Friday, February 19, 2010

Stimulus Requests: Why Would a Republican Lie?

Stumbled on this very convenient collection of the all the GOP hypocrisy on the stimulus (in short, voting against it, speaking against it, demagoguing the beejeezus out of it... then going back home and whispering "hey, can I have some of that?")

Our federal Republican delegates, in all their hypocritical glory:

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) Requested $95 Million In Stimulus Money. The Salt Lake Tribune reported: “All four of Utah’s Republicans in Congress voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act earlier this year, and all of them then used congressional stationary in an attempt to nab stimulus cash for the state. [...] Sen. Orrin Hatch and Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz sent the Interior Department a letter on behalf of the Provo River Water Users Association seeking $95 million in funds, while Matheson pushed for money for national parks in Utah.” [SLT, 10/4/09 ]

-Congressman Chaffetz Voted Against The Recovery Package Twice [Roll Call Vote #46 ; Roll Call Vote #70 ]
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) Requested $95 Million In Stimulus Money. The Salt Lake Tribune reported: “All four of Utah’s Republicans in Congress voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act earlier this year, and all of them then used congressional stationary in an attempt to nab stimulus cash for the state. [...] Sen. Orrin Hatch and Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz sent the Interior Department a letter on behalf of the Provo River Water Users Association seeking $95 million in funds, while Matheson pushed for money for national parks in Utah.” [SLT, 10/4/09 ]
-Congressman Bishop Voted Against The Recovery Package Twice [Roll Call Vote #46 ; Roll Call Vote #70

And the ultimate irony?  Matheson, the only member of our delegation to vote for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act requested the least amount of funds from the federal government for his district.



Unbelievable this passes the sniff test of Utah voters.  It seems more than obvious, again and again, the policies they sail to re-election on again and again they don't even really subscribe to themselves.


It's like being sold a car by a salesman that wouldn't be caught dead in the car he wants you to believe you can't pass up on.


And, sadly, I don't really blame them.  As a state, we enable their behavior with our votes.

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