McConnell hypocrisy

 Posted by at 10:49  Politics, Republicans
Feb 182016
 

Watch the video below to see what Mitch McConnell had to say about confirming judges during a presidential election year back in 2008. Contrast that to what he is saying today.

What a difference a president makes!

Dec 212008
 

The Republicans in the Senate are so concerned that the factory workers who are members of the United Auto Workers might earn a decent wage that somehow this slipped beneath their radar…

AP study finds $1.6B went to bailed-out bank execs

Banks that are getting taxpayer bailouts awarded their top executives nearly $1.6 billion in salaries, bonuses, and other benefits last year, an Associated Press analysis reveals.

The rewards came even at banks where poor results last year foretold the economic crisis that sent them to Washington for a government rescue. Some trimmed their executive compensation due to lagging bank performance, but still forked over multimillion-dollar executive pay packages.

Benefits included cash bonuses, stock options, personal use of company jets and chauffeurs, home security, country club memberships and professional money management, the AP review of federal securities documents found.

The total amount given to nearly 600 executives would cover bailout costs for many of the 116 banks that have so far accepted tax dollars to boost their bottom lines…

The AP compiled total compensation based on annual reports that the banks file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The 116 banks have so far received $188 billion in taxpayer help.

Click on the headline to read the entire article.

So… where’s the outrage? Don’t look for any from the Republicans. This, after all, is their base we are talking about here. It’s perfectly alright for our tax dollars to be spent on millions of dollars in salaries and bonuses for bank executives who are complete and utter failures at their jobs, but heavens forbid we spend a little to help save the job of someone who belongs to a union. Remember that in Republican lexicon, “union” is a four-letter word.

See also: “Wall Street still flying corporate jets.”
 

Quote of the day

 Posted by at 17:34  Politics, Republicans
Aug 152008
 

“Bullying and intimidation are not acceptable ways to conduct foreign policy in the 21st century.” — Republican George W. Bush, August 15, 2008.

How can you not smell the hypocrisy?

Bombing of Baghdad, March, 2003
Bombing of Baghdad, March, 2003

Bonus Quote of the Day:

“Gotta keep your sense of humor.” — Republican Johnny McCain responding to a question about Jerry Corsi’s smut book.

Second Bonus Quote of the Day:

“In the 21st century nations don’t invade other nations.” — Republican Johnny McCain speaking to reporters of the situation in Georgia.

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Gotta keep your sense of humor.

Aug 132008
 

Two Three more examples of Johnny McCain’s lack of ethics, dishonesty and downright hypocrisy have surfaced today…

McCain adviser got money from Georgia

WASHINGTON (AP) – John McCain’s chief foreign policy adviser and his business partner lobbied the senator or his staff on 49 occasions in a 3 1/2-year span while being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the government of the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

The payments raise ethical questions about the intersection of Randy Scheunemann’s personal financial interests and his advice to the Republican presidential candidate who is seizing on Russian aggression in Georgia as a campaign issue.

McCain warned Russian leaders Tuesday that their assault in Georgia risks “the benefits they enjoy from being part of the civilized world.”

On April 17, a month and a half after Scheunemann stopped working for Georgia, his partner signed a $200,000 agreement with the Georgian government. The deal added to an arrangement that brought in more than $800,000 to the two-man firm from 2004 to mid-2007. For the duration of the campaign, Scheunemann is taking a leave of absence from the firm.

“Scheunemann’s work as a lobbyist poses valid questions about McCain’s judgment in choosing someone who – and whose firm – are paid to promote the interests of other nations,” said New York University law professor Stephen Gillers. “So one must ask whether McCain is getting disinterested advice, at least when the issues concern those nations.”

“If McCain wants advice from someone whose private interests as a once and future lobbyist may affect the objectivity of the advice, that’s his choice to make.”

