Friday, February 20, 2009

Map the Hypocrites

TPM has some interactive fun.

It’s one thing to accept money from a piece of legislation you campaigned strenuously against. But we’re seeing more and more stories about Republicans who just got done trashing the stimulus bill in Washington and are now back in their districts taking credit for the spending programs contained in it. A lot of the stories have already been written up. But I think there are many, many more out there. So keep an eye on your local media for examples.

Josh and the gang are asking you to send in links and other citations; they’re constructing the Hypocrimap.

Here’s a couple of examples, including Florida’s own Rep. John Mica.

“Funding for transit projects in the stimulus package could accelerate the Central Florida Commuter Rail project,” Florida Republican Rep. John Mica reports in a press release from his office.

“The total appropriation for transit systems includes $750 million for the New Starts program,” Mica said. “Nationally, the Central Florida Commuter Rail project is next in line for final approval and federal funding from the Federal Transit Administration. …The timing couldn’t be better.”

Except you voted against it. Sheesh.