Utah gets $15M from stimulus plan

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  • Give the money back!
    June 20, 2009 12:51 p.m.

    This is the kind of stuff that makes me ashamed to have been a Republican for so long. I accepted socialism from the Democrats for decades, but the GOP always gave the facade that they were the party of limited government. Such a facade isn't even transparent anymore. Republicans are just as far to the left as Obama, Biden, and Boxer.

    I will always be a Goldwater Republican, but the only way I can manifest such principles today is to register and vote Libertarian.

  • Anonymous
    June 19, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    why care about you'll never see that money anyhow.

  • seriously?
    June 19, 2009 1:52 p.m.

    Why on earth would government, and especially the federal government, pay people to replace their windows and doors? This redistribution of wealth, well, imaginary wealth that is really just long-term debt, is not only unnecessary but unreasonable.

  • What's the real cost, who pays?
    June 19, 2009 1:11 p.m.

    How many tax dollars are going to Washington to run this program back there? How much is being siphoned off as overhead for the state and many other agencies listed to "implement" this program?

    How much of the $15 million actually is spent on labor and materials in the homes as opposed to overhead?

    Finally, who is going to pay for all this "free money."

    Answer: Your grandchildren. After it becomes part of the national debt which will be financed with borrowed money for several decades. Interest rates are already climbing and will probably be 10-20% (per year) soon, on top of the $15 million principle.

    Interest on the national debt is already the second largest share of federal spending (after defense) and will soon be far more than what we pay for defense.

    Are the benefits really worth the true cost of the $15 million of "free money"?

    Ask your children and grandchildren.

  • Anonymous
    June 19, 2009 9:31 a.m.

    What's another dollar to the govenment? They will just keep funding programs and sooner or later our taxes will go up to pay for it all.

  • Feeding welfare
    June 19, 2009 6:21 a.m.

    The one segment of government that must reduce its spending on is being rolled in to welfare. Many welfare programs can be eliminated and save government millions of dollars a year.

    Then after the governor gives a pittance to these programs the majority will go to the state general funds for further waste and abuse. These funds are not for welfare and filling the holes in budget shortfalls. It is meant to stimulate jobs for consumers not government.