“I find it interesting that you have a lot of the Republicans running around and pushing back on the stimulus money and saying this doesn’t create any new jobs. Then, they go out and they do the photo ops and they are posing with the big check and they say, ‘Isn’t this great?'”
A quote from a high-ranking Democratic official? Nancy Pelosi? Howard Dean?
Nope: Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Republican governor of California.
Democrats have begun to push back against GOP criticisms of their $862 billion stimulus package, noting that many of the Republicans who’ve attacked the measure have sought funds themselves. And the number of those who voted against the bill who have cashed in is growing. According to a count by Bloomberg News, more than 100 Republicans and several Democrats who voted against the bill have written to collect on the cash they didn’t want spent.
Among the critics who’ve now sought money from Obama Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood:
* Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham “wrote LaHood asking for $360 million to improve Interstate 73 near Myrtle Beach. The construction funding ‘is expected to create 5,789 new jobs in the I-73 corridor region,’ said the letter, one of a dozen grant pitches signed by Graham.” Spokesman Kevin Bishop told Bloomberg: “We have to pay it back, so we might as well ensure that we get our share of the money.”
* Republican Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole called the stimulus a “recipe for disaster” last year; today he’s seeking “funding for a grant to help develop an international trade center on a 2,700-acre industrial park, a project he called ‘a catalyst for the potential creation’ of almost 30,000 jobs.”
* Republican Texas Rep. Kay Granger sent out a statement on the anniversary of the stimulus calling the measure “government waste at its worst.” Just months before, she signed her name to six grant proposals, including a toll-road project in the suburbs of Dallas and Fort Worth that she posited “would create approximately 3,500 jobs in the local community,” the wire service said.
* Republican Texas Rep. Pete Sessions dubbed the stimulus “a massive spending binge by the Democrat-controlled Congress,” only he requested money for four different projects — among them a proposal to add a Dallas streecar line. Bloomberg notes the project got $23 million.
* Republican Florida Rep. John Mica said he applauded “President Obama’s recognition that high-speed rail should be part of America’s future,” shortly after the House passed the Democrats’ stimulus bill — which he’d just then voted against.
* Republican Indiana Rep. Steve Buyer labeled the stimulus bill a “sham” last year, but fired off a personal missive to Obama’s Transportation Secretary seeking $80 million for highway construction, which he called “vital to the economic health of North Central Indiana.” In closing, Bloomberg notes that Buyer wrote: “Ray, appreciate your personal attention. Steve.”
Democrats who voted against the stimulus and then sought stimulus money included Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC), Rep. Walt Minnick (D-ID) and Rep. Parker Griffith (R-AL) — a Democrat at the time who has since become a Republican.
But perhaps the best was Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young, who said the “bill was not a stimulus bill. It was a vehicle for pet projects, and that’s wrong.”
He promptly cheered his own success in getting a pet project into the bill, saying that he’d “won a victory for the Alaska Native contracting program and other Alaska small business owners last night in H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”
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MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle: The markets finally realized the economic crisis is linked to the health crisis
MSNBC market expert Stephanie Ruhle told Brian Williams on Wednesday that the reason Americans saw the stock market fall this week is that they have finally realized that things aren't getting any better.
Williams asked if the numbers this week are different from normal pre-election years.
"This is quite different," said Ruhle. "The markets have woken up to the fact that this health crisis is directly linked to the economic crisis. The markets can't thrive when we don't have a national plan to deal with the coronavirus. And you look at the GDP, you know that tomorrow, you led the show with it, the president is going to say, 'We're back, baby! With the greatest economy ever.' That's not the case. We have been seeing improvements. We are on the road to recovery. But even if we get 30 percent, 35 percent GDP, which would be positive, it's far from saying we're back."
Stephen Colbert does hilarious MAGA-Frozen parody after Trump fans were abandoned in the Omaha cold
Those who've been subjected to "Let it Go" from the Pixar film "Frozen," for the past decade will recognize the new tune from "A Late Show" host Stephen Colbert.
"MAGA Frozen" celebrates those who could lose a toe to the tune of "Let it Go."
"The MAGA rally just ended tonight,He danced to YMCA.His campaign bussed me out hereBut the ticket was one-way.Extremities have all gone numb,All to watch Trump attack Biden's son.My feet can't feel severe frostbite.I think I might,Lose a toe,Lose a toe,Left foot will have only four.Lose a toe,Lose a toe,My choice of footwear was poor.Obamacare will cover my stay.Oh, wait, Barrott got confirmed.Might have to sell this tiara on eBay."
Brett Kavanaugh revised his Wisconsin ruling after Vermont official’s demands — but it still contains the lies
Supreme Court Justice revised his Wisconsin opinion after a Vermont official complained that he misrepresented the way the state dealt with the election amid the pandemic. The problem, however, is that his corrections only cleaned up the sloppy language.
While it no longer appears like a high school mock trial assignment, it still lies about the example he gave in the Vermont details.