GOP feeds from the stimulus trough

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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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KSL
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KSL 02/18/10 - 11:49 pm
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I can understand being

I can understand being against massive spending. But if you can't stop it, why not grab some of it for your district. You can have principles, but if you are defeated, grab some of the spoils for your constituents. It's going to be spent no matter what.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 02/19/10 - 12:00 am
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I do understand the reasoning

I do understand the reasoning behind them trying to benefit their districts since the deed is done, but I cannot condone blasting the bill, and then turning around and taking the funds after the fact. I think the seldom used word, "Integrity", comes into play here, and I simply could not do it. I would not be able to defend playing both sides, and I think my constituents would understand that and would respect me for standing on principle. Sadly, far too many do not. Just mho. Peace.

Pu239
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Pu239 02/19/10 - 12:17 am
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Hey Teresa? You want to get
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Hey Teresa? You want to get back with us when "jobs are saved or created as a result?"

southernguy08
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southernguy08 02/19/10 - 08:20 am
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Gee Terry, how stupid would
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Gee Terry, how stupid would it be not to "feed from the trough?" The bill was already passed. Funny how you didn't mention word one about Obama's promise that we'd never see unemployment go over 9% if this stimulus bill was passed, and it went to 10.5%. Guess that little nugget of information just passed you by. After all, we all know every bad thing in the country, heck, in the world, is George Bush and the Republicans fault. Thanks for the good laugh Teresa.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 02/19/10 - 08:26 am
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I don't mind having them take

I don't mind having them take the stimulus money. The money comes from the public treasury, and even people foolish enough to elect politicians like Joe Wilson are entitled to their share. I do object to having these two-faced politicians brag about the success of a program that they opposed.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 02/19/10 - 09:13 am
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The tax money is taken from

The tax money is taken from the taxpayer and therefore all are entitled to receive their own money back. It's not as though the Repubs should be punished any more just because they were unable to stop this extremely foolish bill. After November, some action can be taken. Until then, everyone's hands are tied to a limited action. Refusing to use your own money just to prove a moot point is as foolish as the stimulus bill. Your reasoning, Teresa, is an example of the type of thinking that will loose control of congress for the president.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 02/19/10 - 09:19 am
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I wonder if Teresa sent her

I wonder if Teresa sent her "Bush tax cuts" that the Democrats "blasted" back to the treasury.

dashiel
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dashiel 02/19/10 - 09:21 am
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Core principle on Sarah

Core principle on Sarah Palin's redneck teleprompter: Reward the non-participants.

reader54
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reader54 02/19/10 - 09:25 am
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What happened to Standing By

What happened to Standing By Your Principals? The definition of a hypocrite:–noun
1.a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess,esp. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
2.a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, esp. one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.

Chillen
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Chillen 02/19/10 - 09:33 am
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Its too bad that those who

Its too bad that those who voted against it can't take the stimulus money that is available for their district and just return it to their constituents as a tax refund (only for those of us who actually pay taxes though).

deekster
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deekster 02/19/10 - 09:39 am
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The Repubs were using the old

The Repubs were using the old "smoke and mirrors". The "slight of hand" to foul their constituents. I'm voted against something for you that I knew would pass without me. What do politicians do? LIE like dogs. LIE like dogs. Public Servant 101. Treat the citizenry like you raise mushrooms. "Keep them in the dark and feed them feces".

dani
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dani 02/19/10 - 12:50 pm
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SC Politicians are elected to

SC Politicians are elected to represent you and others in your state Harper and often go against their own wishes. I'll bet you would just love it and never complain if he had refused all stimulus dollars.

willienelson
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willienelson 02/19/10 - 11:34 am
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Was the bill good or bad? Was

Was the bill good or bad? Was it necessary? According to Obama it had to be done immediately yet a year later 67% remains unspent. Want to talk about smoke and mirrors, let's talk. If you vote against speed limit changes,when it is passed do you not conform to those changes? Hopefully our guys will try to get as much of the "absolutely necessary now" money as possible. What is the alternative? Just leave it for blue states only.

GAterp
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GAterp 02/19/10 - 12:18 pm
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The GOP feeds from the

The GOP feeds from the trough! They are the political pigs of DC!

mvirgin
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mvirgin 02/19/10 - 12:24 pm
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The money was already spent

The money was already spent and all citizens in the state will be part of the repayment process whether they got any stimulus money or not.

