Saturday, March 7, 2009

Tell Governors to Get Out of the Way

One part of the stimulus package provides money for states to extend unemployment benefits.

However, these six Republican governors:
  • Bobby Jindal (LA)
  • Bob Riley (AL)
  • Mark Sanford (SC)
  • Rick Perry (TX)
  • Sarah Palin (AK)
  • Haley Barbour (MS)
want to block this assistance from reaching the people. They think that by turning down the funds, they are hurting President Obama. All six governors have threatened to turn down these funds.

If withholding benefits from the needy is not enough, there is an ugly thread of racism running through this issue. Black unemployment is at least twice that of white unemployment in all six states. In Louisiana and Mississippi, the unemployment rate among black people approaches three times the rate of white unemployment.

Four of these governors will be presidential contenders in 2012. I believe, they are already toadying up to party officials and grabbing media attention instead of governing their states for the next four years. Tell these Republican governors to stop putting their political interests above the good of all the people they supposedly represent.

1 comment:

utsukushii1989 said...

Cool~ I never new about this Color of change Organization. Its great that anyone can do a petition. I hope we also have this site for our government to hear us,

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