President Obama Gains Support From G.O.P. Governors

From the New York Times
WASHINGTON — President Obama must wish governors could vote in Congress: While just three of the 219 Republican lawmakers backed the $787 billion economic recovery plan that he is signing into law on Tuesday, that trifling total would have been several times greater if support among the 22 Republican state executives counted.
Governors, unlike members of Congress, have to balance their budgets each year. And that requires compromise with state legislators, including Democrats, as well as more openness to the occasional state tax increase and to deficit-spending from Washington.

Across the country, from California’s Arnold Schwarzenegger to Florida’s Charlie Crist and New England’s Jim Douglas in Vermont and M. Jodi Rell in Connecticut, Republican governors showed in the stimulus debate that they could be allies with Mr. Obama even as Congressional Republicans spurned him.

Isn’t it funny how the Tip Of The Spear, the governors that have to make the states work, see what it really takes to get the job done, really see what it takes to help their people survive. Republican congressmen and senators have nothing to worry about but their image. Do they really worry about the American people or just their image and the image of the Republican party. What do you think?

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