Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Can Republicans 'Campaign to Govern, Not Just Win'?

"The [Republican] governor of Indiana says his party’s presidential candidates should 'campaign to govern, not just win.'" Read The New York Times, Republican Calls for a More Honest Debate.

As I've said before, fear, anger, and hatred is a great campaign strategy, but not much of a governing philosophy.

Republi-CON Laissez-Faire Hypocrisy

Today's word in Republi-cons hypocrisy is laissez-faire, which 'describes an environment in which transactions between private parties are free from state intervention, including restrictive regulations, taxes, tariffs and enforced monopolies.

The phrase laissez-faire is French and literally means 'let do', but it broadly implies 'let it be', or 'leave it alone.'"

Republi-cons have "lambasted the Obama administration over what he has described as its failed efforts to stimulate new jobs through clean-energy projects backed with billions of dollars in federal loans or other assistance. . .

[But] several prominent Republicans who have worked to steer federal money to clean-energy projects in their home states, Energy Department documents show. . .

[Senator] McConnell made two personal appeals in 2009, asking Energy Secretary Steven Chu to approve as much as $235 million in federal loans for a plant to build electric vehicles in Franklin, Ky. . .

Federal lobbying disclosure records show that Mr. McConnell’s support for the project came after Zap Motor hired a Kentucky-based lobbyist, Robert Babbage, who has been a frequent contributor to Mr. McConnell’s campaigns and boasts on his own Internet site about his close ties to Mr. McConnell. . .

Another [Republi-con], Representative Lamar Smith of Texas, recently asked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to appoint an outside investigator to determine how the Department of Energy distributes clean-energy money. But in 2009, Mr. Smith wrote to Mr. Chu asking him to approve loan guarantees from stimulus money for a Texas project proposed by Tessera Solar, documents show.

Representative Fred Upton, [Republi-con] of Michigan and another critic of the Energy Department program, signed letters along with other members of the Michigan delegation in 2009 and 2010, pushing at least five clean-energy projects in his state, including a $207 million loan request from EcoMotors International. And Representative Cliff Stearns, [Republi-con] of Florida, praised the opening last year of a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in his state, which relied upon an Energy Department grant."

Read The New York Times, Republicans Sought Clean-Energy Money for Home States.

And "[h]ypocrisy is the state of pretending to have beliefs, opinions, virtues, ideals, thoughts, feelings, qualities, or standards that one does not actually have. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie."

(Yes, I know, Republi-cons hypocrisy is another tautology, like criminal Republi-con or narcissistic politician or stupid politician.)