This irritates me. Obama in his "uhhh" press conference the other day:
"Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government. Oftentimes, cuts initiated by, you know, governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government,” he said. “And so, you know, if Republicans want to be helpful, if they really want to move forward and put people back to work, what they should be thinking about is how do we help state and local governments.” [source]
Maybe someday someone in the press will ask these simple questions:
Governors and mayors have the power to tax. Why can't they take the bold step of putting their own houses in order and not wait by the mailbox for a federal check to show up and bail them out? And why does Obama feel obligated to do for them that which they can't do for themselves?
Cities and states are hurting? Who's fault is that?
* By the way, this penchant for having the federal government shift funds to state and local governments has been around for many years. Richard Nixon instituted what he called "revenue sharing," a scheme that allowed for his government to seize tax dollars from the citizens of Roanoke, Virginia, skim off a portion to pay his many employees, and return a chunk of it - though the city government - to the people of Roanoke, Virginia. It made no sense then. It makes no sense now.