Governor Tim Pawlenty- talk conservative to me! "The federal government is broke, they have no money, it's monopoly money". "We need to cut spending." These were Pawlenty's comments after Obama's meeting with the nation's Governors this week. Governors across the country (including Republicans) have their hands out for federal money in order to offset their own lack of fiscal responsibility at home.
I hope Pawlenty means what he says, I worry about grandstanding and then backing down when the political pressure gets too high. But, if he wants to set out to lead the party- this is a good way to start. Republican Governors asking for federal bailouts should be sent right back to their state capitols without one thin dime- all they need is one red pen.
The Star Trib article today of course has the spin starting already with Minnesota Democrats lamenting the idea that Pawlenty wouldn't take money from the federal government. (These are the same Democrats who want a balanced budget- right?)
Then there's Obama- who said this at the Governor's meeting:
"We're going to need action, and we're going to need action swiftly," he told the governors.
In an effort to win bipartisan support, he appealed to Republicans: "We're not going to be hampered by ideology in trying to get this country back on track."
Hampered by ideology? And whose ideology is that? Now's the time to take a stand.