Yesterday I listened to Joe Pags interview Texas Governor Rick Perry. The left is making unusually outrageous charges against Governor Perry's refusal to take "free federal money" in order to expand Medicaid in the great state of Texas. Governor Perry responded and commented on the truth about federal grants and "free money".
How I wish more of our local municipal, county, and state officials would think and talk like Governor Perry. This is not "free money" -- it is taxpayer money funneled to Washington where they skim off "their cut" and then "return" part of it to the local authorities where it should have been collected and spent in the first place (assuming it is for a necessary and warranted use, of course). If these misallocated funds are, in turn, funneled through state level bureaucracies, those also take "their cut" before doling it down to the local level. Everybody gets their cut at the expense of the beleaguered taxpayer.
And, these grants and "handouts" always come with federal strings attached. These always require the local government to cede a part of its authority (and our liberties) to the federal bureaucracies and power brokers. It's part of why we're headed toward an all-powerful central government. Governor Perry is courageous and wise to begin refusing to step into these traps and fall for the lure of "free money". There's a nasty hook hidden inside that lure!
And let's not forget a crucial principle here. The federal government is bankrupt. They're borrowing that grant money, adding to an untenable $16.8 TRILLION debt and $123.4 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities. By taking that money, you're hastening our national demise.
Hey local officials! Listen to Rick and learn!