Governors and Mayors of various cities and states across the U.S. are testifying before Congress on the need or lack thereof for a stimulus package to help aid the struggling governments. In particular, our own Governor Patterson is testifying along with Republican governor Sanford of North Carolina. I couldn’t help noticing this:
The New York governor reiterated statements he made Tuesday: that his state faces a $47 billion deficit by 2012 because of overspending, the Wall Street meltdown and the recession. He repeated his projection that 160,000 New Yorkers will lose their jobs as a result of the recent downturn.
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Rangel and other committee members grilled Sanford for opposing a federal stimulus package, saying that the economy needs a federal cash injection. But Sanford said that states and municipalities should take responsibility for their own financial affairs, making budget cuts instead of relying on federal support.
“Its always easier to spend somebody else’s money,” said Sanford.
Ah, indeed. Someone else’s money. So, here’s a question: how much federal tax money – originating from New York on Wall Street – was used to clean up how many hurricanes in North Carolina? Just asking.