But these were the words of a senior Obama Administration official, aimed squarely at Republican Senator Jon Kyl of
But in this case, being against the recovery act has consequences.
521 billion of them.
In a letter to Brewer from Transporation Secretary Ray LaHood, Politico reveals how the Obama Administration is not above playing a little hardball.
“‘If you prefer to forfeit the money we are making available to your state, as Sen. Kyl suggests, please let me know,’ wrote
Secretary Ray LaHood. For good measure, he attached a three-page addendum listing each of the
projects paid for by the $521 million the state is getting.” Arizona
After all, when Rick Perry just said “No” to $555 billion, well the state didn’t get that money. And that means that in two weeks, 15,000 Texans will have exhausted their unemployment benefit. A benefit that would have been extended had Perry accepted the funding.
So, what’s it going to be? Take the money, or don’t take it. But if you take it, don’t grumble about it. If it’s such a bad idea, leave the funds to be distributed to states that are more amenable to accepting a helping hand.