Except when they do. This Republican financial flip-flop turns out to be routine, as that liberal rag known as the Wall Street Journal reported today.
Some GOP hypocrisy highlights:
Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican who called the stimulus a "wasteful spending spree" that "misses the mark on all counts," wrote to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis in October in support of a grant application from a group in his district which, he said, "intends to place 1,000 workers in green jobs."
Republican Reps. Sue Myrick of North Carolina and Jean Schmidt of Ohio sent letters in October asking for consideration of funding requests from local organizations training workers for energy-efficiency projects.
The Environmental Protection Agency received two letters from Sen. John Cornyn of Texas asking for consideration of grants for clean diesel projects in San Antonio and Houston. Mr. Cornyn is the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. One of the letters was signed jointly with Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, also of Texas.
The agency also appeared to have received eight identical letters from Republican Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah recommending infrastructure projects in his state, seven of which were sent before stimulus legislation was passed by Congress.
The entire congressional delegation of Alabama, including its two Republican senators, wrote to then-Forest Service Chief Gail Kimbell asking for $15 million for cogongrass eradication and control programs in the state. The state ended up getting a $6.3 million grant.Not mentioned in this rundown is our very own GOP flip-flopper, Sen. Jim Inhofe. Oh yes. As Rachel Maddow reported on MSNBC last week, Inhofe has been out front criticizing the stimulus package, but taken credit in the Sooner state for bringing home the bacon.
Saying one thing in Washington and another in Oklahoma—that's the very definition of hypocrisy.