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A funny and completely unexpected thing happened yesterday, a GOP member of the House took credit for a project paid with Stimulus money! And after standing next to DOT Secretary whose speech was all about ARRA, her staff then claimed she didn't know/denied it was a Stimulus-funded project. </snark>

More on the flip...

Yesterday, Rep Jo Ann Emerson (R, MO-08) attended a grand opening of the Holcim Cement Plant in St. Genevieve, which was funded by the Recovery Act which she (being Republican) opposed.

The DOT press release, "Secretary Ray LaHood, along with Reps. Russ Carnahan and Jo Ann Emerson, will attend the ribbon cutting at Holcim's newest Recovery Act-funded cement plant in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri."

This cement factory apparently created 2500 jobs during its construction and 250 jobs for the operation of the plant. And if you want to know what that means for a place like Southeast Missouri, think how desperate you'd be if parts of your district were in the mid-teens in U-3 unemployment.

Emerson has been full-throated in her opposition to ARRA: "I opposed the stimulus for two reasons: the spending was irresponsibly high, and I saw no way this money could be spent accountably by the federal government."

Then she tweeted: "Great grand opening event at Holcim today."  She went on to mention the benefits of the factory, but not how it was funded.

If you don't know the area or this race check out what Begala said a few months ago about the Democrat and Green Beret born and raised in the district who's trying to oust this Beltway-born Insurance lobbyist from Congress here.

Sowers is an 11-year Army Special Forces veteran, running unopposed as the Democrat for Congress Since Begala's article Tommy outraised Emerson in 2010 Q1 by over $70,000, with 99% of his contributions coming from individuals.

The campaign isn't sitting this one out...which in Rush Limbaugh's home district is all-too uncommon!  Sowers' Campaign Manager Jonathan Feifs got quoted saying, "Apparently, Jo Ann has an extremely short memory.  Three months after reiterating her opposition to the Recovery Act, she is out touting the results of the very same piece of legislation.  The people of Southeastern Missouri are smarter than this: this is hypocrisy and Washington politics at its worst."

I saw this on ThinkProgress and figured some of my fellow Kossacks could show it some love!

Originally posted to chasewho on Sat Jun 05, 2010 at 08:28 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    "A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy" ~T.R.

    by chasewho on Sat Jun 05, 2010 at 08:28:36 AM PDT

  •  Republican hypocrisy is so common now (2+ / 0-)
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    sc kitty, mamamedusa

    It's hardly even news. It's just a matter of time before the definition of hypocrisy changes and becomes synonymous with Republican.

    "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    by atlliberal on Sat Jun 05, 2010 at 08:39:52 AM PDT

  •  same ol same ol (3+ / 0-)
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    chasewho, Thinking Fella, mamamedusa

    Just hope all those people who were employed by the project will vote.

    If I were to design a trojan horse to bring down the Republican party, it would bear an uncanny resemblance to Rand Paul. - #104758

    by mydailydrunk on Sat Jun 05, 2010 at 08:56:48 AM PDT

  •  Southeast Missouri desperately needs jobs. (1+ / 0-)
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    chasewho

    And the people of southeast Missouri desperately need to stop voting Republican.  I'm kin to that whole corner of the state, just about.  They're perfect examples of poor White folks who vote Republican out of some misplaced sense of godliness and racial pride.

    Good luck to anyone working on talking sense to that bunch.  It has potential-- people will acknowledge a more nuanced understanding of how the world works in one-on-one conversations with neighbors and family-- but I can't be the one to do the talking in that particular corner of the state.  They drive me up a wall.

    •  Since You're From There.... (1+ / 0-)
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      mamamedusa

      Do you have any explanation for why SE Missouri has always seemed to be a Republican stronghold even back when neighboring northeastern Arkansas, southern Illinois, and western Kentucky were Democratic strongholds?  I've never really understood why Cape Girardeau has always been such a Republican stronghold.

      •  I can give you a personal impression (1+ / 0-)
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        Mark27

        based on coming from the region in a family/culture kind of way.

        My parents would never vote for a Democrat, ever.  They were both born dirt poor-- from families that could accurately be described as squatters and sharecroppers, but who would never in a million years describe themselves that way-- but eventually earned bachelor's degrees in education, largely by way of Dad having served in the Army for a few years at the end of the Korean War and qualifying for GI Bill benefits.

        What's important to my folks: Conventional gender norms that steer young women towards having babies young and being tied down permanently to a young man who looked like a good prospect to a desperate 16-year-old.  Military service, for men, since that's often the only way anyone achieves any kind of material security.  Church groups that intermix kinship, community, social support, and experiential/ecstatic religion while enforcing those gender norms.  Grim determination, wicked wit, and a pervasive urgency to keep everyone in their place.

        What's super-important and never openly acknowledged: At least we're not Black.  Seriously, these are people who are much more comfortable with the idea of first cousins having kids together than with Black and White people having kids together.  At my dad's funeral last week, my aunt talked about her grandson who is in fact the offspring of first cousins-- but I don't know of any Black-White biracial cousins.  I'm sure I have some, because everybody in my family breeds like bunnies and it's not like there aren't any Black people in the area.

        There are lots of things I can't say around my Mom without sending her into a panic of defensive denial.  Some of them are very personal; lots of them have to do with maintaining this racial divide.  I can't say anything in her presence about her dad being a sharecropper or about my having been the last White girl to pick cotton-- even though both are in fact true--  because it sounds like I could be describing Black people.  That's the great unspoken rule: Poor rural Blacks and poor rural Whites may share the exact same dire economic circumstances, but we must never ever under any circumstances let on that we're as bad off as our Black neighbors are.  

    •  This is Ste. Gen county (1+ / 0-)
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      mamamedusa

      That's actually in Russ Carnahan's district, and they tend to lean very slightly towards the Dam.

      It's also a not very populous county, and it's likely that the majority of the workers there will come from neighboring counties and Emerson's district. I don't know how long they've been so GOP, but "law and order" judges from the Bootheel tended to hand out 5 year jail terms for the crime of protesting the Vietnam war.

      http://drsquid.blogspot.com

      by Dr Squid on Sat Jun 05, 2010 at 09:35:28 AM PDT

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  •  This has become a... (3+ / 0-)
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    chasewho, Thinking Fella, mamamedusa
    ...typical Republican bait & switch:

     Decry stimulus money for being the highest form of Obamian evil; then praise (or take credit for) stimulus money once it adds jobs to your district. And hope your ill-informed & not very bright constituency never notice the swindle.

    Apparently, the traditional media does not find this specific type of Republican bait & switch very newsworthy.

    If a million people watch Olbermann, "nobody watches him." If 2 million watch Beck, he's "a national sensation spearheading a political movement."

    by wyvern on Sat Jun 05, 2010 at 09:21:27 AM PDT

  •  Again? (1+ / 0-)
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    mamamedusa

    This isnt the first time Emerson has done this...

    http://www.dailystatesman.com/...

    She canceled this event.  I guess she had the cajones to actually attend this one...

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