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April 29, 2009

CANTOR CAN'T CLAIM CREDIT.... In February, there were a few Republican lawmakers who claimed credit for spending projects in the stimulus bill they opposed. It was more than a little awkward -- lawmakers usually don't take credit for legislation they reject.

As spending increases, and new projects get underway, we may soon see more of this. Take House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), for example.

Rep. Eric I. Cantor, the House minority whip, led House GOP opposition to President Barack Obama's $740 billion [sic] stimulus program.

Yesterday, though, the Henrico County Republican said bringing high-speed rail to the region could further spur economic development, creating as many as 185,000 jobs and bringing $21.2 billion to a region already home to about a half-dozen Fortune 500 companies and 20,000 small businesses.

"If there is one thing that I think all of us here on both sides of the political aisle from all parts of the region agree with, it's that we need to do all we can to promote jobs here in the Richmond area," Cantor said.

You've got to be kidding me. Eric Cantor was arguably the leading Republican critic of the economic recovery package. He not only publicly mocked government funding for high-speed rail, Cantor also rejected the very idea that government spending could generate economic growth.

Now, however, thanks to a spending bill Cantor fought to kill, there may be money available for HSR connecting Richmond to D.C. Cantor is all for it, despite the fact that if it were up to him, the money wouldn't exist. (Indeed, it wouldn't even be a possibility until 2014, since Cantor wants to improve the economy by way of an insane five-year spending freeze.)

Cantor's hope, in other words, is that his constituents just aren't paying attention to what their elected representative is up to on the Hill. He goes to work and fights against government spending on HSR, and the notion that more spending can lead to more jobs. Cantor then heads home and says the opposite.

It's one of those truths I think all of us here on both sides of the political aisle should agree with.

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"If there is one thing that I think all of us here on both sides of the political aisle from all parts of the region agree with, it's that we need to do all we can to promote jobs here in the Richmond area," Cantor said.
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Whenever a republic mentions working together, or bipartisanship, you can be assured its a republican taking credit for a Democratic Party idea.

Posted by: ScottW on April 29, 2009 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK

Yea, honestly I didn't expect this from guys like Cantor (which says more about my naivete than anything else). I figured they would fight the stimulus, vote no, then go home and say they did it to cut down on spending and protect taxpayers.

This does show, though, that the wingnut pundit/teabagger branch of the party is actually REALLY, REALLY small, as Cantor can't even take those ideas to the district that voted him into office. Yet for some reason they are dominating the discourse from the right wing every day.

Posted by: Joshua on April 29, 2009 at 10:08 AM | PERMALINK

Good. Keep it up Rethugs. The more examples of this type of duplicity you display, the more people will see what you're really about. Rank F'ing hypocrites, every damn one of you.

Posted by: In What Respect, Charlie? on April 29, 2009 at 10:09 AM | PERMALINK

Gracious -- a two-faced Republican!

Common as pigeons in the park.

Posted by: Please correct the error on April 29, 2009 at 10:10 AM | PERMALINK

Oh, look! Schumer is boasting that he cut the money for the flu pandemic!

Where's your high-brow honesty, Washington Monthly?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG2BbK0uWbE

Posted by: Jane on April 29, 2009 at 10:11 AM | PERMALINK

Cantor knows Republicans don't pay attention very well, and that their version of reality is based on one principle, and one principle only: Democrats Are Bad. He knows he can accuse the Democrats of raping babies and Republicans will believe him because he's not a Democrat.

He may find it harder to fool the independents, especially if the media calls him out on his hypocrisy. But of course that would involve dredging up those tapes of him saying that the jobs he's (now) taking credit for creating couldn't be created.

Posted by: Racer X on April 29, 2009 at 10:12 AM | PERMALINK

William Kristol was on Fox talking about how the Specter conversion was "good news for Republicans". His argument was, basically: Now the Democrats own it, and can't blame the Republicans for anything that happens.

What he meant was: now Republicans are free to throw their televised temper-tantrums AND take credit for Democratic successes. The Republicans get to play and preen, while the Democrats are stuck with cleaning the Bushean Stables.

Posted by: dm on April 29, 2009 at 10:14 AM | PERMALINK

This does show, though, that the wingnut pundit/teabagger branch of the party is actually REALLY, REALLY small, as Cantor can't even take those ideas to the district that voted him into office. Yet for some reason they are dominating the discourse from the right wing every day.
Posted by: Joshua on April 29, 2009 at 10:08 AM | PERMALINK*******************************************

The wingnuts are the 'old guard' of the Repig party, and they have a stranglehold on the MSM. They get the coverage. Shit, the rules of broadcast ownership have been changed multiple times FOR Murdoch personally. They think that supporting the Teabagging constituents of the party = more money, so they whore themselves. I personally try to stay away from the products that these whores try to peddle in their advertising. It's not much, but it's something I can do. I support local grown and locally owned businesses that share my values whenever possible. The corporofascists will ALWAYS follow the money since greed and corruption are their middle names. If we want them to change, we need to stop giving them our cash.

