Monday, October 22, 2012

Yet Another Instance of Republican Hypocrisy on the Stimulus

So for their weekly address, the Republicans will be represented by Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK). Mullin, like most Republicans, is a vocal critic of President Obama's stimulus. And also like most Republicans, he wasted no time in trying to get a slice of that sweet, sweet gubment cheese:

A review of stimulus spending by The Associated Press shows companies owned by Markwayne Mullin received the money under contracts with the Cherokee and Muscogee (Creek) nations.

The payments were for plumbing at tribal housing projects and funded through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

When questioned about the obvious hypocrisy, Mullin offered the following defense:

Mullin responded to the story by asserting that he wasn’t aware that the contracts came from the stimulus, and that “plumbing is plumbing.” Had he known the money came from the stimulus, Mullin said, he probably wouldn’t have submitted a bid to work the project.
Okay, a couple things. First, he "probably" wouldn't have submitted a bid? Why the hesitation, chief? Second, as Think Progress notes, he's full of shit when it comes to feigning ignorance on where the money came from:

Documents from the Cherokee Nation, however, revealed that Mullin’s firm was aware that the funding came from the stimulus.
And third, the whole reason that this dipshit was able to get funding for these projects was BECAUSE of the stimulus. Granted, it IS possible that he may have gotten the money from another program or whatever, but the point is, he didn't. And he didn't seem to mention anything about the stimulus funds that he took not creating any jobs, so he's just being a complete and utter douchebag (shocking, I know).

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