RoadKing09
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RoadKing09 02/19/10 - 12:46 pm
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Why cut your nose off to

Why cut your nose off to spite your face? Taxpayers are going to have to pay for it anyway. Someone give you a car you didn't choose I guess you will walk or take a bus or train.

dani
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dani 02/19/10 - 12:51 pm
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11:18..Shouldn't that be

11:18..Shouldn't that be twerp?

teharper428
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teharper428 02/19/10 - 01:20 pm
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Even the Tea Party's "hero"

Even the Tea Party's "hero" Sen. DeMint shows his hypocrisy: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) Lobbied For Tens Of Millions In South Carolina Stimulus Funds. According to the Georgetown Times, a business coalition called the North Eastern Strategic Alliance worked closely with DeMint to secure millions in stimulus funds for the I-73 corridor highway in South Carolina. [Georgetown Times, 5/31/09] http://www.gtowntimes.com/story/State-DOT-agrees-to-fund-land-purchases-...

teharper428
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teharper428 02/19/10 - 01:24 pm
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Affects of the Recovery Act

Affects of the Recovery Act according to CBO: portion of summary- "Therefore, looking at the actual amounts spent so far (where identifiable) and estimates of the other effects of ARRA on spending and revenues, CBO has estimated the law’s impact on employment and economic output using evidence about how previous similar policies have affected the economy and various mathematical models that represent the workings of the economy. On that basis, CBO estimates that in the third quarter of calendar year 2009, an additional 600,000 to 1.6 million people were employed in the United States, and real (inflation-adjusted) gross domestic product (GDP) was 1.2 percent to 3.2 percent higher, than would have been the case in the absence of ARRA."
http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/106xx/doc10682/Frontmatter.2.2.shtml

southernguy08
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southernguy08 02/19/10 - 02:33 pm
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Amazing, the liberal
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Amazing, the liberal Democrats are in control of the White House and both houses of congress, and all they can do is rant about the Republicans, George Bush, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and Sarah Palin, who isn't even in office anymore. Keep moaning guys...your party is already losing elections, and polls show that more "change" will be coming in November.

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imdstuf 02/19/10 - 03:06 pm
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1. Politicians at the high

1. Politicians at the high levels seldom have integrity
2. Most politicians are hypocrites because..
3. While talking about reigning in spending regardless of party affiliation, most politicians do not want that spending control to slow down the money going to local projects, which would keep them from getting re-elected

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 02/19/10 - 03:09 pm
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Recovery.org, which tracks

Recovery.org, which tracks stimulus money that has actually gone towards actual contracts to hire workers, estimates just 500,000 jobs have been created so far at a $43 billion cost in stimulus spending. Not 2 million jobs created or "saved," as the White House contends.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 02/19/10 - 03:10 pm
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Did you know that since the

Did you know that since the Administration's stimulus was enacted:
The number of people who are unemployed increased by 2.1 million, from 12.71 million in February 2009 to 14.8 million in January 2010. Payroll employment decreased by 3.3 million (132.823 million in Feb 09; 129.527 million in Jan 2010). Private payrolls are at levels not seen since 1999.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 02/19/10 - 03:13 pm
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According to the Wall Street

According to the Wall Street Journal and USA Today:
About 1/3 of the stimulus has been paid out so far.
About 58% of stimulus spending so far has gone to government and social services.
More than $3.5 billion in economic stimulus funds are going to programs that President Obama wants to eliminate or trim in his new budget.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 02/19/10 - 03:15 pm
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Since stimulus was enacted,

Since stimulus was enacted, monthly federal government expenditures on Medicaid have increased by 29% (from $17 billion in Jan 09 to $22 billion in Jan 2010).

*The number of people receiving benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) increased by 5.672 million - a 17.3% increase (32.556 million in Feb 09; 38.183 million in 11/09).

*The amount federal government spends for benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) each month increased by $1.404 billion - a 37.91% increase ($3.703 billion in Feb 09; $5.107 billion in 11/09).

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 02/19/10 - 03:45 pm
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As for "feeding from the

As for "feeding from the trough": there are no distinguishing features of GOP v DEM concerning the lows they reach.

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 02/19/10 - 04:00 pm
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Good letter Mrs. Harper, but

Good letter Mrs. Harper, but hypocrisy is the name of the game in the GOP.Reader54, said it best.It will be in the Democrats interest to point these facts out during the upcoming campaign season.Polls don't elect people, voters do.Also Senator Brown from Mass. said this package didn't create one job. Let them have plenty of rope.

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GGpap 02/19/10 - 04:28 pm
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Well said, Federalist

Well said, Federalist (11:00PM). Unfortunately, many of the playground level folks out there---"if they're gonna do it, why shouldn't I"---do not understand or honor the word "integrity." GGpap

dani
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dani 02/19/10 - 04:31 pm
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th.

th.

dani
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dani 02/19/10 - 04:31 pm
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At least the Dims admit

At least the Dims admit payrolls are lower so tax money collected is slower than expected which has slowed growth (meaning NO growth). Seems like they do know that the economy, job, receipts are down, but they'd rather lie than tell the truth.

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