Will Obama punish States

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    It is my understanding that many states will refuse what the Stimulus Package offers them. Will Obama punish these states in some way for not going along with what many of us feel is a negative thing for this country?
     
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    How exactly could he do that?
     
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    Well actually there are several ways. I recall back to the Carter years where his administration threatened to withhold federal highway funds if the 55 mph speed limits where not enforced. Emergency funding for natural disasters could be withheld as punishment. The list goes on and on.
     
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    yeah, states if your legislature and state gov can't get your act together with shovel ready programs the fed will give that money to the states that can........

    crazy...
     
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    Same way Bush punished blue states and rewarded red states.

    Want an example? Look what Bush did for Florida before Katrina hit New Orleans:

    As of noon Monday [the day after the hurricane left], in response to Hurricane Frances, FEMA and other Federal response agencies have taken the following actions:

    -- About one hundred trucks of water and 280 trucks of ice are present or will arrive in the Jacksonville staging area today. 900,000 Meals-Ready-to-Eat are on site in Jacksonville, ready to be distributed.

    -- Over 7,000 cases of food (e.g., vegetables, fruits, cheese, ham, and turkey) are scheduled to arrive in Winter Haven today. Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT) are on the ground and setting up comfort stations. FEMA community relations personnel will coordinate with DMATs to assist victims. -- Urban Search and Rescue Teams are completing reconnaissance missions in coordination with state officials.

    -- FEMA is coordinating with the Department of Energy and the state to ensure that necessary fuel supplies can be distributed throughout the state, with a special focus on hospitals and other emergency facilities that are running on generators.

    -- The Army Corps of Engineers will soon begin its efforts to provide tarps to tens of thousands of owners of homes and buildings that have seen damage to their roofs.

    -- The National Guard has called up 4,100 troops in Florida, as well as thousands in other nearby states to assist in the distribution of supplies and in preparation for any flooding.

    -- The Departments of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, and Defense together have organized 300 medical personnel to be on standby. Medical personnel will begin deployment to Florida tomorrow.

    -- FEMA is coordinating public information messages with Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and North Carolina so that evacuees from Florida can be informed when it is safe to return. -- In addition to federal personnel already in place to respond to Hurricane Charley, 1,000 additional community relations personnel are being deployed to Atlanta for training and further assignment in Florida.



    All of this aid was vitally important to Bush family political fortunes in the upcoming election of 2004. Disaster relief checks were in the mail within a week. In just the first thirteen days after Hurricane Charley hit Florida, the White House web site notes that the Bush administration had succeeded in:

    -- Registering approximately 136,000 assistance applicants
    -- Approving over 13,500 applications for more than $59 million in housing assistance

    -- Establishing 12 disaster recovery centers, which have assisted nearly 19,000 disaster victims

    -- Deploying medical teams that have seen nearly 3,000 patients

    -- Disbursing 1.2 million liters of water, 8.1 million pounds of ice, and 2 million meals and snacks

    -- Delivering over 20,000 rolls of plastic sheeting and nearly 170 generators

    -- Treating more than 2,900 individuals through FEMA Disaster Medical Assistance Teams, supporting damaged hospitals

    That, of course, was for a Republican State, with a Republican governor, the crony brother of the President. Republicans needed to act like they cared about governing, because they wanted people to vote for them three months later.
     
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    Or, instead of Bush giving states like NY the money they needed to fight terrorism, he split up the money evenly, so places like Arkansas, Tennessee & Kentucky got just as much as NY did. :cuckoo:

    As if anyone was going to attack those red neck states. The tallest buildings they have are grain feeders. :lol:
     
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    You are rapidily advancing to my pay no mind to list.

    Stop with this partisan nonsense and get it through your head both sides suck, and no, Bush didn't 'do more for Florida.' :cuckoo:
     
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    Those sounds like impeachable offenses, and would surely backfire.

    There is nothing BO could do that would not give his critcis enormous ammunition and cause the dems severe damage in the next election.
     
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    I just showed you that he did do more for Florida. See my previous post.

    PS. If you are going to insist that "both sides suck equally", then I'm going to put you on my FUCK OFF list.

    Too late, you're already on it. :eusa_hand:
     
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    What, by punishing Alabama/W. Virginia and Georgia? :lol:

    Trust me, no one in any blue state will care if Obama punishes the cock suckers who voted for McCain. Or the cock suckers that voted to kill the American auto industry.
     

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