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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.


1bobhogue(102 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I agree completely!

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2Letstryagain(218 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Mr. deSouza

How can you present such a shallow argument.

Your logic that condems Republicans for supporting their constituents' wants from a program they (the representatives) oppose is flawed. An extension of this argument suggests that our representatives should help constituents benefit from only those programs which they support. Their answer to constituents requesting help obtaining benefits from programs they did not support should be " I did not support this legislation, therefore I am unable to help you for fear of being called a hypoocrit.

It is a representative's duty to assist their constituents, or district, obtain Federal Assistance from a program he opposes, while at the same time fight for its repeal, modification,etc.

For instance an NFL team owner can vote against a rule change, while expecting his coach to use such a change to his advantage whenever possible. The coach would likely get fired if he did not use the change to his teams benefit.

I know you are smart enough to understand this, but I don't know why you would put such an argument in print.

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3saddad(655 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The issue is- If you are going to take a stand, take a stand.

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4repeaters(314 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

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

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5chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 3 years, 9 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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6Jerry(861 comments)posted 3 years, 9 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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7whybother(5 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Your last paragraph hit right on, I agree 100%

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8TheTruth4U(29 comments)posted 3 years, 9 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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9Jerry(861 comments)posted 3 years, 9 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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10chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 3 years, 9 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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11redeye1(5670 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

As I remember The stimulus money wasn't only for the D party members. But I guess some of you feel that way. We all paid taxes, so that BO could spend it recklessly. As an example just look at the fine paving job on I 680 . Its worse now then before they paved it, with more patches thenever. But the D party was only worried about given their union buddies jobs. ,

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12cambridge(4150 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

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





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13jojuggie(1725 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

There is 1 thing you're good for cambridge & that is cutting & pasting, but what you cut & paste is primarily MSNBC. the cable channel that 21 people watch.

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14jojuggie(1725 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I wonder why Obama has so many Muslims in strategic places in DC?
Read the following:

Islamic operatives in the U.S.?

Of course the Muslim Brotherhood’s true colors comes as no shock to those who warned against

(Photo: AP)
the Islamist-intentions of the Muslim Brotherhood and who have been vocal in outing its affiliates currently infiltrating American government at its highest levels under the current administration.

TheBlaze recently profiled members of American-Islamist groups with Muslim Brotherhood ties currently working with the Obama White House including Muslim Public Affairs Council president Salam al-Marayati, Homeland Security Advisory committee member Mohamed Elibiary, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s Dep. Chief of Staff Huma Abedin, and Rashad Hussain, State Department Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, to name a few.

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15jojuggie(1725 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

David Richter, the president of Hill International (HIL), a mid-sized outfit that manages construction projects, was speaking last year at a private meeting with investors when he was asked about the recent success of his newest subsidiary, HillStone International.

How was it that HillStone, a newcomer in the business of home building, landed a massive and potentially lucrative contract to build 100,000 homes in war-torn Iraq?

Richter didn’t mince words. It really helps, he said, to have “the brother of the vice president as a partner,” according to a person who was present.

The “brother” Richter was referring to during the meeting is James Biden, the younger brother of Vice President Joe Biden.

Since November 2010, James Biden has been the executive vice president of Hill International’s housing subsidiary despite little if any documented work history in residential construction. And if the company’s projections are accurate, both Hill and Biden are on the verge of a huge payday, beneficiaries, some analysts believe, of James Biden’s connections to the Obama Administration through his older brother.

Indeed, the Iraq project may be the most lucrative single development in Hill’s history. Since 2011, Hill, located in Marlton, NJ., has been losing money; the shares were recently trading at $3.82, down about 28% this year on New York Stock Exchange trading.

And some analysts remain dubious about the completion of the Iraq project, including those at Sidoti & Company, which slashed earnings estimates on Friday. But if company officials are to be believed -- and there’s good reason to believe them given Hill’s connections to the Obama Administration -- Hill will be solidly profitable once the Iraq development gets underway. Company officials say the Iraq project is slated to generate $1.5 billion in revenues over the next three years, more than three times all the revenues Hill produced in 2011.

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16YSUPenguins(16 comments)posted 3 years, 9 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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17RustOnMyBelt(172 comments)posted 3 years, 9 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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18jojuggie(1725 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

ROMY, why do you play down what Mitt accomplished at the 2002 Olympics?

First of all does 2002 sound familiar? That was after 2001. Do you remember what happened 2001? Precisely Sept 2001? Most of the funds from the Govt were to provide for high way & transit projects. That was for safety because after 9-11 there was a fear of some kind of an attack at the Olympics.

The games themselves got 400 to 600 M from the Govt after fierce lobbying. Mitt just didn't stick his hand out and have those funds drop out of the sky.

Also did you know he returned his 1.4M salary to the games, and donated 1M to the games from his pocket?

Stop reading the NPR & MSNBC websites.

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19jojuggie(1725 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I understand because of Obama's low ratings, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the United States.

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20jeepers(127 comments)posted 3 years, 9 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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