Tennessee Republicrites Visit Spring Hill

File this one under “taking credit where it’s not due”: Senators Bob Corker, Lamar Alexander and Congressman Marsha Blackburn all went to Spring Hill today Friday to take credit for what the Democrats did:

The irony of the Republican lawmakers’ presence wasn’t lost on the workers who attended the ceremony; they booed Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, and one UAW official made clear from the stage that the union still remembered which politicians had voted to rescue Wall Street but opposed an auto industry bailout.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker
Then: “This administration has decided they know better than our courts and our free market process how to deal with these companies….This is a major power grab.” – March 30, 2009.

Now: “At the end of the day we all have to feel good about what we did,” said Corker, who did attempt to negotiate the failed 2008 aid package. “I contributed to strengthening the auto industry in this country.”

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander
Then: “This is not the right direction: taxpayer money down the drain, and Washington politicians trying to run auto companies. The sooner the politicians get out of the way, the sooner auto jobs and taxpayer dollars will be secure.” – March 30, 2009.

Now: “The center of the auto industry is still moving to Tennessee and the mid-South,” Alexander told WSMV-TV.

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn
Then: “I certainly can’t think of the last time the federal government stepping into an industry caused that industry to be more successful, or more efficient. ” – December 2008.

Now: Blackburn attended, but no quotes from her have been reported. She has been busy with other issues, including a bill to overturn the upcoming ban on incandescent light bulbs.

Bob Corker, of course, voted yes on the bank bailout, no on the auto bailout. Lamar Alexander voted yes on the bank bailout, and missed the auto bailout vote because of surgery, but said he would have voted no. Corker tried to negotiate an alternate auto deal because, as he said at the time, the Big Three Bailout wouldn’t help the industry one bit:

“I mean you couldn’t make it almost more ineffective and more complicated,” said Corker about the White House plan.

Oops. Looks like you were way wrong on that one, buckaroo! And look who shows up expecting chocolates and roses when GM is back in the black and rehiring laid-off workers one year later?

File this one under assholes.

(h/t, ThinkProgress.)


Filed under auto bailout, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Sen. Bob Corker, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee

5 responses to “Tennessee Republicrites Visit Spring Hill

  1. >Republicans and hypocrites are synonyms these days.This is what happens when the press uncritically reports both sides of a debate without refereeing the facts: bad behavior is rewarded.(And of course, our corporate media does not even report both sides equally…they've always got a thumb down on the GOBP side of the scale.)~

  2. >Economic Stimulus. H.R. 5140, the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, passed 385-35 on January 29, 2008 (Roll Call 25). It would provide about $150 billion in economic stimulus, including $101.1 billion in direct payments of rebate checks (typically $600) to most taxpayers in 2008 and temporary tax breaks for businesses. Creating money out of thin air and then spending the newly created money cannot improve the economy, at least not in the long term. (If it could, why not create even more money for rebates and make every American a millionaire?) The stimulus has no offset and thus increases the federal deficit by the amount of the stimulus because the government must borrow the rebate money. A realistic long-term stimulus can only be achieved by lowering taxes through less government and by reducing regulatory burdens. Marsha Blackburn voted FOR this bill.Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman. She is no conservative. See her unconstitutional votes at : http://tinyurl.com/qhaynaMickey

  3. >I'm sorry Mickey but Marsha is most definitely a conservative in the contemporary sense of the word. I guess it's like what Jon Stewart said last night:http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-september-20-2010/right-club

  4. >Can we hear from any Reagan Republicans on this? Hellooooo?As far as "conservative", it used to have meaning. Our host is at BalloonJuice enough to recognize John Cole as one real conservative who has wised up after seeing Iraq for the debacle it is–and has admitted so in electric print (unlike so many revisionists). But Cole will tell you, I'm sure, that he didn't leave the ideology as much as the label and the party left him.Nowadays all you have to do to be called an "honorable conservative" is to say, as John Boehner did, "If President Obama says he's a Christian, I take him at his word".

  5. >less government and by reducing regulatory burdensEnjoy your oil spill. You asked for it.