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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.