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Republican hypocrisy exposed



Published: Sun, October 21, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)


“And I love my friend here. I — I’m not allowed to show letters but go on our website, he sent me two letters saying, ‘By the way, can you send me some stimulus money for companies here in the state of Wisconsin?’ We sent millions of dollars. You know ...”

That acerbic comment from Vice President Joe Biden turned his Republican challenger, Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, into a kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

And Biden wasn’t done.

When the moderator for the vice presidential debate two weeks ago asked Ryan if he had requested stimulus funds, Biden interjected:

“Sure he did. By the way …”

Ryan sheepishly replied:

“On two occasions we — we — we advocated for constituents who were applying for grants. That’s what we do. We do that for all constituents who are...”

The vice president pounced again.

“I love that. I love that. This was such a bad program and he writes me a letter saying — writes the Department of Energy a letter saying, ‘The reason we need this stimulus, it will create growth and jobs.’ His words. And now he’s sitting here looking at me.”

Can anyone spell GOPer Hypocrite?

But it isn’t only Ryan who has been demagoguing this issue. Starting in 2009 when the recovery act was passed in the House with no Republican support and in the Senate with only three moderate Republicans, the GOP has characterized it as the biggest economic scam perpetrated on the American people by President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats.

Speaker of the House

Indeed, Ohio’s own congressman, John Boehner, speaker of the House of Representatives, has reveled in the fact that not one member of his caucus in Congress voted for the $787 billion package.

The Republicans have been unrelenting in their criticism of the stimulus bill — leading fair-minded people to conclude that all those who voted “no” stood on principle, telling the Obama administration they wanted nothing to do with the money. Unfortunately, such a conclusion would simply serve to confirm the belief of these political hypocrites that the American people are too stupid to know when they’re being scammed.

Just look at what has occurred in Ohio, which will decide the Nov. 6 presidential election.

The state has received more than $17 billion in stimulus funds, which is not surprising given its size and its economic importance. But here’s the Kodak moment: Of the 18 congressional districts, 13 are in the hands of Republicans, including House Speaker Boehner.

Did he or any of his Republican colleagues tell President Obama not to fund projects in their districts, or to send stimulus money to Ohio for roads and bridges, job-training programs, housing or military installations?

Of course not.

Did Boehner, whose 8th District includes suburban areas around Cincinnati and Dayton, urge Washington not to send $948 million and $368 million, respectively, to those two cities?

Did Congressman Steve Stivers, R-Ripley, whose 15th District is made up of Madison and Union counties and parts of Franklin County, tell the federal government not to funnel $5.2 billion through his district?

Or how about Republicans Jean Schmidt, Steven Chabot, and Bob Gibbs, whose districts were the recipients of $497 million, $334 million and $301 million, respectively.

Republican example

At this point, it is important to note that not all the money assigned to a congressional district is only for local projects. However, borrowing a page from the Republican’s handbook entitled, “Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good political stunt,” this writer will not detail how Stivers’ district, for instance, ended up with $5 billion.

Why waste a good column with the facts? Or, as Speaker Boehner and his cohorts would quip, “Why waste a good political issue with the truth?”

Suffice it to say that most of the $17 billion sent to Ohio ended up in Republican congressional districts.

You certainly won’t hear any of them say, “My district received stimulus dollars and I’m mad as hell. I don’t need no stinkin’ help from that Socialist Obama.”

Vice President Biden’s verbal smackdown of Congressman Ryan should be repeated throughout the country in the waning days of the election.


Comments

1bobhogue(102 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I agree completely!

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2repeaters(197 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

GOPer Hypocrite? Come on Bertie, what about the DEMer Hypocrite?You know; like yourself ????

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3chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Love the posts from letstryagain and the thinker.

Bertrum, when are you going to write a commentary about the failed green energy companies which the Obama administration has supported to the tune of billions of dollars, such as Solyndra and A123?

Presenting both sides would be a nice change of pace. Right now the only reason I read your biased articles is to see the thinker's excellent rebuttals.

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4Knightcap(695 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

@chuck_carney,
Don't think you'll see anything on greeen energy failures. We're due for another Trafficant and YSU union column.

