Campaign 2010

Feb 18, 2009

Hypocrisy Alert: House Republicans Take Credit for the Economic Recovery Bill They Railed Against



Leading up to the House vote on the economic recovery bill, House Republicans boasted that they would "just say no" to President Obama's economic recovery plan, despite his efforts to work with them, and that their tactics to defeat the bill were like the tactics of the Taliban.  After the vote passed without a single House Republican doing the right thing, they celebrated their "just say no" spirit. 


Their champagne bubbles weren't even flat at House Republicans' celebrations when yet another round of their hypocrisy was discovered.  The very Republicans that railed against President Obama's economic recovery plan in Washington are trying to take credit for it in their districts.  Looks like Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was onto something when he said, "You have absolutely no reason - none -  to trust our word or our actions at this point."


"It's no surprise that House Republicans are betting on failure, while President Obama and Democrats are investing in success.  But now when think no one is watching, House Republicans are hedging their bets by opposing economic recovery in Washington and then taking credit for the bill's spending in their districts," said Jennifer Crider, Communications Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Times are tough, and struggling families can't afford any more of the House Republicans' ‘just say no' economic gamble."





House Republicans Hypocrisy Hall of Fame

House Republicans Railing against the Economic Recovery Bill in DC and Praising Its Spending at Home:


  • Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-09) - "Luetkemeyer said the project is considered ‘shovel ready' and that's what the economy needs. President Darrell Krueger and Luetkemeyer discussed the educational benefits of the economic stimulus package." [KTVO-TV, 2/17/09]


  • Representative Don Young (AK-AL) - "Alaskan Congressman Don Young won a victory for the Alaska Native contracting program and other Alaska small business owners last night in H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [Congressman Don Young's Press Release; 2/13/09]


  • Representative Ken Calvert (CA-44) - "All of us in the Inland Empire will do what we can to direct as much money as we can." [The Press Enterprise; 2/13/09]


  • Representative John Mica (FL-07) - "I applaud President Obama's recognition that high-speed rail should be part of America's future," [Congressman John Mica Press Release; 2/13/09]


In the past three weeks, House Republicans unanimously voted no on the very economic recovery investments that they are boasting about. [H.R.1, #46, 1/28/09], [H.R. 1, #70, 2/13/09]


While on the FOX News program, Glenn Beck, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said, "...I'm not going to soft pedal this with you. I'm not going to try to blow smoke either. The reality of it is, you are absolutely right. You have absolutely no reason, none, to trust our word or our actions at this point. So, yeah, it's going to be an uphill climb."  [FOX News, 2/13/09]




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