(Before we begin tonight’s post, our deepest congratulations to the people of Egypt for their successful protests and thousands of acts of individual courage.)
Now, back to this country. I am constantly amazed how often conservatives practice “Do as I say, not as I do.” In fact, it should become the national GOP theme. Do you think that they believe that folks are too dumb to notice or is it that they are the ones who are too dumb to notice?
There is a great example from our friends at Crooks and Liars.com. [Here]
You know how the GOP is screaming about cutting costs, cutting social programs in general and entitlements in particular? Well, get this. Senator Jon Kyle (R, AZ) has just announced that he will not run for re-election in 2012, but would consider an invitation to run for the vice-presidency. (I kid you not. He actually said it.) Kyle was minority whip and as such, waved the GOP “No” flag, and voted against Health Care, was against extension of unemployment benefits and generally agreed with the GOP’s tight-fisted, mean-spirited fiscal policies.
Crooks and Liars assume that Kyle will probably join the ranks of the very well-paid D.C. lobbyists. They also point out this incredible situation: [Here]
Speaking of money, having been in Congress (both the House and the Senate) for more than 25 years and at the ripe age of 68, Kyl qualifies for the very generous Congressional full pension and benefits for the balance of his life. Not including bonuses for his leadership position, Kyl's annual salary for being a Senator is $174,000, and his full pension is 80% of that or $139,200 annually. That means that the same man who refused to extend unemployment benfits to the 99ers, who wants to repeal health care reform in favor of "market solutions" and drastically cut services to those who can least afford it will be getting a nice little check of almost $12,000 every month [or $144,000 a year] from us taxpayers, thankyouverymuch. And that doesn't include whatever cushy job he gets at some K Street office.
(One wonders if that "cushy job at some K Street office" has been offered and accepted yet?) And this is one of the folks who would quickly and joyfully vote to cut or shave or slice my Social Security and Medicare!
Bye Bye, Jon. Don’t bother to write...