Quick Hits: Republicans Only Publicly Hate Stimulus

In private, some lawmakers weren't too shy to stick their hands out.

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Some in the GOP get caught talking out both sides of their mouth by The Washington Times with regards to the job stimulus bill. DailyKos does a nice job of outlining the skullduggery

And here's even more quotes uncovered by the Washington Times in private letters written by Republican lawmakers seeking stimulus funds from the Agriculture Department:

Sen. Mike Johanns, Nebraska Republican: "The proposed project would create 38 new jobs and bring broadband to eight hospitals, five colleges, 16 libraries and 161 K-12 schools"

Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican:"It is anticipated that the project will create over 200 jobs in the first year and at least another 40 new jobs in the following years."

Rep. John Linder, Georgia Republican:"the employment opportunities created by this program would be quickly utilized"

We're sure there's a perfectly good explanation for this. And before you say it's just a matter of politicians looking out for their constituents, consider this: why wouldn't the pols in questions say as much? Why not say "This isn't something I personally agree with but if this is what we're doing then...so be it"?

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