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Monday, July 12, 2010

Hypocrite of the Day - Senate Republican Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)

Top Senate Republican Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) insisted on Sunday that Congress should extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans regardless of their impact on the deficit, even as he and other Republicans are blocking unemployment insurance extensions over deficit concerns (See: How 2 million lost jobless benefits ).

Senator Kyl and his brethren who said that they were for helping the unemployed "if it only didn't raise our deficit" can bite my ass as a f**king idiot. 

Practice What You Preach. 

In that one position, cut taxes to the rich regardless of deficit, you show that you really don't have any convictions at all - other than pamper the rich.

I find it appalling that MILLIONS of people are losing their unemployment insurance because Republicans will not vote to extend them "because of the deficit."  If you really believed that, I could understand your position on unemployment insurance (I may not agree, but I would understand).  But when you completely change your tune because it is one of your "pet" issues, then you are nothing more than a hypocrite.

White House aides immediately seized on the comments. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs wrote on Twitter, "Kyl says wealthy need big Bush tax cuts while middle class families are on their own to fend for themselves as a result of Bush economy."

For the past few months, congressional Republicans have demanded that any additional spending be offset by budget cuts or revenue increases elsewhere. And yet, Kyl is now suggesting that the same budget rules shouldn't apply with respect to tax cuts for the wealthy, which are set to expire unless Congress acts to renew them. As Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly notes:

It's quite a message to Americans: Republicans believe $30 billion for unemployment benefits don't even deserve a vote because the money would be added to the deficit, but Republicans also believe that adding the cost of $678 billion in tax cuts for the wealthy to the deficit is just fine.


  1. Why don't people see the Republicans for the horrible people they are?

  2. because most people are horrible or stupid.