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.