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Can’t *anybody* in the GOP play this game?
Posted by: Billy Hollis on Wednesday, December 31, 2008

We all know that the hypocrisy of politicans knows no bounds, but occasionally they do something that even the most severe of the rationally ignorant populace will notice as hypocritical. This week's example: allowing themselves to get a raise not long after pontificating about how corporate executives need to make sacrifices.

The opinion piece on the raise that I referenced above says this:
When Congress begins a new session next Tuesday, critics have an idea for the very first vote: Block the 2009 raise for all 535 senators and representatives.
Sure, that's what they ought to do. But this is such an opening for the GOP opposition to take unilateral action that I can't believe no one has done it yet. Any member of Congress could issue a release much like this:

From Congressman xxx from the State of yyy

It is outrageous that my fellow members of Congress are allowing us to get a raise at this critical time for our economy. We have called on everyone else to sacrifice, but apparently my colleagues believe themselves to be above all of that.

I know that I am not. So I have decided that I will donate any amount of income that accrues from this raise directly back to the US Treasury.

I encourage my fellow members of Congress to do the same, and I further support an effort to roll back this raise for all members of Congress.

Gamesmanship? Yes. But that's the way the political game is played. And as the last few years have demonstrated, the Republicans suck at it.
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The Republicans are infected with suck.
Written By: Grimshaw
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They’re in league, together. The more I see of it, the more I’m convinced of it. Classical Liberalism is on life support. The dems haven’t given a sh*t about it for some time and now the repubs are all "me likey, too". It’s depressing.
Written By: RFN
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I second Billy’s proposal. It’s an easy victory just waiting to be snatched up. Gives the Republicans some initiative right out of the gate, forcing a Democrat response.
Written By: Bryan Pick
Spot on.

The GOP is looking to play the "we’re not as bad as the party in power!" game the Dems prefected. So being just a tad less corrupt, greedy and venal works for them.

Pigs. At. The. Trough. All of them
Written By: shark
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The problem with this piece of gamesmanship is that I can’t use ’GOP’ and ’fiscal responsibility’ in the same sentence without laughing. They have no credibility here.
Written By: tkc
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The Republicans are infected with suck.
and blow, whereas the democrats are just infected and contagious :)
Written By: capt joe
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The only argument I have with this post is the use of word "terrorists" Please call them what they really are...tribal genocidists. Look up "bahutu" or read a little history of pogroms if you doubt me.

A Gentile.

Written By: RiverRat
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The problem with this piece of gamesmanship is that I can’t use ’GOP’ and ’fiscal responsibility’ in the same sentence without laughing. They have no credibility here.
The whole idea is to start re-establishing their credibility.
Written By: Bryan Pick
RiverRat - I think you meant to comment on the post above Billy’s.
Written By: Bryan Pick
So I have decided that I will donate any amount of income that accrues from this raise directly back to the US Treasury.
Well, this statement sure isn’t going to establish your fiscal responsibility bonafides. Why not donate the money to some orgnization that will actually spend it wisely?

Written By: Terry
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{Wry grin} Terry, as a practical matter, you’re right, even if that’s just a humorous observation.

As a political perception matter, donating the money back to the Treasury then gives a net effect of zero. No side issues for faux-objective journalists to harp over.
Written By: Billy Hollis
Most Republicans are Democrat-lite with even less principles to stand on. Regardless, I wrote and told the leadership to take a stand on this raise; especially since I have watched my retirement savings, those that I now live on, almost disappear. An even worse insult was seeing Lehman Brothers’ management allowed to receive 2.5 billion in bonuses after driving the company into bankruptcy and having my AAA rated bonds with them become almost worthless. No Enron type prosecution for them or any other of the government or private leaders who caused this meltdown. And note that Mr. "50 billion swindled" Madoff is now under house arrest in his NTC penthouse, of all things. We can’t have our betters, those in government positions and the rich and powerful they they rub shoulders with, sacrificing along with the rubes.

Maybe it’s time for another Shays’ Rebellion to shake things up a bit; I don’t know how our betters will get the message otherwise.
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