Posted by: In What Respect, Charlie? on April 29, 2009 at 10:18 AM | PERMALINK

Of course this was all part of Obama's plan: require politicians to go home and face the reality of non-earmark government spending. As local officials talk up worthy projects, local politicians and their federal representatives must work together to get the money. And the projects have to be "gotten" in the light of day, not attached to some campaign contribution.

The fight from the GOP was to avoid this stage of the process. They wanted to control the money, now they have to beg for it and work with local officials and federal agencies to identify worthwhile projects. What a time-consuming drag. But they were forced into it. Expect this to continue for years and affect the 2010 election debate.

Posted by: tomj on April 29, 2009 at 10:20 AM | PERMALINK

Jane, Thanks for posting the vid of Schumer calling pandemic flu money "porky", but don't think he gets a pass on it just because he's a Dem. You can see plenty of places where we give the Dems hell, insinuating otherwise makes you look a bit daft.

Posted by: Racer X on April 29, 2009 at 10:21 AM | PERMALINK

This is more proof, if more was needed, of the fundamental unseriousness of the GOP approach. Their legislative proposals, such as the five year spending freeze, are merely props for media events and should not be taken seriously. Someday the GOP will actually productively engage in policy discussions. Until that day, they will continue to marginalize themselves, publicity stunt by publicity stunt.

Posted by: danimal on April 29, 2009 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

sounds like some one has been attending the Mitch McConnell Institute of Baking

Posted by: effluviantOne on April 29, 2009 at 11:02 AM | PERMALINK

It doesn't matter who it is who pulls this kind of BS, Cantor, Schumer, Palin, Bond, whomever. I support getting their blatant hypocracies out into state and local newspapers and TV news outlets. Their constituents need to understand how these guys like to play both sides. Unless it appears in and on the local news, voters at home don't pay attention.

Posted by: Carol A on April 29, 2009 at 11:07 AM | PERMALINK

This will be fun next election ...when this whole collection of "WHAAAT? They record this shit??? Republicans have it thrown back at them after Obama's plan revives the economy.

Posted by: John R on April 29, 2009 at 11:10 AM | PERMALINK

For all his shucking and jiving, Cantor is merely a wimp and poser! I simply feel like calling them as I see them today. I'm feeling good! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on April 29, 2009 at 11:10 AM | PERMALINK

lawmakers usually don't take credit for legislation they reject

Not true. It's common. Phil Gramm was notorious for it.

Posted by: anandine on April 29, 2009 at 11:53 AM | PERMALINK

"Cantor's hope, in other words, is that his constituents just aren't paying attention to what their elected representative is up to on the Hill. He goes to work and fights against government spending on HSR, and the notion that more spending can lead to more jobs. Cantor then heads home and says the opposite.

It's one of those truths I think all of us here on both sides of the political aisle should agree with."

Being against something and then taking credit for is consistent with the rethug 'values' of lying, dissembling, and obfuscating.

Stevie Buyer (Rethug - Indiana 4th Congressional District) gave many public observations that the stimulus package is "spending, not stimulus" and that the stimulus package "attacks free market principles". That did not stop his giving a press conference a couple weeks ago to brag about the jobs he brought to his congressional district by the stimulus bill.

I suspect that there were a very large number of rethugs who fought & talked against the stimulus bill and have since taken credit for what it does for their states/districts.

Emerson wrote "foolish inconsistency is the hobgoblen of small minds" and I cannot imagine smaller minds than most of the rethugs who led the fight against the stimulus bill.

Posted by: AngryOldVet on April 29, 2009 at 3:06 PM | PERMALINK

"Cantor's hope, in other words, is that his constituents just aren't paying attention to what their elected representative is up to on the Hill."

The past success of the Republican't Party has shown that is hope is based on voters' past perceptions. It is, therefore, a reasonable hope.

Doesn't affect the fact that he's a douchebag in glasses, tho.

Posted by: Sarah Barracuda on April 29, 2009 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

As someone who used to live in Henrico County, I can tell you that the voters there don't care if Cantor lies, backtracks, claims credit, disclaims credit, or eats a live baby on television. He's on the right team. Go team!

God, it was entertaining living there.

Posted by: jprichva on April 29, 2009 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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