Monday, January 3, 2011

Republi-CON Deficit Hypocrisy, Cont.

UPDATE III: "Hypocrisy never goes out of style, but, even so, 2010 was something special. For it was the year of budget doubletalk — the year of arsonists posing as firemen, of people railing against deficits while doing everything they could to make those deficits bigger." Read The New York Times, The New Voodoo.

UPDATE II: "The budget rules House Republicans intend to adopt will codify their fantasy that tax cuts do not deepen the deficit." Read the New York Times, Deficit Hypocrisy.

UPDATE: The Senate Republi-con minoroty leader was responsible for $458 million in earmarks between 2008 and 2010. That was him flip-flopping last week when he finally agreed to support a two-year ban on earmarks. Read the Washington Post, Sen. Mitch McConnell's earmark power credited for revitalizing Louisville.

"For whatever the reason, the hypocrisy at the heart of the party - and at the heart of American politics - is at its starkest in Alaska. For decades, Alaskans have lived off federal welfare. Taxpayers' money subsidizes everything from Alaska's roads and bridges to its myriad programs for Native Americans. Federal funding accounts for one-third of Alaskan jobs." Read the Washington Post, In Alaska, a preview of the GOP's future.

Then read The New York Times, The Impossible Dream, which begins:

"One of the most frustrating tendencies of mainstream leaders in the United States is their willingness, year after debilitating year, to embrace policies that have no hope of succeeding.

From Lyndon Johnson’s mad pursuit of victory in Vietnam to George W. Bush’s disastrous invasion of Iraq to today’s delusionary deficit zealots, the tragic lure of the impossible dream seems never to subside.

Ronald Reagan told us he could cut taxes, jack up defense spending and balance the budget — all at the same time. How’d he do? As his biographer Garry Wills tells us, the Gipper 'nearly tripled the deficit in his eight years, and never made a realistic proposal for cutting it.'"

Time to call the Republi-con bluff!

And Even More State Republi-Con Fiscal Conservative Hypocrisy

UPDATE II: The Republi-cons continue their old ways. Read The New York Times, Tricky Call for New Governors: Price of Inaugurals.

UPDATE: More state Republi-con fiscal conservative hypocrisy. Read the Washington Post, Haley Barbour takes heat for jet trips.

"After talking about trimming the state budget, top Republican leaders in the Florida Legislature have hired [more than 60] staffers with six-figure salaries." Read the Miami Herald, State GOP staffers raking in six-figure salaries.

What is Your New Year's Resolution

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