Stimulus hypocrisy

October 18, 2010

As our recent poll revealed, it’s not just Washington’s overspending that makes voters so mad — it’s their attitude about it: the careless waste; the indifferent oversight; the lackadaisical “budgeting”; and of course, the hypocrisy.

While it’s currently fashionable for politicians of all political stripes to declare their commitment to “fiscal responsibility,” when it comes down to walking the walk: can Americans trust anyone in Washington to follow through?

If today’s Washington Post is any indication, we shouldn’t hold our breath.

The Post cites a Center for Public Integrity report finding that lawmakers from both parties made almost 2,000 requests for funding from the stimulus.

The paper names at least nine lawmakers who voted against last year’s $814-billion stimulus, but behind closed doors, petitioned to get funding from it.

Lawmakers who voted for the bill are not exempt from the charges of hypocrisy. Before its passage, many touted the bill was free of earmarks. But, as the article points out, those same politicians went to work securing funding for their pet projects shortly after the legislation was signed.

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12 Responses to Stimulus hypocrisy

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  4. James Stone says:

    We can’t trust politicians or their word? Good grief Charlie Brown!! Now someone will tell me that the great pumpkin doesn’t exist either.

  5. James Stone says:

    We can’t trust politicians or their word? Good grief Charlie Brown!! Now someone will tell me that the great pumpkin doesn’t exist either.

  6. James Stone says:

    We can’t trust politicians or their word? Good grief Charlie Brown!! Now someone will tell me that the great pumpkin doesn’t exist either.

  7. Cigarcamel says:

    OK, good start but lets start naming names and siting specific examples! This article is worthless, we all suspect they do it, now tell us who and what if you actually have evidence.

  8. Cigarcamel says:

    OK, good start but lets start naming names and siting specific examples! This article is worthless, we all suspect they do it, now tell us who and what if you actually have evidence.

  9. Cigarcamel says:

    OK, good start but lets start naming names and siting specific examples! This article is worthless, we all suspect they do it, now tell us who and what if you actually have evidence.

  10. jeepdoctor says:

    As I have said many times before, both political parties have let the American people down. Nov 02 is “take out the trash day.” Big spenders from both parties need to go. Either the country votes for smaller government and fiscal sanity or it votes for more of the same. It will be interesting to see the outcome. Everyone needs to read Niall Feguson’s recent comments on the fall of empires. It could be closer to happening in the US than most of us, because we are in a state of denial, want to believe. See http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/65987/niall-ferguson/complexity-and-collapse

  11. jeepdoctor says:

    As I have said many times before, both political parties have let the American people down. Nov 02 is “take out the trash day.” Big spenders from both parties need to go. Either the country votes for smaller government and fiscal sanity or it votes for more of the same. It will be interesting to see the outcome. Everyone needs to read Niall Feguson’s recent comments on the fall of empires. It could be closer to happening in the US than most of us, because we are in a state of denial, want to believe. See http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/65987/niall-ferguson/complexity-and-collapse

  12. jeepdoctor says:

    As I have said many times before, both political parties have let the American people down. Nov 02 is “take out the trash day.” Big spenders from both parties need to go. Either the country votes for smaller government and fiscal sanity or it votes for more of the same. It will be interesting to see the outcome. Everyone needs to read Niall Feguson’s recent comments on the fall of empires. It could be closer to happening in the US than most of us, because we are in a state of denial, want to believe. See http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/65987/niall-ferguson/complexity-and-collapse

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