Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Denying the Trough Where They Feed

I never could understand Republican logic.  At the same time that they claim that ‘the stimulus’ is a failure, they not only grovel for stimulus money, but also take credit for what they opposed.

GOPigs-stimulus Every Republican in the House and nearly every Republican Senator voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as the stimulus). Although the Congressional Budget Office has credited the stimulus with creating up to 1.6 million jobs, the same GOP politicians who opposed the stimulus have attempted to justify their opposition to the policy by smearing it as a failure. But as ThinkProgress has documented, the same politicians are returning to their districts to take credit for the economic success of the stimulus.

In the past month, several more GOP lawmakers went home to their district to praise and claim credit for successful stimulus programs:

– Earlier this month, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) called the stimulus a “large-scale failure,”  [GOPig delinked] but last week hailed a stimulus program in Frankford, Missouri as “critical.” Referring to a $330,000 loan and $313,900 grant authorized by the stimulus, Luetkemeyer said, “Clearly, the 328 residents of Frankford will benefit from this grant and I appreciate the USDA’s willingness to help this community.” In September, Luetkemeyer requested $100 million from the stimulus for a road project in Missouri.

– On his campaign website, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) features his opposition to the “pork-filled”[GOPig Delinked]  stimulus. However, on his congressional website, McCaul features a story from earlier this month about a largely stimulus-funded project to expand Highway 36 in Texas. In the story, he is thanked for “taking this project to the next phase of reality.”[GOPig Delinked] Noting its importance, McCaul says the highway expansion will “cut down on fatal crashes and ensure commerce can continue to move efficiently through Austin County and the rest of this important region.”

– On December 16th, Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) sent out a press release hailing $1,044,140 in stimulus money Carroll County school system, while crediting himself for securing the money. “I am pleased that our office was able to assist them in obtaining these funds,” noted Davis in the release. On the same day, Davis blasted a separate release claiming that the stimulus had “failed.”

Of course, Luetkemeyer, McCaul, and Davis voted against the stimulus. Congressional Republican leadership, who helped corral partisan opposition to the Recovery Act, are also shamelessly attacking the stimulus while requesting stimulus money… [emphasis original]

Inserted from <Think Progress>

This isn’t the first time and this isn’t the last.  You folks who live in districts with a GOP Rep. should consider keeping track of stimulus money going to your district and publicly exposing your pig every time he or she tries to take credit for it.


JUDI M. said...

Sorta like when John Boehner said he thought the stimulus was a waste of money. "I can't see any evidence of it being put to work any in my state,"' or something like that. Where I live there are signs along the road stating the improvements are from the TARP fund. Along 75 and 675 everybody is complaining about "all the construction going on everywhere" now. Just saying.......

TOM said...

The next time a politician says he will not raise your taxes, ask him why he wants to bankrupt America.

When the federal government offers to give back to your State the taxes you paid in, ask your leaders why they would say NO.

Because that money has to be used for certain purposes. Isn't that the way it works, and has always worked?

I guess Republican Stat leaders will only take that money if it helps them remain in power. Right, like the average citizen cares about his employment.

Oso said...

Tom is a smart guy. What he just said.
I'm sure a lot of the Repubs are just plain stupid, the rest are stuck cause they can't admit the actions of a Black Democrat utilizing a govt fiscal solution have been successful.

TomCat said...

They're (GOP) just hypocrites, Judi. I know construction is a pain, but those paychecks help the local economy.

Tom, the Repuglicans refuse to take tiny portions of the money for political theatre. Most they take, but they try to disguise that it's stimulus money. Instead they lie, and say they got it for the state.

Oso, I wouldn't call it successful yet, but it's far better than it would be without it.

Lisa G. said...

They lie all the time? Shocked, I'm just stunned.

TomCat said...

Stunned, my... nevermind ;-)