Republican hypocrisy on stimulus money

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    Oct 18, 2010 1:39 AM GMT
    "Rep. Pete Sessions, the firebrand conservative from Dallas, Texas, has relentlessly assailed the Democratic-passed stimulus law as a wasteful "trillion dollar spending spree" that was "more about stimulating the government and rewarding political allies than growing the economy and creating jobs."

    But that didn’t stop the Republican lawmaker from reaching his hand out behind the scenes to seek stimulus money for the suburb of Carrollton after the camera lights went dark and the GOP campaign against the 2009 stimulus law quieted down.

    The affluent city’s rail project is “shovel-ready,” Sessions wrote Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in February, urging his cabinet agency to give “full and fair consideration” to the city’s request for $81 million in stimulus money, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. Ironically, his letter suggested the project would create jobs, undercutting the very public argument he has made against the stimulus.

    “Carrollton’s project will create jobs, stimulate the economy, improve regional mobility and reduce pollution,” the lawmaker wrote.

    When asked about the letter, Sessions suggested to the Center that he did not want his “strong, principled objection to the bill to prevent me” from getting his congressional district its share of the massive spending pot.

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    Oct 18, 2010 1:52 AM GMT
    “What I have not done is allow my strong, principled objection to the bill to prevent me 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.”

    If it's so critical why vote against it?
    It's only called pork when it's in other people's districts. Classic.
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    Oct 19, 2010 12:44 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidI'm not so sure this is hypocrisy.

    The bill passed, everyone else in America is getting funds.... to deny his constituents would seem to be a dereliction of duty.


    ...... stated with hypocrisy icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 19, 2010 3:54 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidI'm not so sure this is hypocrisy.

    The bill passed, everyone else in America is getting funds.... to deny his constituents would seem to be a dereliction of duty.


    Actually, not only is it hypocritical but the letters requesting those funds directly say they will spur economic activity and create jobs. So then, how did the stimulus not spur economic activity and create jobs? They are a bunch of lying, thieving bastards.
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    Oct 19, 2010 4:01 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Christian73 said
    southbeach1500 saidI'm not so sure this is hypocrisy.

    The bill passed, everyone else in America is getting funds.... to deny his constituents would seem to be a dereliction of duty.


    Actually, not only is it hypocritical but the letters requesting those funds directly say they will spur economic activity and create jobs. So then, how did the stimulus not spur economic activity and create jobs? They are a bunch of lying, thieving bastards.


    OK, let's outlaw the Republican party.


    Stop being droll and explain how your Republican/Tea Party buddies can request money to create jobs in their districts and then go out in public and claim the stimulus didn't create jobs?
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    Oct 19, 2010 4:21 AM GMT
    The more thoughtful Conservative writers, at The Weekly Standard and National Review, are now warning Republicans to reconsider actually following through with some of this Tea Party plan for fiscal overhaul and attacking the Deficit.

    The Republican rhetoric has been received well by angry voters. So far those angry voters haven't asked for an actual deficit cutting plan.

    It's easy to get away with hypocrisy when so many voters are now angry, confused and simply emotional.
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    Oct 21, 2010 12:26 AM GMT
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    And he put his name in the R lower corner--completely getting credit for something he opposed.

    I would like to write such a check with other people's money.
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    Oct 21, 2010 10:13 AM GMT
    Gimme an H ..... icon_cool.gif

    No one does hypocrisy like the republicans do

    Here Mr Roy Blunt doing the Hypocrisy dance
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    John Boehner in his own words ...... thank you Mr Boehner
    Revisiting infrastructure, Boehner’s preferred type of stimulus spending, there have been 1,138 Ohio highway construction jobs in July alone fueled by the Recovery Act. And if Boehner continues to ignore Ohio officials on jobs figures, he could simply ask his own press secretary. In a little-noticed statement, Boehner’s press office praised the Obama administration for going forward with using stimulus dollars to fund “shovel-ready projects that will create much-needed jobs.”

    Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL), the GOP nominee for Senate in Illinois, signed a letter urging Gov. Pat Quinn to provide “Recovery Act (ARRA) funding to expand the Illinois Community College Sustainability Network.”

    and the list goes on and on and on ............