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Putting the "Hip" in hypocrisy

Cataloging Washington hypocrisy would be a full-time job for a political blogger, but these two nuggets are worth thinking about as our elected betters preen over the hot topics du jour.

As Henry Waxman prepares to burden Americans with a carbon taxation scheme, President Obama is shirking his responsibility to use the bully pulpit and lead by example when it comes to "saving the planet":

WASHINGTON -- The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

"He's from Hawaii, O.K.?" said Mr. Obama's senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. "He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.

Apparently President Hothouse Flower has no problem cranking the thermostat past 72 degrees if such an arbitrary limit interferes with him eschewing formality in the Oval Office. For the taxpayers' sake, I hope that was a double pane window through which he was attempting to enter the White House.

Then there's the matter of corporate jets. We are told it is unconscionable for CEO's of troubled companies to fly private jets while the "CEO" of the House, Nancy Pelosi, takes a taxpayer-funded private jet everywhere she goes on official business. Never mind that those CEO's junkets aren't paid for by every American taxpayer and CEO's are actually held accountable for their performance by shareholders - they're setting a poor example.

But then again, Congress is doing such a great job they recently got a pay raise, so I guess we can't criticize them too much when they bemoan Wall Street bonuses.


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It gets so much better when... (Below threshold)

It gets so much better when you throw in his recent admonishment to DC-area residents for not being as hardy as a Chicago guy like him:

"When it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don't seem to be able to handle things."

Why didn't he just borrow one of Jimmuh's sweaters?

Obama and/or democrats bein... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Obama and/or democrats being hypocritical is old news. They have always been the party of do as I say not as I do. ww

I really, really don't like... (Below threshold)
James H:

I really, really don't like people's obsessions over the corporate jets. If an exec is using the jet as his personal taxi, there's good reason for outrage.

But seriously ... there are perfectly legitimate reasons to put your top execs on a private jet rather than having them fly commercial.

Same goes for Nancy Pelosi and her official business. The woman's third in line to be president. If, God forbid, something happens to Obama and Biden during a crisis, she needs to be able to step into the presidency quickly. She can't do that if she's flying commercial.

One, Obama is right in crit... (Below threshold)

One, Obama is right in criticizing DC, the DC area is a bunch of wimps when it comes to winter precipitation. Area school districts have actually delayed school openings on the forecast of snow. People leave work early, before it snows, just to beat the crowd. Workers ask for extra pay for coming in when there's any snow on the roads.

Two, what's with the constant harping on Democratic hypocrisy? People who get upset about these things (i.e., you) are already voting against the Democrats (if not for the GOP), and everybody else dismisses this stuff as just more partisan BS.

When it comes to winter wea... (Below threshold)
CZ:

When it comes to winter weather, President Obama just joked, "folks in Washington don't seem to be able to handle things."

They need, he added, some "flinty Chicago toughness."

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2009/01/62036182/1

Seems just a few days ago that Obummer joked about how winter weather had closed his daughters private school.

I guess using the term "flinty Hawaiian toughness" doesn't have the same machismo cachet.

I have heard that Obama tri... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I have heard that Obama tried to make a fire in his fireplace and did not know how to work the flu. The mantle was burned and the fire department was called out.

If GW did this, wow! Wall to wall coverage about what a fool he is. ww

For the record, the whole m... (Below threshold)
Brian:

For the record, the whole myth of Bush requiring jackets in the Oval Office is... well, a myth.

*Breaking News* White Hous... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

*Breaking News* White House Heating Systems and Jet Engines Pollute.

That is just the way things work now and the Obama Administration is working to improve that.

It's not hypocrisy to live and function in the world as it exists.

Counting each kilowatt The Decider personally uses is rather pointless.

Last I checked, those bail-... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Last I checked, those bail-out CEO's weren't eating $100 steaks.

