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Reacting to Eric Cantor's moronic objection to President Obama's reversal of George Bush's executive order of stem cell research:

CANTOR: [T]here’s a reason why this discussion is coming up this week. Why are we going and distracting ourselves from the economy? This is job number one; let’s focus on what needs to be done. [...] We’ve got a new Congress now. And certainly that is something that we ought to be talking about, but let’s take care of business first. People are out of jobs. And, again, there is a reason why all this is happening right there — right now.

... SusanG pointed out that:

What's pathetic is, he's not even pretending there's a moral objection any more. It's just knee-jerk contradiction for the hell of it at this point. And I'm pretty sure the millions of families affected by diseases that can be tackled through this research would beg to differ with Cantor on the definition of "distraction."

Of course as it turns out, Mr. Cantor is only concerned about "distractions" from the economy when it serves his political purposes. How else can you explain his co-sponsoring the following in less than two months?

– H. Res. 204: Congratulating the American Dental Association for its 150th year of working to improve the public’s oral health and promoting dentistry.

– H. Res. 18: A bill honoring the life, achievements and contributions ofPaul Newman.

– H.R. 997: To declare English as the official language of the United States.

– H.R. 836: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce the tax on beer to its pre-1991 level, and for other purposes.

And while few would dispute the achievements of Paul Newman (or the need for lower taxes on beer), it would be downright impossible to dispute the fact that Eric Cantor is a massive hypocrite.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 06:35 PM PDT.

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