GOP feeds from the stimulus trough

 

I'm glad to see the Republicans on board and requesting funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly referred to as the stimulus bill. In February 2009 every Republican House member and all but three Senate members voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The conservative newspaper The Washington Times revealed in an article Feb. 9 that more than a dozen Republican lawmakers who blasted the bill last year have now requested these stimulus funds. Many more Republican congressional members have posed for pictures presenting checks of stimulus money, or boasted how the stimulus funds have benefitted their districts.

A Freedom of Information Act request found that Rep. Joe Wilson has requested funds of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. In a portion of the August 2009 letter, Rep. Wilson writes, "We know their endeavor will provide jobs and investment in one of the poorer sections of the Congressional District."

In addition, Gov. Mark Sanford flew to Washington, D.C., recently, meeting with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss South Carolina's application for $300 million in federal stimulus money for public schools. If they've changed their minds about requesting recovery funds, will they admit the funds were useful when jobs are saved or created as a result?

We'll be waiting for Gov. Sanford's and Rep. Wilson's statements on the success of the recovery funds.

Teresa Harper

Aiken, S.C.

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