James, Most Conser... (Below threshold)
tyree:

James,

Most Conservatives, including me, agree with you. What we don't like is the "do as I say, not as I do" attitude. I don't want anyone in the government telling me what is the appropriate use for my money. I was at a meeting where a bunch of union members (teachers) were telling the school board what they thought the features of our new magnet school should be. They opposed almost everything the parents wanted and thought that one class in music theory was an adequate substitute for band. The propaganda machine has done a good job because many people think conservatives want to tell other people what to do, when it is obvious that liberals have earned that badge, over and over again.

Adrian, do you really not s... (Below threshold)
JimK:

Adrian, do you really not see that Obama's stated "beliefs" and his actions contradict each other? That his directions and admonitions to us fly in the face of his own personal choices? Do you REALLY not see it?

Jim,It isn't possibl... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Jim,
It isn't possible, at present, for anyone to live and function in the world without polluting -- especially the President. You have to be realistic. A runaway freight train can't be stopped and turned around in an instant.

There is a difference between USING energy and WASTING energy.

Obamalama quote of the day:... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Obamalama quote of the day: "We have to keep digging ourselves out of this hole." Sweet. ww

"Breaking news"Pel... (Below threshold)
914:

"Breaking news"

Pelosi and Her entourage of millionaire idolizers crash and burn in the taxpayer funded lear jet world Shes living in.

Shucks!

The trolls seem determined ... (Below threshold)

The trolls seem determined to give Great Leader a pass on this one. Maybe they need to be reminded of what exactly he had to say about our thermostats.

"We can't...keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times...That's not leadership. That's not going to happen."

Still want to give our "leader" a pass on cranking up the thermostat so high he needs to remove clothing? Maybe I should say it again: "That's not going to happen."

I know it's chilly under your globally warmed bridges nowadays, but that's the only place your defenses makes sense. "It's not possible" for him to not crank up the thermostat in his office so high he has to take off clothing? That's "not possible" in today's world? Good grief, Charlie Brown.

The One just needs to decla... (Below threshold)

The One just needs to declare that heating and air conditioning are "bonuses" and thus bad for the economy. No one who accepts money or benefits from the government is to have a bonus this year. This is not the time for bonuses!

Also, anyone who accepts protection (thus, a benefit) from the government (military, police, fire, etc.) is to accept a bonus this year!
Welcome to the Obamanation!

"There is a difference betw... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"There is a difference between USING energy and WASTING energy."

There's a big difference between USING money and WASTING money. Steak at $100 a lb seems a bit on the wasteful side to me.

James H - "If, God for... (Below threshold)
Marc:

James H - "If, God forbid, something happens to Obama and Biden during a crisis, she needs to be able to step into the presidency quickly. She can't do that if she's flying commercial."

Pelosi can't? Why not?

The comment section needs a "think button" to be pressed prior to hitting the submit button.

Adrian, your answer to Jim ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Adrian, your answer to Jim K was woefully lacking in addressing what he said. But hey...

The fact is Obama said himself: "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times . . . and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK."

I doubt we'll hear a peep out of him about this until summer - when the temperatures are more to his liking - and he's turning the air conditioning off in the Oval Office. It'll be lecture time again.

What's this BS about Obama ... (Below threshold)
hermie:

What's this BS about Obama needing it hot because he's from Hawaii? The man lived 20 plus years in Chicago, a place not known for being a tropical paradise in mid-January.

Excuse me but... remember w... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Excuse me but... remember when: Barack Hussein Obama gave campaign staffers extra cash, BlackBerrys and laptops in an "almost unprecedented move at the end of a presidential campaign?

The calculation based on the staff's September payroll the bonus' will "be worth upward of $3 million."

What's this BS abo... (Below threshold)
What's this BS about Obama needing it hot because he's from Hawaii?

This is just spin from Obama spokesman David Axelrod, uncritically accepted by the MSM and passed on as "news".

