Thursday, May 18, 2006

Oh no he didn't!...Corker serves himself up once again as the main course for hungry opposition

Fire up the grill and bring out the BBQ sauce, Bob Corker is once again offering himself up as the main course for this primary season's politician pig roast.
Today I heard Bob Corker's newest radio ad in which his record as Chattanooga Mayor is portrayed as that of a true fiscal conservative, and in which his campaign goes so far as to actually fabricate an issue about congressional pay raises.
Both claims are total bullshit, and it will be interesting to see if any of the political press covering the Senate race will have the huevos to call him on it.
The radio ad (I hear a portion of the text is also running as a TV spot) opens up with news that "the federal debt hit an all-time high this quarter," and that "Congress voted again to raise their pay."
The debt part is right, but Congressional pay raise issue is a straw man issue. Congress has not voted to raise its pay, period. In fact, raises for members of congress are automatic and are linked to whatever the standard cost of living raises are for a certain level of federal employees.
While the debt issue is real, what makes this assertion in a Corker ad laughable is that as Mayor, Corker raised Chattanooga's long term debt ceiling through the roof to record levels. Furthermore,(as I have posted before) Corker has given himself multiple pay raises as Mayor. Talk about calling the kettle black!
The ad goes on to claim that as Mayor, Corker kept campaign promises, controlling government spending and keeping property taxes low.
Again, I call bullshit on the man!
When Corker was Mayor he raised property taxes, while giving himself multiple pay increases, and while holding back on funds for much needed emergency 911 (I also posted on this before).
Pushing the envelope in tight political races is par for the course. But making up issues to run against and lying about your record in office merely makes Corker the preferred dish for his hungry opposition.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mary Mancini said...

There is no such thing as a "fiscal conservative," even though Republicans like Corker want you to believe there is. The Republican Party is the party of fiscal incontinence. Democrats are the party of fiscal responsibility. We need to start talking about it that way. Repubs: Fiscally Incontinent. Dems: Fiscally Responsible.

Democrats are excellent stewards of our tax dollars. We use it where it needs to be used - education, healthcare, security, and support for the least fortunate among us. Republicans use tax dollars to give tax breaks to big oil, contracts to private military companies, and enough pork projects to satisfy all their special interest groups.

The fiscal conservative is a myth, like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster.

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