Governor Bob McDonnell: “So What if the Country Defaults? Oh, Wait, This Affects ME”
For a year or two after Obama’s stimulus package, the funniest/sickest cliché was the reactions of hundreds of two-faced politicians. Out of one side of their mouths, the stimulus was “a waste of taxpayers’ money,” “a government takeover,” “socialism.” Out of the other side, each and every one of these two-faced assholes was videotaped taking part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a local project that was Made POSSIBLE by that commie stimulus package.
And now there’s a new variation: politicians who insist it’s “no big deal” if the country defaults for the first time in history. “That’ll teach those tax-and-spend Democrats to start living within their means.” And then suddenly, dots get connected, two and two get put together and — dingdingdingdingding — “Oh My God, if we default, that will affect My state, My district!!!”
Governor Bob McDonnell (R—Slow) has been jolted awake. Virginia’s credit rating is in jeopardy because of the debt crisis.
Several months ago the pre-Enlightened Bob McDonnell said:
“The only way that it is appropriate to increase the debt limit, is if there is a tangible, written, irreversible set of structural reforms in spending in the United States government that makes sure we are on a downward trajectory in spending that will get us to a balanced budget much farther. If we don’t achieve those goals, then I don’t see any gain in increasing the debt limit.”
That was then. Now, Governor Einstein has found out that Virginia’s credit rating — along with that of Maryland, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Tennessee — is in jeopardy because of those states’ dependence on federal revenue. (Yes, a bit of irony here, but that’s a whole ‘nother post.) Two days ago the newly-awakened McDonnell said:
“There’s got to be a compromise, I’m not going to tell them how to do it…But they’ve got to get this done immediately or the uncertainty for the business community is going to be just devastating to our country…It’s not going to get done without some compromise and when it’s affecting states now, it’s creating great uncertainty, there’s massive unhappiness with the federal government generally over its inability to do the basic things that government needs to do.“