Jindal considers ‘crazy’ alternative

JINDAL CONSIDERS ‘CRAZY’ ALTERNATIVE…. Last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), after railing against the economic stimulus package, said he would nevertheless support federal funds going to his home state. “[Y]es, South Carolina needs help,” Graham told CNN. Asked whether state officials should “take the money,” even in a bill he strongly disapproves of, Graham replied, “I think that, yes, from my point of view, I — you don’t want to be crazy here.”

As it turns out, Graham doesn’t want to be “crazy,” and turn down federal recovery funds in the midst of an economic collapse, but that doesn’t mean some of his Republican colleagues have rejected the “crazy” option altogether.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate, has suggested his state may not be interested in all of the roughly $4 billion allotted to it in the economic stimulus package to be signed by President Obama today.

“We’ll have to review each program, each new dollar to make sure that we understand what are the conditions, what are the strings and see whether it’s beneficial for Louisiana to use those dollars,” Jindal said, according to CBS affiliate WWLTV.

Satyam Khanna added, “Louisiana faces a possible $2 billion budget shortfall next year, and the state is being hit hard by unemployment.”

I’d be very surprised if Jindal actually follows through on this — he has some real responsibilities to real families who are suffering — but that he’d even talk about rejecting recovery funds is kind of scary.

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