David Perdue has sat in the board of Alliant Energy since 2001. Since 2009, when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act began kicking, that company and its subsidiaries have garnered $3.4 million worth of stimulus funding.
He’s against that type of federal outlay now, of course. In fact, his businessman approach that will rein in government spending is the centerpiece of his campaign. I assume he’ll portray this as his job was merely stopping by the boardroom for an occasional massage, and one day Obama stopped by with $3.4 million dollars and it would be rude not to take it.
The above video is courtesy of theHill.
Applying for (because there is a lot of work that goes into getting stimulus funds, which was probably a pretty high level endeavor for Alliant) and receiving stimulus funds was likely the right decision by Perdue’s company. His utilitarian approach paid off in that instance. Unfortunately for him, Republican voters aren’t utilitarians. They have a much more deontological approach. They are investing six years into someone and would like to think that whatever he is saying now will be good for that entire time. Unfortunately for him, his views seem to have a two-year half life.
Being flexible with your views can be an important trait. I remember learning that in college. Or perhaps it was when I was living overseas…