On Monday, Republican Governor Pawlenty of Minnesota, revealed his budget for 2010.
He proposes to cut $250 million from aid to cities and counties and 347 million from Health and Human Services programs. He is lowering taxes for businesses.
The most interesting feature of Pawlenty's budget is the fact that over 1/3 of the money is Federal Stimulus Funds. The money made available by the Stimulus act that Pawlenty has made a career out of opposing.
He's not alone. After Voting To Kill Recovery, 110 GOP Lawmakers tout its success and ask for more money
Sen. Kit Bond Today marks the one year anniversary of President Obama signing into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus. As the economy continued to crater after President Bush left office, Obama’s stimulus sought to provide tax cuts for 95% of working Americans, funds to buoy cash-strapped state governments, new construction and infrastructure projects, and other programs to create jobs, retrain workers, and promote economic activity throughout the country. In December, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the stimulus had successfully created up to 1.6 million jobs, and today, a report shows the Recovery Act will ultimately create 2.5 million jobs. Even the conservative American Enterprise Institute found that the stimulus had boosted the U.S. economy by 4 percent.
One year after the Stimulus went into effect, one year after it was passed inspite of the Republicans opposing it en mass, in spite of the fact that it probably wasn't big enough because of their oppositon, the stimulus has had its desired effect. The Party of No has tried to hide it and take credit for it and deflect the cause of the economic meltdown that made the Stimulus neccessary. The Audacity of Hypocrisy....
Individually, over half of the entire Republican caucus has hailed nearly every aspect of the stimulus as a success — from infrastructure funds, to food programs, to education grants. But politically, admitting its success might harm the GOP’s chances in November. So with Republicans fixated on winning politically, they have focused on deceiving the public by calling the stimulus a failure, while pretending successful programs aren’t stimulus funded.