Back in February, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in part because she said the bill “doesn’t actually stimulate.” Today, however, in an early move in the 2010 Republican primary for Texas governor, Hutchison attacked incumbent Gov. Rick Perry for turning down the very stimulus money she believed would do nothing for the economy:
“Governor Perry recklessly turned down the federal unemployment insurance money,” Hutchison said. “He never even looked at cutting the ridiculous federal strings attached to that money like I would have done. He didn’t even attempt to negotiate a way to relieve employers from a tax increase while helping Texans affected by the economic downturn.
“But now, because of a purely political decision to turn down UI funding, Texas has to go into debt and beg the federal government for a $650 million loan,” she said. “And like all loans, this one has to be paid back. And who will pay it back? Texas businesses and hard-working taxpayers already facing enormous hardships.
“It’s not conservative. It’s irresponsible.”
Perry, of course, originally opposed the stimulus, but was recently forced to ask the federal government for a $170 million loan to cover unemployment insurance.
Heh-heh. She said "reckless".
So to be fair, there is a difference between a senator and a governor saying (or voting) no on this matter. When a senator votes no to the stimulus plan, they were voting to kill it before it even got out of the gate.
When a governor says no to stimulus money that has already been approved for distribution, he's just being an idiot for refusing free federal grant dollars which the state and their taxpayers will have to pay back anyway as part of the national debt, regardless of whether they took the money or not.
So the difference is that what Governor MoFo is doing -- besides acting ignorantly -- is worse for Texas then what Hutchison did (hypocrisy notwithstanding).
I am confident, however, that the morons who vote regularly in the Texas Republican primary will not understand this, and instead reward Perry for "bein' true to conservative principles".
You're still not making up any ground, Kay.
Update: Eye on Williamson links to Rachel Maddow's takedown, points out the embarrassment, and suggests that it still might be OK for Kay to get to Austin. I don't agree with that part, but I sure like the way he makes his point.