As progressive blogger mooncat at Left in Alabama points out, freshman GOP Rep. Martha Roby was recently asking for a truce from the Obama administration and Democrats, pleading with them not to run any attack ads holding her to account for her vote in favor of Paul Ryan's budget and its accompanying plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system.
Amazingly, even after that, they decide to trot her out to give the Republican Weekly Address defending Ryan's budget. That said, worrying about blatant hypocrisy and whether anyone in the media might bother to point it out has never been one of the GOP's big concerns.
Here's more from Left in Alabama:
Will Roby again beg President Obama for mercy for her vote to "essentially end Medicare?"
She probably should, but the text of her pre-recorded message is already available and Roby confines herself to holding the debt limit hostage and a reiteration of the GOP platitude that "everything should be on the table -- everything, that is, except tax increases. We cannot tax the same people we expect to create jobs."
Seriously. That's a verbatim quote from Martha Roby.
Wake up and smell the coffee, folks. Tax cuts don't create jobs, they create deficits. If tax cuts were going to create jobs, the Bush tax cuts would have created jobs. Instead, as the Wall Street Journal remarked, George W. Bush had the worst record on job creation since they started keeping records!
She was also touting more "drill baby drill" energy policies, as though we've got enough oil available here in the United States to make any difference compared to what we consume, and that that oil doesn't end up being sold by a cartel where we've got no control over the price, and pretending the solution for our country is not figuring out how to get off of oil dependence all together. And of course, she said nothing about whether oil speculators are running those costs up as well.
She also pulled out the Republicans' favorite boogeyman -- tax hikes -- as being harmful to the economy when we all know full well that they don't care how badly taxes are raised on the poor and the middle class or small businesses as long as their wealthy campaign contributors don't see their taxes go up. If they actually cared about protecting small businesses and taxing those who are hoarding all of the wealth in the United States, the Republicans would have voted to let the Bush tax cuts expire for anyone making less than $250,000. Instead they decided to hold the unemployed hostage to get those tax cuts back for the upper earners.
And when any of our politicians in this country start talking about outsourcing and a race to the bottom on wages, I'll believe they're serious about whether our economy actually improves or not. Naturally any discussion on those topics rarely makes the national discourse by our corporate media.
Transcript via the LA Times below the fold:
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