Republicans: Spend As I Say, Not As I Do

Talk about hypocrisy.  The Republican freshman class came into office under the battle cry of ending government waste, being the watchdog of taxpayer dollars, and focusing on getting federal spending under control.

But when it comes to their own spending, it’s do as I say, not as I do.

As Politico reports, Washington does have a spending problem, and it’s being perpetuated by its newest GOP politicians.  From excessive franking privileges that appear to be more about upping their public relations appeal with their voters to expensive car leases that will cost the taxpayers an excess of $10,000 this year alone, formerly fiscally conservatives seem to have thrown restraint to the wind now that they are actually in office.

The Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Laborer Party (DFL) has questioned their own spending king, Rep. Chip Cravaack, over his reported use of a leased vehicle that was noted to cost the taxpayers $1700 in March. 

“Where is the common sense perspective when you chose to make taxpayers pay $1000 a month for you to lease an automobile?” asked DFL Chairman Ken Martin in a letter addressed to the congressman.  “Where was that concern for fiscal responsibility when your office spent $1700 on that same lease in March alone? How can you justify spending more taxpayer money each month on a car than the average family in your district spends each month on their mortgage?  And why would you think it is ok to force seniors off of Medicare in the name of fiscal responsibility, but not embrace that same concept yourself?”

This wouldn’t be the first time that these Republicans were accused of hypocrisy.  Many, including Cravaack, campaigned against government health care during their elections, then willingly accepted their own government health care upon entering office.  And for Cravaack, a former pilot who has had no issue with using his union to get comfortable disability wages, and who survived for years on unemployment, it’s not terribly surprising that he is still talking the talk despite walking something completely different.

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Lori Ann Hone
Lori Hone5 years ago

Republican=Hypocrite Liar!

Maarja L.
Maarja L.5 years ago

Seems to be the issue with most politicians, but Republicans really take it up to eleven.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener5 years ago


Ann P.
A P.5 years ago

They are the ones with "entitlement" issues. They believe they have earned their perks. But, those who have paid into Soc Sec, Medicare, Unemployment Insurance, etc. are not entitled to it. In there world view, if you aren't rich, it's because you are a failure. And failures deserve what they get, which is nothing. It is black and white. Win or lose. And winner take all. They are winners and to the winners go the spoils. The other 98% are pathetic losers who should be grateful for any crumbs they "volunteer" to throw their way.

christopher murray

What I find funny is that the GOP were exposed as job killers and rich folk benefactors back in the 1980's, when Reagan went on tv and told the poor and middle class it was their duty to finance the country, and that outsourcing jobs to third world nations was America's duty to help out under privlegded countries, and that those jobs lost would resurface in other areas. 30 years later, and while some are still buying the Republican snake oil, the masses as waking up, and seeing how one party has brought the nation to its knees, and nearly destroyed it from within.

Alice G.
Alice G.5 years ago

Beware what we say. Our Repubs and Tea Partyers can call any reference to human rights and people rights socialism and communism.

Maureen L.
Maureen Leibich5 years ago

People have got to realize that they cannot expect the Republicans to do anything for anyone except the rich and corporations. This has always been so, and it is still so. I certainly hope those who voted the Republicans in are taking a good look at what is happening here.

MaryAnn L.
MaryAnn Larson5 years ago

Angela R. You got it right, girl. You can add: Make them borrow the money for their campaigning, and then pay it back with interest to the government. (snowball in hell, anyone?)

Michael M.
Michael M.5 years ago

Well, yes, Repukes have ALWAYS been on the hypocrisy band-wagon for years.

Angela R.
Angela R.5 years ago

The American Summer (after the Arab Spring)

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

2. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.
The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

8. Term Limits.
12 years only, one of the possible options below...
A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year Hou