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Dems: GOP Don’t Want Stimulus To Fail

Some lessons in spin from the masters at the Associated Press:

SPIN METER: On stimulus, who’s having it two ways?

By CALVIN WOODWARD
Friday, March 6, 2009

WASHINGTON — Is it hypocritical for a lawmaker to oppose the stimulus plan, then steer constituents to its benefits?

The committee devoted to electing congressional Democrats says so. It’s been assembling a "hypocrisy hall of fame" listing Republicans who are "shamelessly taking credit for a bill they voted against."

Excluded from the hall: Democrats who also voted no.

The Democrats’ House campaign committee scoured the public record and came up with statements from 22 Republicans who opposed the package and now are accused of celebrating it.

It’s a selective approach that slams Republicans for opposing the package and lets Democrats off the hook for doing the same.

"I’ll do anything I can to make this work," GOP Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana said in one example cited by the Democrats.

That’s no different than what Idaho Democratic Rep. Walt Minnock, also a stimulus opponent, said afterward:

"I disagreed with the bill," he said, but "it is now up to all of us to do the very best we can to make it work."

Republican Rep. Chris Lee of New York is upbraided by the Democratic committee for saying: "Now that the bill is passed, I obviously want to ensure I do fight for projects in western New York."

That sounds much like Democratic Rep. Bobby Bright of Alabama after he cast his vote: "Though I did not support this bill, it is still my responsibility to ensure that Alabama gets its fair share of funding and projects, and that taxpayer money is used for its intended purpose."

Bright has a prominent link on his Web site to information about how communities and groups can apply for money from the plan.

The committee is using phone calls, e-mails and text messages in select Republican districts to tell voters their lawmaker voted against recovery and tax cuts, part of a campaign against GOP members considered vulnerable in 2010.

"Americans will hold House Republicans accountable for ‘just saying no’ to the largest tax cut in American history and saving or creating three to four million jobs," predicted Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, committee chairman.

No House Republicans voted for the package. Seven Democrats joined them in opposing final passage.

Republicans did not see the plan as a historic tax cut; if anything, many of them wanted more tax relief and less spending. That’s not stopping Democrats from telling GOP districts their Congress member stood in the way of lower taxes, and will pay for it politically.

Indeed, according to the Democratic committee’s automated phone calls to a dozen districts, voting against the package for any reason means voting "to raise taxes on middle-class families."

In making that charge, they give a pass to one of their own who voted for the first House stimulus plan but opposed the final version because of its tax cuts.

Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, in breaking with most Democrats, said "$326 billion in tax cuts won’t build bridges, educate our children or even fill in potholes."

As the article mentions in passing, but soft-pedals, the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee neglected to mention any of their fellow Democrats who voted against the selfsame bill.

And speaking of hypocrisy, the DCCC is the same outfit that is leading the charge against Rush Limbaugh for his remarks that he hopes Mr. Obama fails – in his policies.

But imagine if Mr. Limbaugh had said he had fought against the election of Mr. Obama, but now that he is elected he hopes he succeeds. That we now have to do our very best to make things work.

"I’ll do anything I can to make this work," GOP Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana said in one example cited by the Democrats.

That’s no different than what Idaho Democratic Rep. Walt Minnock, also a stimulus opponent, said afterward:

"I disagreed with the bill," he said, but "it is now up to all of us to do the very best we can to make it work."

What exactly would be the difference between Limbaugh telling us that we now all have to pull for Obama, and the ‘hypocrisy’ the Democrats are now citing the Republicans for here?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Dems: GOP Don’t Want Stimulus To Fail”

  1. heykev says:

    I will give the Democrats credit for one thing: lying. They have down to a science. And they manage to get their lap dogs in the media to repeat the same lies because if a lie is repeated often enough, people will believe it.

  2. heykev says:

    We also must vote out so-called Republicans who voted in the Senate for the porkulus package. As wellas those in the any part of government who supports the expansion of government. I can’t say term limits for everyone often enough. it’s something we must have and soon to get rid of entitled politicians everywhere.

  3. EdmoHuge says:

    Democrats accusing ANYONE else of hypocrisy is the height of irony (and stupidity).

  4. Barbie says:

    You know if Dems spent as much time on trying to fix the economy as they spend obsessing about Rush, our country might just see some improvement in economic health. Why can’t we have an adult in the White House and, hey, some adults in Congress would be appreciated, too.

  5. dulcimergrl says:

    The first thought in my mind while reading this was Carol Kane in the Princess Bride screaming “Liar! Liarrr!”. You’re right, heykev, the dems have it down to a science. I’d like to see someone like Carol confront the DCCC like she does in this clip around minute 3:02: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BRI0NtQ1DU

  6. Right of the People says:

    “Americans will hold House Republicans accountable for ‘just saying no’ to the largest tax cut in American history and saving or creating three to four million jobs,” predicted Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, committee chairman.

    Democrats; rewriting history one lie at a time.

    10-7

  7. AConcernedCitizen says:

    I fail to see the issue with the statements made in the example. I thought this was the loyal opposition that Democrats were calling for during votes on Iraq. And shouldn’t Democrats, in the spirit of bipartianship, laud these kinds of statements? And as a voter, this is the attitude I would want my elected representative to take…oppose the measure, but as soon as it passes, attempt to get as much as possible.

  8. canary says:

    ? Only two democrats voted against going to Iraq. The democrats can darn well bet the Republicans are, as in my state that got nothing, to make every penny accountable, so that when things get worse, the Republican states can show every penny spent wisely, while the ones getting all the bulk of the package, won’t keep records, probably don’t know how to keep records, or only good at cooking the books. Anyways, no telling who’ll get the millions for tatoo removals and no telling what chemicals will be added to pigs or or pig pens. Let’s not guinea the pigs. The republicans held up the stimulous for reasons like it not being used to bring and care for Gitmo prisoners. Look at that illegal Ethopia immigrant that was arrested in 2006 for starting a fire, and waving his Koran yelling in Arabic about allah. Does he get jail? No Obama let’s Illinoise pay for his mental hospital stay. Like that is going to make the animal love us. So, now he’s rearrested in Chicago, cause he sent AID contanimated blood to Obama and some on Obama team, because he was not invited to the inaugeration. What would he have done. Meanwhile, Obama and Pelosi keep telling us these terrorists have the same Love thy neighbor in the Koran that we have in this country. They chop unbelievers heads off. They go up and kill innocent crowds of civilians so they can go to heaven and get all that Obama promised them. Life’s not fair, never will be. But we dont’ need communism in this country.


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