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July 28, 2014

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GOP hypocrisy is nauseating

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The Republican congressional hypocrisy is unbelievable and would be a sad joke if it wasn’t so pathetically entrenched in current Washington, D.C., policymaking.

This month, Rep. Darrell Issa and his committee held a hearing allegedly to look into security lapses in regard to the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans.

Issa and his Tea Party cohorts, who have slashed the State Department’s security budget since 2010 by nearly half a billion dollars, need only look in the mirror and stop wasting taxpayers’ money on this circus hearing.

The fake outrage by Issa and his committee is nauseating and merely a blatant diversion in hopes we all forgot about their scorched-earth approach to budgetary allotments.

Guess what, GOP? You get what you pay for, and for all the folks out there who want small government and don’t want to pay for needed services such as security for diplomatic missions, the attack on Benghazi is just a classic example of what small government looks like up close and personal.

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  1. And a precursor of what's to come should we allow them to take over.

    Wake up people!

  2. It has already come to light that money was not a factor in the decision not to provide additional security in Benghazi. The person in the State Department that made the decision said that money considerations were not part of the decision.

    People who do not want smaller government should just make that case without attempting to 'manufacture' reasons to support that view.

    Michael

  3. Perhaps we should save some of the outrage we're showering on each other for the murderous terrorists who were really responsible.

  4. I'm a politicalal junkie. I can't get enough of the back and forth. I relish it. I have an unwaivering belief in the strength of this country and its people. The US moves by its own momentum, regardless of who is in charge. God bless the USA.

    CarmineD

  5. Carmine: I confess that I too am addicted to the political drama this year, far more than in previous cycles.

    To all: VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE! No matter your affiliation, VOTE!

  6. Hypocrisy seem to be a trademark of Republicans. As examples:

    They beat their chests patriotically about supporting our troops but refuse to pay an additional dime in taxes to support those same troops.

    They wring their hands about passing debt to the next generations but will not support paying $1 in additional taxes for every $10 in spending cuts.

    They lament that 47% of us don't take responsibility for our own lives, but view refusal to insure we can pay for our own healthcare as a Constitutional right.

    They favor less government regulation for business and more government regulation for women.

    I could go on, but you get the idea.

  7. There is an interesting article in the NYT by Eric Shmitt this morning regarding Libya. In it the WH is blaming intel and the CIA is two-stepping. The interesting point for this discussion is that finances are not mentioned as an issue. Until we can be honest with each other about what is happening within our government, we will only make negative progress.

    As an aside: Last week President Obama announced that the sales figures for last quarter for GM and Chrysler were the best they have been in over 4 years. I find it interesting that he knows the sales figures for these two auto companies yet was unaware of the security problems facing our ambassador in Libya.

  8. @Elaine Harman, of Las Vegas, Nevada.

    In addition to outright partisanship on display by Darrell Issa, he released documents with the names of individuals who where not known before.

    Plus, this committee chair by Issa comes out of recession to attack on an issue the Father of Mr. Stevens say should not be a political issue, and wait until all the facts are in before making a decision.

    President Obama wins re-elections by 6 to 8 points.

  9. @PISCES41,

    "They wring their hands about passing debt to the next generations but will not support paying $1 in additional taxes for every $10 in spending cuts." (Jim Weber)

    Just wanted to say your thoughts are reasonable, and should generate a response from reasonable people.

    This is a reasonable argument. Good stuff. I like it!

  10. It should be noted that the request from the US Department of State in their 2010 budget request included a decrease of about 50% under the heading of Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance for the line item of Worldwide Security Upgrades. The cut was roughly $900M. So, they had requested a significant drop in 2010 and the amount requested in that category has been flat to decreasing their requests. So, try to blame the Republicans, but the White House has actually be requesting less money in that area. Even as they have at times wanted larger increases in the budgets for State, they have been holding down the numbers in security.

  11. Michael, how can money be no factor in a decision? If you have just so many Dollars in your budget to work with, it will inevitably shape your decision -- whether consciously or unconsciously.

  12. A letter of irony coming from a backer of a party that wants to pull troops out of every place possible and let others fend for themselves. It makes no sense you can not have it both ways.

  13. @petef,

    "A letter of irony coming from a backer of a party that wants to pull troops out of every place possible and let others fend for themselves. It makes no sense you can not have it both ways" (Peter Fritz)

    Mr. Fritz, would you say your statement is extreme? No supporting information?

    Are you associating America troop withdraw in the Middle East to letting others fend for themselves?

    Where is the information to support your position?

  14. Comment removed by moderator. Name Calling

  15. AScott -- This is not an editorial. It is a letter to the editor, written by a reader.

  16. You sound like a hit squad for Hugo C.