Saturday, February 21, 2009

Those Repugs are so giddy about that stimulus money they claim to have brought home, you'd think they, like, actually voted for it!

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Chris Lee (NY-26) is No. 16 -- and counting -- in the
Republican Hypocrisy Hall of Fame.

"You have absolutely no reason -- none -- to trust our word or our actions at this point."
-- Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele

This goes back a day, so the numbers are probably already out of date, especially with more members of Congress back home meeting their anxious constituents over the weekend, but yesterday Chris Lee of upstate New York became No. 16 of the DCCC's Republican Hypocrisy Hall of Fame, Republicans who "are celebrating the benefits of President Obama's economic recovery bill in their districts -- even though they voted against it in Washington."

Looking at the list, Howie points out: "And some of our faves too: Howdy Doody, the nortorious Diaz-Balart Brothers, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen . . . lots of other Florida hypocrites must have heard that voters like Charlie Crist's position more than theirs -- a lot more."

As Glenn pointed out the other day in Politico ("Nine Fla. Republicans want stim cash"), "They voted no, but they want the dough."
We're getting into broken record territory here on Republicans clamoring for stimulus money.

Nine GOP House members from Florida, all stimulus no's, joined nine of their Democratic colleagues, all yesses, in asking the feds to grant a waiver giving them access to, you guessed it, hundreds of millions in state stabilization stimulus cash.

The nine members of the Florida wing of the GOP Hypocrisy Hall of Fame, by the way, are: Adam Putnam, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Tom Rooney, Mario Diaz-Balart, Ginny Brown-Waite, Cliff Stearns, John Mica, and Bill Posey.


That's Howie's reaction to Politico's report that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal "will decline stimulus money specifically targeted at expanding state unemployment insurance coverage."
In a statement, Jindal, who is slated to give the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s message to Congress on Tuesday, expressed concern that expanding unemployment insurance coverage would lead to increased unemployment insurance taxes later on.

“The federal money in this bill will run out in less than three years for this benefit and our businesses would then be stuck paying the bill,” Jindal said. “We must be careful and thoughtful as we examine all the strings attached to the funding in this package. We cannot grow government in an unsustainable way.”

As Keith Olbermann pointed out, Louisiana has the option of phasing this out after the three-year period, and even if business wound up paying some of the cost, is that really too much to ask in return for restarting the economy? As he noted, unemployment insurance comes as close to pure stimulus as spending gets.

Politico notes that Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour also plans to turn down the unemployment-insurance money, saying in an interview Friday: “Subject to learning more, my position is that Mississippi won’t accept funds that require us to have a tax increase later, because [they would force] us to change our rules for qualifying for unemployment compensation.”

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At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it any surprise that the Repug governors who are turning down the $ represent the poorest states in the country?

At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hypocrites, yes. Right wing, no. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Lincoln Diaz-Balart were praised in a full-page New York Times advertisement (January 15, 2003) by the supporters of the Iranian Communist MEK (MKO, PMOI, NCRI, Rajavi Cult, or Pol Pot of Iran) terrorists. Only Republicans who are complete idiots or traitors would vote for these supporters of communist terrorists.

At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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