Hypocrisy Watch: Politicians Trash Stimulus, Then Ask for Its Money

These people can go fuck themselves, but they should resign first. Haha, but that would require dignity. Both to not fuck themselves (they’ll do that anyway) and to resign. The Center for Public Integrity tracked which politicians requested stimulus money vs. their public positions on it.

What politicians said about the stimulus in the public vs. what they said to federal agencies when requesting stimulus money

  • Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX): “[the stimulus is] more about stimulating the government and rewarding political allies than growing the economy and creating jobs” vs. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX): “Carrollton’s [stimulus] project will create jobs, stimulate the economy, improve regional mobility and reduce pollution”

So Representative Sessions is admitting to rewarding political allies with taxpayer money? Or is his project, identical to hundreds of others, special? He’s written 7 letters requesting stimulus money.

  • Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN): “[the stimulus was] a colossal mistake” vs. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN): “[the stimulus] will provide both short-term and long-term benefits” to “economically disadvantaged and distressed.”

So it was a mistake to pass, but now it can provide all kinds of effective aid to the poor. Senator Alexander wishes he didn’t have the money to help alleviate poverty.

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “The stimulus was a big mistake. I think we can fairly safely declare it now a failure.” vs. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “[the stimulus could] attract industry, create jobs, and move goods through areas underserved by national highways.”

Why is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wasting taxpayer money on a failure?

Other hypocrites of our Democracy’s finest who voted against the stimulus bill and then asked for its money include:

  1. Sen. Scott Brown- who campaigned against the stimulus.
  2. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) – who has (almost) literally called for revolution over the stimulus and health care bills
  3. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) – voted against it
  4. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) – one of the pillars of his presidential campaign was being against earmarks, like the ones he requested from the stimulus money
  5. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – organized the vote against the stimulus
  6. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) -voted against it
  7. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers – voted against it
  8. Rep. Walt Minnick (D-ID) – voted against it

Don’t forget about other Democrats who voted for the stimulus and promised no backroom requests for funds – but then did so 😦

  1. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
  2. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
  3. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-NC)

Hooray American Democracy! The system works everyone!

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