McCain defends Kyl’s comments that stimulus isn’t doing anything, then freaks over threat to take Arizona’s stimulus money away

But if the stimulus isn’t doing anything, and is a big waste of money, then why are McCain and Kyl freaking out over the administration’s offer to take its stimulus money back? I’d almost say John McCain was confused, but that’s so last year.

All kidding aside, this is great. Obama is playing hardball, and defending the stimulus package, as I’ve been arguing he needs to:

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is standing up for his colleague Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., under heavy fire from President Barack Obama’s administration and national Democrats for suggesting that Congress should cut off future economic stimulus spending.

Kyl maintains this year’s stimulus law isn’t working as advertised and argues that taxpayers shouldn’t have to stay on the hook for money that hasn’t been spent or won’t be spent until years from now.

On Monday, four Obama Cabinet secretaries sent letters to Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer asking if she, too, wanted to shut off the spigot of federal stimulus cash.

“I believe the stimulus has been very effective in creating job opportunities throughout the country,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wrote to Brewer. “However, if you prefer to forfeit the money we are making available to the state, as Senator Kyl suggests, please let me know.”


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