Figure in Abramoff scandal raises money for McCain

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) – A political strategist tied to the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal is helping raise money for John McCain, urging his fellow Georgia Republicans to attend a fundraiser for the presidential candidate in Atlanta.

Ralph Reed, former director of the Christian Coalition, touted himself as a member of McCain’s “Victory 2008 Team” in an e-mail that solicited donations on McCain’s behalf. The Republican National Committee is hosting the fundraiser set for an Atlanta hotel on Aug. 18.

A House investigative committee in 2006 found that Reed interceded with the Bush White House to help some of Abramoff’s clients. Reed’s public relations firm also received $4.2 million from Abramoff to mobilize Christian voters to fight the opening of casinos that could compete with Abramoff’s Indian tribe clients.

Reed later said he regretted the actions, which contributed to his 2006 Republican primary loss in a bid to be Georgia’s lieutenant governor. Abramoff went to prison for conspiracy, mail fraud and tax evasion.

They just keep on coming.

Number three:

Eight Strikes and You’re Out

John McCain recently tried to underscore his seriousness about pushing through a new energy policy, with a strong focus on more drilling for oil, by telling a motorcycle convention that Congress needed to come back from vacation immediately and do something about America’s energy crisis. “Tell them to come back and get to work!” McCain bellowed.

Sorry, but I can’t let that one go by. McCain knows why.

It was only five days earlier, on July 30, that the Senate was voting for the eighth time in the past year on a broad, vitally important bill — S. 3335 — that would have extended the investment tax credits for installing solar energy and the production tax credits for building wind turbines and other energy-efficiency systems.

Both the wind and solar industries depend on these credits — which expire in December — to scale their businesses and become competitive with coal, oil and natural gas. Unlike offshore drilling, these credits could have an immediate impact on America’s energy profile.

Senator McCain did not show up for the crucial vote on July 30, and the renewable energy bill was defeated for the eighth time. In fact, John McCain has a perfect record on this renewable energy legislation. He has missed all eight votes over the last year — which effectively counts as a no vote each time. Once, he was even in the Senate and wouldn’t leave his office to vote.

Nov 072007
 

Surely there is not one person out there who does not see the hilarity and downright hypocrisy in all of this… the man who said America deserved what happened on September 11, 2001 endorses the man whose only reason for running is his self perception as a hero of that awful day.

Pat Robertson Endorses Giuliani

giuliani-robertson.jpgWASHINGTON (AP) – Televangelist Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition, endorsed Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday.

“It is my pleasure to announce my support for America’s Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, a proven leader who is not afraid of what lies ahead and who will cast a hopeful vision for all Americans,” Robertson said during a news conference with Giuliani in Washington.

The former New York mayor backs abortion rights and gay rights, positions that put him in conflict with conservative GOP orthodoxy, and has been trying to persuade evangelical conservatives like Robertson to overlook their differences on those issues.

Evangelicals have split in their support for the leading Republican candidates. Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, a favorite of Christian conservatives who dropped out of the race last month, endorsed fellow Sen. John McCain of Arizona on Wednesday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney recently announced that Paul Weyrich and Bob Jones III were on board with his candidacy.

Asked about the Robertson endorsement, McCain, at a news conference with Brownback in Dubuque, Iowa, said: “Every once in a while, I’m left speechless. This is one of those times.”

Giuliani is best known to voters for leading New York in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Shortly after 9/11, Robertson released a statement in which he said the attacks occurred because Americans had insulted God and lost the protection of heaven by allowing abortion and “rampant Internet pornography.”

Robertson made no mention of his differences with Giuliani on social issues in Wednesday’s statement.

I mean, come on! The Republicans based their entire campaign on their so-called “values” in 2000 and 2004 and now all of a sudden those things no longer matter?

Or is it that we are just now being shown the truth: that all these “religious folk” have been nothing but political tools all along?

If you believe yourself to be a member of the religious right, it is time for you to face the facts… You’ve been used and tossed away like a used tissue. Did you enjoy the ride?