Say, “Thank you, President Obama”

by David Safier

This from an article about the possibility Arizona could lose $800 million in Fed Ed Stimulus money because we cut $150 million from higher ed:

But Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, said unless the final rules differ substantially — or Arizona can get a waiver — the state will have no choice but to restore the cash to the universities.

"I'm certainly not going to give up the stimulus money," he said, saying the amount Arizona will get far exceeds any obligations to provide more funds for higher education.

"It's fairly clear we need to give the money back" to the universities, Senate President Bob Burns, R-Peoria, agreed.

Kavanagh and Burns, I imagine, hate the Stimulus Bill like their Republican brethren in Congress. And weren't they among those who said they wouldn't accept the money if it had too many strings?

Conservatives like to tell us, accepting handouts weakens your character. By that logic, Arizona should pull itself up by its own bootstraps and Just Say No to Obama's welfare dollars.

Or if they take it, say, "Thank you, President Obama." It's just being polite.

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