Great Moments In GOP Hypocrisy

February 18th, 2009at 07:49pm Posted by Eli

I think this is some kind of corollary to the everything-is-always-good-for-Republicans rule – Republicans can apparently take credit for whatever they want, even if they were bragging and high-fiving each other for unanimously opposing it just a few days ago.

  • Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-09) – “Luetkemeyer said the project is considered ‘shovel ready’ and that’s what the economy needs. President Darrell Krueger and Luetkemeyer discussed the educational benefits of the economic stimulus package.” [KTVO-TV, 2/17/09]
  • Representative Don Young (AK-AL) – “Alaskan Congressman Don Young won a victory for the Alaska Native contracting program and other Alaska small business owners last night in H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [Congressman Don Young’s Press Release; 2/13/09]
  • Representative Ken Calvert (CA-44) – “All of us in the Inland Empire will do what we can to direct as much money as we can.” [The Press Enterprise; 2/13/09]
  • Representative John Mica (FL-07) – “I applaud President Obama’s recognition that high-speed rail should be part of America’s future,” [Congressman John Mica Press Release; 2/13/09]

Wow.  I particularly like the Don Young press release which goes beyond, “This is great for us and we’ll try to nab as much of that money we voted against as we can,” all the way to outright claiming passage of the bill he opposed as a “victory.”  He must really think Alaskans are stupid.

But wait, there’s more!

Under the terms of the stimulus plan signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama, infrastructure projects that are “shovel-ready” could be the first to be funded with economic recovery money.That’s the hope of Rep. Leonard Lance, R-Clinton Township, who toured the project’s construction sites Tuesday morning with Mayor Carey Pilato, members of the Green Brook Flood Control Commission and representatives of the Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the project.

“This is a classic example of a “shovel-ready’ project,” Lance said after the tour.

Once again, the message is, “Let’s not dwell on who voted for what, and instead focus on how we can try to take advantage of the bill that I and my entire caucus unanimously opposed.”

And it’s not just Republican Representatives:

However, today Bond is touring Missouri to tout the very stimulus plan he railed against. In a press release, Bond boasted about an amendment he included in the bill to provide more funding for affordable housing — and that will create jobs:

Last week, Bond led a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing an amendment to help provide needy families affordable housing. Bond’s amendment provides $2 billion to fund low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) projects that have been stalled by the financial credit crisis. As part of the Democrats’ spending bill now signed into law, the Senate unanimously accepted Bond’s provision. […]

This provision will have a real impact in Missouri, especially for low-income, working families in need of safe and affordable housing. … Bond’s amendment will save more than 700 housing units and create 3,000 new jobs in Missouri.

“This is the type of emergency stimulus spending we should be supporting — programs that will create jobs now and help families,” Bond said.

If it weren’t such a worthy-sounding cause, I would be asking why Bond was allowed to insert an amendment to a bill he never intended to vote for.  So instead I’ll ask why he voted against a bill containing an amendment he championed.

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