Quick Hits: Republicans Only Publicly Hate Stimulus

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


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"?