McClatchy Newspapers' David Lightman points out that Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, for instance, issued a press release last week heralding how he "won a victory for the Alaska Native contracting program and other Alaska small business owners" by working with Democrats to pull a provision from the Senate bill that he feared would hurt American Indian and Alaska Native owned businesses.
Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., issued a press release saying, “I applaud President Obama’s recognition that high-speed rail should be part of America’s future.” As Lightman points out, "nowhere in the Mica statement, or in Young's initial statement, was any mention that they opposed the bill."
Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., recently tweeted: "If you know of someone thinking of buying first home, now may be the time. Stimulus incentive is very generous! Up to 8k! Check it out."
TPJ: I thought their opposition to the stimulus bill was out of principle of standing up for fiscal conservatism? It sounds to me like they knew the bill was going to pass so they split the baby to get a twofer--vote "no" so that they can stay in elected office by the constituants for standing up against the evil, commie, big spending liberal government. At the same time, however, take the money and make your constituants happy again!! They must have two left feet because they are walking in circles--take advantage of the bill they loved to hate while decrying the "excesses of government" at the same time. There is a name for people like these guys and gals--Charlatans.
If this bill is so horrible and government spending is such an terrible thing then why take the money? They should refuse it or else don't claim to be standing on principle of fiscal conservatism. Yet you know that these same Congress people will use the fact that they voted, "no" as something to run on in their districts in the next election. I hope their constituents realize that they are being played by their Representatives and Senators.
And ironically some of the most conservative states (in the south) get more money form the federal government then they give to the federal government. So they've been doing this "bite the hand that feeds them" routine for awhile now.
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