Monday, July 19, 2010

Republicans lie on the stimulus—and use it

The Republican Party really has no shame. There are, at last count, 114 Congressional Republicans who opposed President Obama’s economic stimulus plan who nevertheless trip all over themselves to get some of the money for their constituents.

That’s political opportunism with a dash of hypocrisy, but for the real deal, look to the Republican leadership in the US House. Perpetually orange House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who will become Speaker if the Republicans seize control in the November elections, voted against the stimulus, yet as welcomed the jobs created in his home state.

Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) raises the hypocrisy level, going on Fox “News” and other Republican media channels to constantly call the stimulus a “failure” and perpetually ask, “where are the jobs?” Well, he ought to know: He’s hosted job fairs where employers were hiring specifically because of the stimulus and recovery programmes. He knows damn well where the jobs are, and his district is benefiting—as is the entire country.

It’s one thing when politicians spin a story or issue to their advantage. It’s quite another thing when they flat out lie about something for political gain. Republicans, it would seem, can do nothing else.

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