Republican Hypocrisy

Discussion in 'Politics' started by owusu, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. owusu


    Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Alabama Republicans Jo Bonner and Robert Aderholt took to the U.S. House floor in July, denouncing the Obama administration’s stimulus plan for failing to boost employment. “Where are the jobs?” each of them asked.

    Over the next three months, Bonner and Aderholt tried at least five times to steer stimulus-funded transportation grants to Alabama on grounds that the projects would help create thousands of jobs.

    They joined more than 100 congressional Republicans and several Democrats who, after voting against the stimulus bill, wrote Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood seeking money from $1.5 billion the plan set aside for local road, bridge, rail and transit grants. The $862 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed last year with no Republican votes in the House and three in the Senate.

    Bonner said opposing the stimulus doesn’t mean he shouldn’t help Alabama projects compete for grants. “It is my role to ensure that their request is considered by the federal agency,” he said in an e-mail.

    Alan Simpson, a former Republican senator from Wyoming named by President Barack Obama as co-chairman of a new deficit- reduction commission, said about-faces on government funding aren’t surprising.

    “It’s the original sin of Washington -- it’s hypocrisy,” Simpson said. “You can’t do that then say you go out and cut the other stuff.”

    Aderholt “believed that the Alabama taxpayers should be able to benefit from the programs that their tax dollars paid for,” spokesman Darrell Jordan said.


    Obama, during a Feb. 19 speech to the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, said congressional critics are calling the stimulus a “boondoggle” while “making appearances at ribbon-cuttings” for local projects financed by the bill. “They’re trying to vote against their cake and eat it, too,” he said.

    The Transportation Department, at the request of Bloomberg News, released almost 300 pages of letters supporting applications for grants from the Recovery Act’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program, known as Tiger. On Feb. 17, a year after Obama signed the stimulus law, the Transportation Department announced 51 projects that would get Tiger funding.

    House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio said the Recovery Act’s anniversary “marks one year of broken promises, bloated government and wasteful spending.”

    Where Are Jobs?

    The National Republican Congressional Committee, led by Texas Representative Pete Sessions, released a video montage of clips edited to show a series of news anchors and commentators asking “Where are the jobs?”

    Sessions, who called the stimulus “a massive spending binge by the Democrat-controlled Congress,” wrote LaHood three times last September and October. Sessions promoted four projects, including a Dallas streetcar line he said “will create jobs in the region and improve the quality of life for North Texans.” The project got $23 million.

    Sessions, in an e-mail, called the stimulus an “abject failure” and said he’d vote against it again if he could.

    The lawmaker said his objections don’t keep him “from asking federal agencies for their full consideration of critical infrastructure and competitive grant projects for North Texas when asked to do so by my constituents.” Sessions has written agencies supporting six other grants, spokeswoman Emily Davis said.

    ‘Vital’ to Economy

    Indiana Republican Steve Buyer, who last year called the stimulus bill a “sham,” wrote LaHood -- a former Republican congressman from Illinois -- to seek $80 million for a highway construction project that “is vital to the economic health of North Central Indiana.” At the end of the letter Buyer wrote: “Ray, appreciate your personal attention. Steve.”

    Calls to Buyer’s office seeking comment weren’t returned.

    Obama sold the stimulus plan on a promise to create or save about 3.5 million jobs over two years. In the past year, the U.S. has lost more than 3 million jobs. The administration says the Recovery Act prevented even greater joblessness.

    Some of the seven House Democrats who voted against the stimulus bill have joined the line for transportation grants.

    North Carolina Representative Heath Shuler and colleagues in that state’s delegation sought money for an interstate- highway bridge they said would “create or sustain 900 direct or indirect jobs.” Idaho Representative Walt Minnick backed requests for federal help for a Boise streetcar system and other highway or bridge projects.

    Stimulus Bashing

    Alabama Representative Parker Griffith, who has since switched to the Republican Party, wrote to support railway construction near Muscle Shoals.

    Nine months before this year’s congressional elections, Republicans may be benefiting from stimulus bashing, polls show.

    South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, in a Feb. 17 statement, said it’s the Democrats who are playing politics. “No amount of political spin will change the fact the bill created more government than jobs and dramatically increased our national debt,” he said.

    Graham, on Sept. 11, wrote LaHood asking for $360 million to improve Interstate 73 near Myrtle Beach. The construction funding “is expected to create 5,789 new jobs in the I-73 corridor region,” said the letter, one of a dozen grant pitches signed by Graham.

    Spokesman Kevin Bishop said Graham supported a smaller stimulus program including highway infrastructure funding and tax cuts, and never opposed the spending he advocated.

    “We have to pay it back, so we might as well ensure that we get our share of the money,” Bishop said.

    Oklahoma Representative Tom Cole opposed the stimulus a year ago, calling it a “recipe for disaster” instead of a road to recovery.

    ‘Catalyst’ for Jobs

    In September, Cole sought funding for a grant to help develop an international trade center on a 2,700-acre industrial park, a project he called “a catalyst for the potential creation” of almost 30,000 jobs. “It is with pleasure that I write this letter in support of the Ardmore Development Authority,” Cole wrote. Cole didn’t comment on the request after a series of e-mails to his office.

    Texas Republican Representative Kay Granger wrote in support of six proposals, including a toll-road project in the suburbs of Dallas and Fort Worth that she said “would create approximately 3,500 jobs in the local community.”

    On the stimulus anniversary, Granger put out a statement condemning “government waste at its worst” and “unmanageable” federal debt. “Stimulus-style spending has not created jobs, but it has certainly grown our national debt over the last year,” she said.

    Federal Aid

    On the same day, the government announced $20 million of stimulus funding and a $400 million federal loan for the toll- road project.

    Matt Leffingwell, a spokesman for Granger, said in an e- mail that the lawmaker didn’t see infrastructure funding as a focus of the stimulus bill.

    And, because the federal funding didn’t arrive until the past week, Leffingwell said “it is still premature for the administration to claim that this project has, in fact, created jobs.”

    Only 6 percent of Americans said they think the stimulus has created jobs, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll earlier this month. About 40 percent said the federal program will create jobs at some point, and almost half don’t expect any new jobs.

    In a fundraising letter, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said Republicans know the Recovery Act is creating jobs “but they think attacking it will bring them victory” in November.

    To contact the reporters on this story: Alison Fitzgerald in Washington at; Justin Blum in Washington at
    Last Updated: February 22, 2010 00:01 EST
  2. Who cares? As long as joe six pack does not know!!! Just need to get Obama to fail.
  3. patoo


    Which is why I left the Republican party after 40 years. Whoever is left are a bunch of Southern rednecks!

    Make that Southern Racist Rednecks!

    (I thought this was supposed to be in politics/religion)
  4. just republicans?

  5. owusu


    idiot, if he fails America fails, and I don't think he'll fail. Why not move out of the country.
  6. This is a silly debate.
    Your saying that only Democrats should get any stimulus money. That claim has been made.
    So you're saying Congressmen only get projects or benefits for bills they voted on. I might be for that ,it would expose a lot of cover votes to make a congressman look good back home.

    Under your theory if a Congressman votes against welfare benefits his constituents should not get them.

    When you lose a vote it is honorable to commit to the winning side and go along with the policy.
  7. Just because some in the party don't like minorities does not mean we are all racist Rednecks!! They are the reason the majority is struggling now. They getting all the contracts and free grants.

  8. This our country, that's why I'm not going to move. We going to take our country back from the elite!

  9. 151


    If this guy is a republican I am santy clause.
  10. 151


    This entire thread is suspect.
    #10     Feb 22, 2010