“I’ll let Warren County go broke before taking any of Obama’s filthy money,” Commissioner Mike Kilburn said.
ODOT spokesman Scott Varner said the money was specifically for transit improvements in rural areas to improve transportation for disabled people, seniors and others needing access to health care and educational opportunities.
“I’m tired of paying for people who don’t have,” Kilburn said. “As Reagan said, ‘Government is not the answer, it’s the problem.'”
If these was about some honest difference of opinion on spending priorities or general fiscal policy Kilburn would have a record of cosistancy when it comes to rejecting federal funds. The “Obama’s filthy money” tells the tale. Kilborn was happy to take federal money when it was Bush’s filthy money. He ranted about getting federal funds for a fence to keep out illegal aliens.
In 2002, when Dick Cheney was putting together plans for another round of tax cuts for the wealthy, Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill tried to dissuade him, noting that in less than a year the administration had already turned the $400 billion Clinton surplus into a $158 billion deficit.
“I worry that we’re seeing a situation or this administration not only committing us the huge deficits for the future, but is also redefining that relationship between government, on the one hand, and the private sector on the other.”
Cheney’s reply would become infamous. “Reagan proved deficits don’t matter,” he said, according to O’Neill’s account of the exchange.
Reagan went off the deep end, slashing taxes without any reduction in spending. Seeing that the federal budget was tanking, he changed course and ended up increasing taxes. Not to credit Reagan, Democrats in Congress and a few Republicans capable of basic math pointed out to Ronnie that his legacy would be badly damaged if he left the economy in shambles. Cheney and Bush took Reagan’s course and said damn the consequences. Now Cheney is out of office and his administration’s legacy is the worse economic crisis in 80 years. Cheney and Company having burned down the barn, thinks it is irresponsible to rebuild it,
CHENEY: [In] the course here of trying to fix the downturn in the economy, that admittedly a lot of people are concerned about, we need to address — although we have had downturns before — I worry that we’re seeing a situation or this administration not only committing us the huge deficits for the future, but is also redefining that relationship between government, on the one hand, and the private sector on the other.
And I think we have to be very, very cautious. I think we’ve gone beyond what reasonably we could expect by way of intrusion into the private sector.
Its nice to see an man of Cheney’s year suddenly have an epiphany about governance, including the realization to be cautious and prudent in one’s judgments. Too bad that, besides being blatantly dishonest, he did not govern that way when he had the chance.