In the wake of Rep. Mark Souder’s (R-Ind.) admission that while he was preaching abstinence-only education he was also boning one of his underlings and ruining his own marriage, there was quite a debate over on the SCFOM facebook page about what exactly hypocrisy is and which political party exhibits it more.
It’s the kind of debate that inevitably leads to chants of: “Everyone’s bad, so vote Republican!”
Yeah, well everyone isn’t bad. Believe it or not, we’re no fans of Rachel Maddow, but she produced a pretty compelling piece last night on the GOP class of 1994, which was led by Newt Gingrich and stormed to power on the power of the Contract with America. Although said contract included term limits, strangely 10 GOP members from that year are still serving. The number would be even higher if other class members weren’t in jail, resigned for extramarital affairs and resigned for inappropriate contact with underage pages.
While protecting the sanctity of marriage, members cheated on and divorced their wives, took kickbacks from Indian Tribes, golfed on lobbyists dimes, and still had time to tell other Americans that their way of life was the danger, that gays shouldn’t marry, that other people were morally bankrupt.
It’s a bit different today (in that the whole charade) is even more transparent, but the GOP right now is playing the same games. Republicans are expecting big gains in November’s elections, and they’re running on an anti-spending platform (though they didn’t mind the spiraling costs of government when they were in charge). They’re so serious about cutting spending, in fact, that they’ve put in place a moratorium on earmarks. Check this out:
House Republicans in line to chair important committees want less-stringent earmark spending rules next year, when they hope to be in control of the chamber.
Senior Republicans are pushing for a policy that would allow earmarks, the provisions lawmakers insert in spending bills to fund projects in their districts, but would make the process more transparent. House GOP leaders imposed a temporary moratorium on all earmarks in March in a bid to demonstrate fiscal discipline in an election year.
Convenient how the moratorium ends when they could possibly be in power, eh? Bet they’re not running on that plank. For the record, that is hypocrisy, that is a bald-faced lie, and that’s the kind of bullshit that makes a guy like Mark Souder think that he can preach abstinence-only education and the sanctity of marriage while also boning his own staffer. Nobody’s perfect, but Christ Almighty, can we stop pretending that change in this election means putting back the assholes who fucked up the economy to begin with?
And with that, here’s an update on the GOP class of ’94 — a new one may be coming our way in November.
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