Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hypocrisy on the industrial scale


An acquaintance asked me why my letters often associate the word “hypocrisy” with the Tea Party. “Everybody’s a hypocrite,” I’m told.

No, not everybody. To be a hypocrite, a politician has to publicly preach one way about a subject, but do exactly the opposite in private. Both Elliott Spitzer, former governor of New York and David Vitter, GOP senator from Louisiana, were caught frequenting prostitutes. Spitzer, who never preached morality during his election campaign, nevertheless lost his job over his pecadillo because of the fake outrage of FOX and right wing talk radio hosts. Vitter, on the other hand, who had run on “family values” saw his visits to the “Washington Madam” barely, if ever, mentioned by FOX. That’s hypocrisy writ large.

Limbaugh, a Vicodin and Percocet addict, was nevertheless comfortable ranting against drug addicts as “weak sisters.” That’s also hypocrisy.

This past week, Rep. Trey Radel, of Florida, a Tea Party darling, was caught buying cocaine in downtown D.C. Mind you, Radel voted in favor of drug testing people on welfare and for cutting $39 billion from the food stamp program aimed mostly at kids and women. Radel’s campaign featured ads deriding “Washington’s typical politicians,” asking voters to vote for him because he would bring to Washington “values that come with integrity.” How’s that for hypocrisy?

Also this past week, we had a story from Frederick County, Md. a very wealthy, mostly white, enclave near D.C. In 1832, the county was given, in perpetuity, 80 acres on the condition that the land be used only for the care of the poor, the indigent and the sick. Until today, the land has been used for those purposes: It has an assisted-care facility, a homeless shelter as well as a clinic, all of them subsidized by federal, state and county grants as well as from money obtained from leases of unused land; the enterprise has been a success at its intended purposes ever since it took care of disabled Civil War wounded and veterans.

Unfortunately, in 2010, Teahadists took over the Frederick County Council. Their first order of business was a no-bid sale, $8 million below the appraised value, of the 80 acres to a private, for-profit enterprise, thereby breaking the terms of the original will — nevermind what happens to the poor, the sick and the homeless now living there. How’s that for hypocrisy? The philosophy of the Tea Party was enunciated by the Frederick Council president: “It is not the job of government to take care of people.” What he really means, of course, is: “It is not the job of government to take care of poor people, only of rich folk and their banks, enterprises and tax shelters.”

Are there any Democratic hypocrites? Sure, here and there. But the GOP manufactures them on an industrial scale.


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Discussion | 23 comments

  • Paddy O'furnitureDecember 10, 2013 - 7:34 pm

    Groaner, you truly are the most imbecilic person frequenting the MD forums. Eliot Spitzer was one of the most notable hypocrites ever put in office. During his tenure he ran a moralistic campaign against prostitution while banging the highest price hookers money could buy. That was one of his big causes and "accomplishments" (prosecution of prostitutes, not employing them). If you wanted to give a practical example of what a hypocrite is to one of your grand kids, Eliot Spitzer would be the textbook definition. I sincerely hope, however that somehow your offspring and theirs as well can discern your disturbed state and abstain from asking you any important questions. I'd even go so far as to say they are probably embarrassed by you and your nonsensical, frothing rants. I certainly would be. They deserve better.

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 17, 2013 - 4:35 pm

    Garon's lie #1 ~~~ Their first order of business was a no-bid sale . . . ~~~ LINK - With assistance from the brokerage services of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, on January 24, 2013, a “Request for Proposals” was released; six proposals were received. Three proposals did not meet the criteria; the remaining three offers ranged from $30,000,000 to $31,500,000. ~~~ "An evaluation committee, including CCRC’s executive administrator and the director of nursing, observed patient care and overall facility operations during site visits to facilities of these three proposers. After these site visits and additional interviews, the two bidders remaining were asked to submit their best and final offer. Aurora Holdings VII, LLC was selected as the favored proposer, based on the following criteria: Patient Care: The quality of patient care was evaluated during the site visits to the facilities, including the Star Ratings of the facilities. The Five Star Quality Rating System helps families . . . " John Garon, did your "industrial scale" prevarication come to you at Home Depot?

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 17, 2013 - 7:24 pm

    John Garon likely dissembles when he asserts the property was sold, "$8 million below the appraised value." It would help to know the appraisal date, John. Regardless, since six entities were responsive to the RFP then the appraisal is moot. Your assertion of no-bid deal is a lie.

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 18, 2013 - 7:55 am

    LINK - In a rare introspective moment John seeks help.

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  • oh brotherDecember 18, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    John must have tons of time on his hands, since we get a new letter from him almost hourly, it seems. He needs a hobby. Something to keep him occupied. It's sad to see the elderly spend their golden years writing rambling, nonsensical letters to the editor that only a handful of people will read, and no one will take seriously. Just think of all the downtrodden 99%ers he could help if he spent his time volunteering at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. But that would mean actually getting off his ass and doing something. It's much easier to just write letters to the Editor, them smile in self satisfaction over how clever you are. =)

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  • observerDecember 18, 2013 - 2:10 pm

    Sick to death of ignorant assumptions like OB's. Love John G or hate him, Mr Garon certainly does not need a hobby. In all probability he leads a more active, varied and intellectually stimulating life than those who idly sit around commenting on his letters. At a guess it took him fifteen minutes to compose this latest submission, allowing OB to smile in self satisfaction at her own cleverness. Pat yourself on the back while you're at it. It feels so good. When you're finished, conduct an experiment. Try commenting on actual content ............ for a change.

