Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Two Faces of Senator Lamar Alexander

by Dee Newman

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee said of the stimulus bill, "This is spending, not stimulus." The Senator voted against the stimulus bill because "it was too much spending and too much debt for too little benefit to the economy."

Later, Senator Alexander in a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack applying for stimulus money for a project for Tennessee said, "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."

Senator Alexander obviously feels no shame in benefiting from legislation that he vehemently opposed. His rationale is ". . . the money will be spent, and because Tennessee taxpayers will end up footing part of the bill, they have a right to apply for the funds."

The Senator's philosophy is, to say the least, troubling. Even as he continues to use extremely strident rhetoric criticizing the Obama Administration and its efforts to stimulate the economy and create jobs, he wishes to take credit for projects funded by the same stimulus bill he voted against and continues to oppose.

To me that seems a bit – two-faced and partisan!

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