Ever since assuming the mantle of the President of the United States, Barack Obama has been faced with a slew of domestic and international challenges. Recently, Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus package into law while in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, February 17. He had come across stiff Republican opposition in both houses of the United States Congress.
While Obama clashed, most of the GOP Governors have urged their fellow peers in Congress to give their support to the economic stimulus package. One of the GOP Governors giving his support would be Charlie Crist of Florida. Because of his support, Crist has received major backlash from the rest of the Republican Party. But, Crist has brushed off criticisms from his own party.
He said that it is a crisis and that everybody understands it.
In respect to the stimulus, it may seem that a number of GOP Governors may make a 180-degree turn and refuse the stimulus money. However, there has been no public rejection of the funds.
But, some of the governors are contemplating it. These governors include Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Sarah Palin of Alaska, and Rick Perry of Texas. However, nothing is official yet. They are contemplating on either accepting or rejecting the stimulus money.
Democratic Representative Jim Clyburn of South Carolina accuses them of putting their own interests before the interests of their respective states.
“No community or constituent should be denied recovery assistance due to their governor’s political ideology or political aspirations,” Clyburn said.
While there are GOP governors contemplating on rejecting the cash, Governor Crist of Florida still plans on accepting the money. He is joined by Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia and Governor Bob Riley of Alabama.
One question to be asked is: Will some of the GOP governors accept or reject the stimulus money? Another question to be asked is: Could this cause an internal conflict within the GOP?