Now I feel really, really reassured. Joe “don’t mess with me” Biden has been appointed to keep everyone on the straight and narrow as the Feds begin tossing $800 billion about the U.S. with wild abandon. After all, he’s a tough guy and those local pols will be afraid that he will … embarrass them. Really.
President Obama said last night that he put Vice President Biden in charge of the White House’s oversight effort on the implementation of stimulus funds because “nobody messes with Joe.”
The line got a huge laugh from the Members of Congress in the House Chamber, who are familiar with the loquacious Blue Hen from his decades as a senator from Delaware, and made Biden grin and blush in his seat behind the president.
As he kicks off the first oversight session on the stimulus funds, Biden put states on notice this morning that the White House is not going to sit back and do nothing if stimulus funds are misused.
“In some cases we can withdraw the money we can hold them accountable. And in other places we’ll just use the television, the radio and the media to embarrass them for not doing what their’ supposed to do,” Biden said to Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts.
Yes, those governors, mayors, state legislators, county commissioners, and city councilmen who think they’ve died and gone to heaven with all the money that’s about to start pouring in will run in fear from Big Joe. Who, the National Taxpayers Union tells us, received a 4 percent on its 2007 spending ranking. That’s an F if you’re from the modern theory of grading, which passes everyone, no matter how bad. It seems that while in the Senate Big Joe rarely found a dollar that he didn’t want to waste. How hard do you think he’s going to work to stop other people from wasting it?
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