Wednesday, February 04, 2009
One of my New Year's resolutions, which I never did get around to posting here, was to more fully integrate, both in my life and on this blog, the various areas of my life--religious, political, etc. In that spirit, I share with you a video of an interview with one governor who gets it. Mark Sanford is the Governor of South Carolina, a Republican, and one of the truest conservatives on the political scene today. The video is about 11 minutes long, and details his views on the "stimulus package" currently being proposed by the Federal Government. I encourage everyone to watch this, because Gov. Sanford makes a whole lot of sense in a time of seemingly senseless politics.
I agree with most of what he said and want to know where he was and if he spoke up when the Bush administration was borrowing so much money from China and giving Wall St. all that money without any guidelines. The lack of regulation, greed, and cronyism has a lot to do with what got us into this financial disaster, not to mention starting a war on misinformation and lying to us about it. But I won't go there.
Gov. Stanford said exactly that about the loans from China and the way they are spending the bail-out money, which they got before January. Obama has and will make mistakes, but what was refreshing to hear was that he acknowledged it and apologized. Something W never did and would have made me feel better if he had.
They need to spend money on the infrastructure, which would make us safer on bridges, roads, and from levies and would give people jobs building and repairing them. Those stimulus checks we got didn't help anyone or the economy.
Things are in such a mess that it's going to take many years to get out of it.
After 9/11, all of us here and in the rest of the world were ready to do anything we could and help in any way, but W blew it and said to go shopping. That was a missed opportunity and a huge turning point where the world turned against us.
I didn't hear that many suggestions from Gov. Sanford about what he thought should be included in the stimulus package but several things to be eliminated from it. Again, why hasn't he spoken up before?