Arnold Bludgeons Fellow Republicans over ‘Cash and Trash’ Strategy

Lungren - Elk Grove’s Marie Antoinette? Over the last several weeks various news outlets have been reporting on the so-called Republican...

Lungren - Elk Grove’s Marie Antoinette?

Over the last several weeks various news outlets have been reporting on the so-called Republican “Cash and Trash” Strategy.

The strategy has been to publicly trash the stimulus plan while at the same time taking credit in their home jurisdictions for the delivery of the much-needed funding. Kind of a whine globally, take credit locally strategy.

Yesterday Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called out his fellow Republicans on national television for the obvious hypocrisy.
"I find it interesting that you have a lot of the Republicans running around and pushing back on the stimulus money and saying this doesn't create any new jobs," Schwarzenner said. "And then they go out and they do the photo ops and they are posing with the big check and they say, 'isn't this great?'"
Closer to home, Elk Grove’s representative in Congress, Republican Congressman Dan Lungren has too played loose and fast with his position on the stimulus plan. Last year Lungren voted lockstep with his fellow Republicans against the plan.

Once the money started flowing into the district, it was a different story though. Suddenly Lungren saw the light and said the stimulus money would help the area.

Not unlike Marie Antoinette, Lungren wants to have his cake and eat it too.

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James said...

Let me get this straight if you oppose the legislation as a whole you can't support any part of it? Or, If you only agree with one or two provisions of a massive spending proposal that will strap our children's children with massive debt then you can't oppose the whole bill.

This doesn't make sense. In politics people add uncalled for additions to bills that might have some good proposals in them. The Legislator is not given the choice to only vote on the small portion of the bill that they agree with they must cast a vote on a huge bill that they could not possible support.

So, yes you can be against the stimulus as a whole but support specific projects that are contained in the bill.

Capt. Benjamin L. Willard said...

You are missing the point James.

The fact that ALL house Republicans voted agsinst the stimuls bill shows that Lungren voted as he was told, not what was best for the district.

Lungren should have been honest and said he lacked the spine to stand up to his party leadership and put the people of his district first, not party leadership.

Don't think that is the case? Just look at yesterday's Senate vote on the jobs bill.

Oh, BTW James, your logic is the same logic John Kerry was ridiculed for in the 2004 election. YOu can't have it both ways.

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