Is Anyone Else Refusing Obama's Money??

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Scott Walker, the county executive for Milwaukee County in WI, is refusing to submit a list of projects that could be paid for by Obama's New New Deal!  Why?  For several reasons:

1. He believes that all federal money comes with strings attached.  Whether it is mandatory guidelines on how a project must be completed or requiring additional spending at the local level to secure the funding, he feels that smaller, rather than bigger, government is the way to go.

2. He says that if local and state governments use some of this money to cover shortfalls, it is only delaying the inevitable, which is we need to reduce the size (and cost) of government so that government can live within its means.  Millions of families are relearning that lesson and committing to living within their means, governments should too!

3. He doesn't believe that the New New Deal/Stimulus package will work.  As you an guess, Executive Walker is a Republican, and his solution to this crisis is to leave more money in the hands of people that will create wealth with it, not send it to the government who will just redistribute it. 

Those who disagree with Executive Walker argue that the taxpayers of Milwaukee County have paid their share of the money to the federal government and that they should get some back.  That the money is going to spent anyway. why shouldn't Milwaukee get a share.  That standing on principle is fine, but if it hurts Milwaukee County, we can't afford to do that.  That this is just political posturing for his run for the governorship of Wisconsin.

But I thought the whole idea of standing up for what you believe is right meant that you did it no matter what the cost.  Is is OK to stand up for what's right, only when it benefits you?

What about your local and state governments? Eventually Executive Walker may be overridden as some of the Milwaukee County Executives may send in their own lists.  What would you say if your local government decided to say no?

 

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Rainer
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Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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Becky, I'd say they should look at how this bailout money has been handled.  There doesn't seem to be any strings attached to any of it!  Personally if it means that poor kids will eat, school kids will continue to get a good education, and municipal services will continue, I say he should take it.

Jan 09, 2009 04:47 AM #1
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Becky Brand
Shorewest Realtors - Oconomowoc, WI

Terry - I can understand that line of thinking.  Here's my question.  That money has to come from somewhere. Is it better for the money we pay to go from WI to the Federal Government and then back to us (losing how much in administrative and bureacratic costs?) Or is it better for us to decide locally - what's important and how are we going to fund it?  I am all for a great education and keeping people from starving - I just want it to be the most efficient way possible. 

Jan 09, 2009 04:56 AM #2
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Michelle Chamberlain
Above All Financial Services -Pennsylvania Mortgage Broker - Secane, PA
Suburban Philadelphia Mortgage Broker

That mentality of everyone else is doing it so we should too is what got us into this mess in the first place.

Jan 09, 2009 06:02 AM #3
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Pat Tasker
Shorewest Realtors - Germantown, WI
Your Milwaukee Metro Area Agent (WI)

Great post, would be nice to hear some local comments too :)

 

Jan 09, 2009 10:04 AM #4
Rainer
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Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL

Becky, unless we can figure out a way for our local tax money to stay and not go to Washington, it seems we have no choice but to take what the government gives us.

Jan 09, 2009 11:52 AM #5
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Becky Brand
Shorewest Realtors - Oconomowoc, WI

Terry - I appreciate your comments.  I know that getting involved is so necessary for change yet I wonder how that is possible with two small children and a full time career.  It is so important that I need to make room for it.  For without involvement the world my children will inherit will be much worse off.

Jan 09, 2009 01:04 PM #6
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Becky Brand
Shorewest Realtors - Oconomowoc, WI

Above All Financial Services - the question is - how do we get people to take back their personal responsibility?  Has no one ever read Atlas Shrugged?  How long can we believe that a small percentage of the people can support most of the people?

Jan 09, 2009 01:11 PM #7
Rainer
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I cannot control what other people do. I can, however, let them know my opinion, but even more important than that, I can work my business and marketing plans persistently and consistently to create niche markets, niche economies, and even niche environments over which I do have control, thereby insulating me from the doom and gloom all around me. So far my tactic has gotten me through several recessions. Diversify by not putting all your eggs in one basket, and keep on working.

Feb 13, 2009 09:46 AM #8
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