Todays number: 112

That is the number of Rethug and Democrap Senators and House Reps that have so far tried to take credit for the Recovery Act advances in their districts, yet voted against it in DC. From 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.” (emphasis mine)

Ain’t that some shit? Alan Simpson is calling it what it is…HYPOCRISY. Now, check out the ThinkProgress article on  this same issue. From the ThinkProgress writeup:

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) Said Stimulus Funds Would Create “Much Needed Jobs.” Minority Leader Boehner: “The stated intent of the so-called stimulus package was to create jobs, and certainly a $57 million slush-fund studying projects did nothing to achieve that goal. With Ohio’s unemployment rate the highest it’s been in 25 years, I’m pleased that federal officials stepped in to order Ohio to use all of its construction dollars for shovel-ready projects that will create much-needed jobs.” [Boehner Statement, 6/15/09]

-Congressman Boehner Voted Against The Recovery Package Twice [Roll Call Vote #46; Roll Call Vote #70]
-Congressman Boehner Regularly Blasts The Stimulus And Instructed His Caucus To Oppose It. [Huffington Post, 1/27/09]

Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) Held A Job Fair Where Nearly Half The 30 Organizations Received Stimulus Funds; Cantor Also Supported Using Stimulus Funds To Build A Washington To Richmond Rail. Washington Post: “For months, Democrats have dubbed U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia a hypocrite for strongly opposing the federal stimulus package only to promote aspects of it later. Here’s the latest example: Nearly half of the 30 organizations participating in a job fair Cantor is holding Monday in Culpeper were recipients of the stimulus…In the summer, Cantor came under fire after he talked about his support of using stimulus money to build a rail project from Washington to Richmond.” [Washington Post Virginia Blog, 11/18/09]
– Congressman Eric Cantor Voted Against The Recovery Package Twice [Roll Call Vote #46; Roll Call Vote #70]

Simply wonderful right?  I do love how the Rethugs and the DINO’s think bashing, then touting at home, the Recovery Act will get them reelected. Personally, I really hope the voters in all those districts have the ability to see through the fuckery. I also hope that left-of-center candidates can unseat the bastards…..both the Rethugs and the DINO’s.

Crossposted at Sirens Chronicles

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Posted on February 22, 2010, in DINO's, hypocrisy, Recovery Act, Republican hypocrisy, Republicans. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Can you say “PORK”.
    Most constituents despise Congress. Unless of course it is their CongressCritter that brings home the bacon. It is the system that is broken. The problem with the stimulus was that it was not BIG enough Or FAST ENOUGH.

  2. Vote no, then make a grab for the money. Of course this was going to happen.

    What I would like to see, just for one year, is the neo-cons to get their way. Then wealthy states like Florida will stop sending money to poor states like Alabama and Mississippi. When some shit splat town in the woods needs a water treatment plant – local taxes can pay for 100% of it. No more federal bucks.

    Road projects can be funded 100% with state taxes!

    To take it even further, let local taxes remain in the area they came from. So all the Florida Lottery money raised in Miami would stay with Dade County schools. All hotel taxes raised in Dade County would stay in Dade County. All road tolls raised in Dade County would stay in Dade COunty.

    We would be better off, the red counties in bum fuck Florida would go broke. But that is what they want right??

    Please – oh please – let this happen. Then the neo-con bullshit would just end. Once the neo-con states go broke, without the welfare they get from the “liberal” big cities.

  3.  This is also an indictment of the rank and file hypocritical republican voter.  Government largesse is evil unless a rich republican is getting it.   They raise hell if an inner city school is getting new chalkboards. But rich corporations beter get their share.    These selfish, greedy bastards have zero shame.

  4. I think they figure that their constituents won't learnb the truth.

  5. It's too bad that our elected officials in Congress don't spend as much time trying to get things done (you know, that little thing they were elected to do) as they do with their ridiculous political posturing.  Maybe if we just gave them all just a year-long non-repeatable term they would actually worry more about doing their jobs than making back door corporate deals or getting re-elected.  Nah, probably not.  They'd still screw it up.

  6. National Term limits might help too Tom. But there is a down side to that as well.

  7. So they think their constituents are dumb as a box of hammers TomCat? 😉

  8. Ding, Ding, Ding…We have a winner Truth101! A true indictment of the rightwing voters. It's all about the “I got mine, fuck the rest of ya” crowd.

  9. Lazy!!! I always appreciate your pov dude, and I agree with what you said.

  10. All the Economists say the same thing RZ…it simply was a drop in the bucket.

  11. Not only do they think it, Dusty, they depend on it.  They spend $millions to keep it thst way.

  12. The imposition of term limits like that would make it to where no one would run for office.

    Hey, maybe that's a good idea!

  13. Well, in the final analysis, I guess their supporters are about as smart as a box of hammers…who the fuck votes against their own self-interests?

  14. Hey, maybe that's a good idea! Then only people who care about America and it's inhabitants would run for office.

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