same wish. And that wish is that President Obama will fail. Apparently these guys don't care what "failure" could mean.
The bottom line is that our nation is facing the most serious economic crisis in our history and as usual the Republicans want to play politics. I suppose I have to assume this is all just a big game to these idiots. To the elected Republicans who oppose the ARRA; Good people are hurting, children are hungry, sick people are waiting. STOP clinging to your failed ideology and do your job. For you to continue your campaign to stop Obama is heartless and a serious disservice to your country. To the moderate Republicans who support the ARRA. Take your Party back. The fringe neocons that have hijacked the GOP have driven it into the ground. Despite what many say about me I believe our country needs a healthy two-party political system. And I truly fear that if left in the hands of idiots like Jindal, Barbour, and Limbaugh, soon there may not be a Republican Party.
Devin Barber, Politics Correspondent
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