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5Jerry(495 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I see the complaints here about Paul Ryan, and I have seen other innuendo about politicians and businesses in Ohio using “Stimulus” money; as if this were is some way wrong or hypocritical.

Paul Ryan from Wisconsin and other politicians from Ohio argued and voted against the "Stimulus" package. Not enough people listened, and a Congress lead by liberal Democrats decided to spend and waste the money anyway.

Why would anyone consider it odd, once it was decided the money was going to be wasted against his advice, that Congressman Paul Ryan would put on his Wisconsin representative hat and attempt to get some of the money spent on projects that might benefit Wisconsin in some way (as opposed to pig odor reduction studies in Iowa, windmills that don't really make electricity in Ohio, etc.)??

The point is Paul Ryan and others in Ohio and elsewhere advised that the "stimulus" would not create a net number of jobs because confiscating taxes & borrowing money to move it around by governmental interference destroys more jobs and opportunity than it creates. Unfortunately, they were out-voted, and the money was borrowed & wasted.

The "Stimulus" was (and is) a lemon. Paul Ryan and others advised and voted against its purchase. Once the lemon was purchased, however, they proceeded to mitigate the damage by trying to make as much lemonade for Wisconsin and Ohio as they could. What's the problem???

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6whybother(5 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

@Jerry
Your last paragraph hit right on, I agree 100%

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7TheTruth4U(20 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

What hypocrites Teapublicans are!

They absolutely refuse to 'compromise on principle' to HELP out the country.

They routinely blast the stimulus as having not worked.

They have said repeatedly in their advertisements that the stimulus money was wasted.

They continually say that the stimulus didn't create any jobs.

And of course there is Romney shrilly screaming that "Government doesn't create jobs"!

Yet, they ALL applied for money from the stimulus, even though on 'principle' they were against it.

Even though there have been numerous non-partisan studies and reports that the stimulus did work (According to The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Financial Times and Forbes), they continue to tell the lie that it didn't even as projects in their districts succeed from stimulus money.

And they wrote in their letters of support that their reasons for asking was that they needed the jobs in their districts, jobs they deny were created as people were put to work!
The nonsense that they are able to be both against it while fighting for its fruits for their own district shows that principles for the Teapublican Party is another word for saying "what gets us elected".

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8Jerry(495 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

TheTruth4U is apparently mad because he assumed that the "Stimulus" was supposed to be a Democrat slush fund, used only to reward Democrat supporters and buy their votes.

No one denies if we go into debt to the tune of $16,000,000,000,000 to sling money at Iowa for pig odor reduction studies, that someone in Iowa will probably get a job studying pig odor. The question is, what is the net result and the net damage.

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9chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

So far, Bert is losing in a landslide by a 4-1 ratio. Is this foretelling of Romney's victory in Ohio?

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10gdog4766(1473 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Ya gotta love how the reliarcans completely sidestep how Ryan was caught being a liar and a hypocritic. Brilliant, if the facts don't fit your argument adjust them till they do.

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11cambridge(2996 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Here is the romney/ryan hypocrisy from their own mouths. The first two were Ron Paul primary videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqpGmx...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWKX2L...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM83wt...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8pJXn...

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12YSUPenguins(16 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Bertram, when are you going to write a column about the hypocrisy of rich democrats that want higher taxes on the rich but pay only what the law demands? Why don't you write a column on Obama and Bill Clinton and let us know if they are paying more taxes then they owe or if they are democrat hypocrites?

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13RustOnMyBelt(114 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Wonderful to read such lively, peaceful discourse lets,now, move onto Romneys claim that he "saved the 2002 Olympics". Remember that the 1.1 Billion dollars came from the (your own )Federal Government to "save" the games....and where were they held? In the Mormon Mecca of Salt Lake City,Utah.

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14jeepers(127 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Bertram- you never cease to amaze me with your shallow one-sided writing. I know it must be frustrating to write for a "paper" that presents one side of the issues at hand. But it is a lot easier and quicker to write for the majority opinion.

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