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  • oh brotherDecember 19, 2013 - 9:56 am

    Sick to death of arrogant douchebags spouting off. Do you know John Garon? I do. He's a self important, holier than thou, deranged windbag who thinks he knows what's best for everyone. Just think of the utopia our society could be if only we let John Garon run things and take care of us. Lord knows we're too stupid to take care of ourselves, right? And for him to call out Republicans as hypocrites and say nothing about Eric Cantor, Nancy Pelosi, B. Hussein Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jay Carney, et al is just ludicrous. If you can't see that, God help you.A so called "observer" shouldn't be intentionally wearing blinders.

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  • oh brotherDecember 19, 2013 - 10:02 am

    My bad. Eric Holder, not Eric Cantor.

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  • Dink LaneDecember 18, 2013 - 2:17 pm

    Another example of Hypocrisy: McClintock voted to KEEP oil subsidies 14 times..... Yet he voted against the Budget deal to avoid any more shutdowns that cost $25 Billion according to S&P........ Another example of Hypocrisy: McClintock voted to STRIP food stamps from the Farm Bill ($25 Billion) ....... YET he voted to KEEP the $30 BILLION in Crop subsidies & Crop Insurance to 50 billionaires such as co-owners of Microsoft; DISH Network; Amway; Cox Enterprises; Chick-fil-A; and Victoria's Secret...... These people need Tax $$$$ to subsidize their income.... and let children go hungry?...... Don't forget the WATER SUBSIDIES in California alone that McClintock fights to protect..... for these Kern County Farmers....

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  • PattyDecember 18, 2013 - 2:20 pm

    John Thank-you for your letters. I'm not sure oh brother how you can assume he sits on his butt all day. He is an intellegent man and I'm sure he can whip those letters out fast. At any rate I am leaving this area and I would like to say to you I have enjoyed and agreed with everything you have wrote in the past. Good Luck (god knows you need it here with your words falling on deaf ears) and the best to you and yours.

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 18, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    Patty, have you heard from Moe recently? (aka Morris)

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  • oh brotherDecember 19, 2013 - 9:59 am

    Bye Patty! Don't let the door hit you where...well, you know. Have fun in whatever liberal haven you're moving to. Enjoy your gay marriage!

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  • Oh BrotherDecember 21, 2013 - 8:25 am

    Patty-I haven't been on this website doing any blogging because of the guy who had to steal my blog name. Not the same oh brother that you have commented with before. I have reported abusive comments and will be in touch with Mt. Democrat about this. If you have followed my previous blogs, you will be able to tell the difference. I am not bothering anymore on this website to express my opinion. It is to much for me with kooky and now this angry oh brother. Merry Christmas.

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 21, 2013 - 8:45 am

    Which OB is this?

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  • EvelynDecember 21, 2013 - 8:48 am

    Oh Brother @8:25 am: You are authentic. For anyone who has paid attention, the fake OB sticks out like a sore thumb, with content, agenda & tone being at total variance with yours. Likewise, his gender!

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  • JohnDecember 21, 2013 - 8:18 pm

    So sorry I got the wrong person. Therein the Oh brother handle lies the problem of anonymous posts. t

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  • Dee#1December 18, 2013 - 2:24 pm

    Representative McClintock, thank you again for voting for limited government, lower spending, maximum individual freedom and minimum government regulation. Keeping your promises to your voters is greatly appreciated. I look forward to helping your re-election.

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  • Dink LaneDecember 18, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    I love it when someone says "Limited Government"..... limited for you and me....but NOT Airway Farms-$2 Million; Anderson Claytong & Co-$9 million; Boston Ranch (Tom's personal friend from 1000 oaks) $6 million; Cort Ranch and Southern Pacific - $27 Million and Standard Oil - $3 Million and Murieta Farms another $2.5 million in TAXPAYER $$$$..... Just to name a few and ALL of these guys are in California.... he voted for even more $$$$$ to others out of the state..... Limited Government.... Lower spending..... Ha, Ha,..... You guys need to go on officials websites and see how McClintock.... the great conservative ...... is pouring dollars down the drain..... for the guys who pad his pockets.... and then blocks El Dorado County's interest.....

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  • PattyDecember 18, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    Phil no I have not and I miss him! The other voice of sanity. (I mean along with John). Not you!

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  • Tom GibneyDecember 18, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    Are there any Democratic hypocrites? OH Dear Lord THATS FUNNY!! Here and there? That's even funnier!!! I swear the hypocrisy..oh Lord I am going to wet my self laughing! YOU people are a hoot. However, sadly Obama , Pelosi and Reed wrote the book on hypocrisy better than any republican. But for crying out loud you still want to defend this insanity??? Garon, Patty, Dink...I am speechless.

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  • johnDecember 20, 2013 - 10:47 pm

    This comment is directed at "Oh Brother" who claims to know me. Sorry, brother, but I do not consort with people who toss defamations from a coward's favorite place--the shadows of anonymity. If you and I have met, then I am the poorer for it, and if we shook hands, then I personally feel soiled to have touched such a vile person as you. Nothing personal, of course..

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  • EvelynDecember 21, 2013 - 8:57 am

    John: The person posting as OB on Dec. 18, 1:35 pm & Dec. 19, 9:56 am is a fake ("borrowed" another poster's ID) as well (apparently) as a liar.

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  • Oh BrotherDecember 21, 2013 - 2:40 pm

    Evelyn-thank you for being able to distinguish me from the fake...jeez Phil I wouldn't write stuff like that and I do not know Mr. Garon..this is why I have stopped my blogging..but once again I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

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