Federal dollars

This week, I read and hear about Atlanta getting a 10-million dollar federal grant to hire more firefighters.    Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and others were delighted.  I’m guessing that similar grants are going to many other communities in the United States.  No one seems to question how these grants may affect the attempt to balance the federal budget and reduce the national debt.     From the grantees perspective, there seems to be a non-ending supply of federal dollars.  Is that true?   Can the federal government just keep on printing and/or borrowing as much money as it wants?  Maybe there is a federal dollars fairy.    Local leaders don’t have to understand the fairy as long as the money doesn’t come from the local budget.  Is it any wonder local governments are reluctant to look a gift horse in the mouth?

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