Every politician has a "do ... (Below threshold)
Palinisevil:

Every politician has a "do as I say, not as I do" attitude, to say one side does it and the other doesn't is really putting the "Hip" in hypocrisy!

Marc:My comment ab... (Below threshold)
James H:

Marc:

My comment above involves two distinct elements: 1) that the president and vice president are both incapacitated somehow and 2) that there is a crisis.

If there is a crisis, then the new acting president needs to make immediate decisions. To make those immediate decisions, that acting president needs accurate, up-to-date, and classified information. To receive that classified information and to issue classified orders, the acting president needs a secure method of communication. A commercial airliner is unlikely to possess secure communication capability.

Additionally, if there is a crisis, the speaker -- and now acting president -- must be moved to a secure location. That movement can be accomplished much more readily with a government-owned jet than with a commercial airliner. Among other things, if the acting president is aboard a commercial airliner, the other passengers would be transported to that secure location along with the acting president ... making that location less secure.

The definition (and epitome... (Below threshold)
retired military:

The definition (and epitome) of Hypocracy is Nancy Pelosi claiming she isnt partisian.

A retired Air Force adminis... (Below threshold)
Alan:

A retired Air Force administrator who I know personally (I don't intend to intrude on his privacy by giving his name here) told me a number of years ago that Federal Law makes it illegal to heat any government building above 68 degrees or cool them below 78 degrees. (I remember the 68, but I'm a bit fuzzy if it was 72 or 78 for cooling; I suspect 78).

That's hypocrisy.

Certainly in the overall scheme of trillions of dollars, the cost of heating the oval office is insignificant. Its the principle of "do as I say..."

James H - "If there is ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

James H - "If there is a crisis"

First of all, Pelosi doesn't fly commercial she's has been (since after the Sept. 11, 2001) and still is supplied with a gov owned plane.

Secondly, as per the Constitution she automatically assumes the Presidency in your scenario regardless where or what she would be doing. (most probably getting her next botox injection)

And finally, even if she did and the scenario you outlined occurred her commercial plane would immediately be diverted to the nearest available airstrip and taxied to an awaiting crowd of security the likes of which would make your head spin.

Your idea is still a load of poppycock.

And BTW Pelosi is second in line to the Presidency, not the third as you stated. Know your Constitution.

Marc:Let's take a ... (Below threshold)
James H:

Marc:

Let's take a few things apart here.

First:

First of all, Pelosi doesn't fly commercial she's has been (since after the Sept. 11, 2001) and still is supplied with a gov owned plane.

The discussion is not whether she is supplied a plane, but whether she should be supplied a plane. You challenged my assertion that she could not effectively assume the presidency if flying commercial; I addressed your challenges within that context.

Secondly, as per the Constitution she automatically assumes the Presidency in your scenario regardless where or what she would be doing.

First off, she does not assume the presidency under the Constitution. Beyond VP, the succession is set by the Presidential Succession Act, not the Constitution. Second, there is a difference between "assuming" the presidency and being able to effectively execute those duties. She could assume the presidency while in a cave in Alaska, but she can't execute the duties properly without communicating with the rest of government.

And finally, even if she did and the scenario you outlined occurred her commercial plane would immediately be diverted to the nearest available airstrip and taxied to an awaiting crowd of security the likes of which would make your head spin.

Yes, the commercial plane could be diverted and she could be met by security, etc., etc. But such diversions and security precautions can be executed more efficiently if she is aboard a government aircraft.

And BTW Pelosi is second in line to the Presidency, not the third as you stated. Know your Constitution.

Despite your ad hominem, I remind you (again) that Pelosi assumes the presidency by operation of statute, not by the Constitution. As to "second" versus "third," we have a simple disagreement about the application of a term. When I counted "third" in line, I counted the president. You do not. This is a difference in usage, nothing more.

Marc, before you unleash attacks such as "know the Constitution," you really should research these matters on your own and ensure the accuracy of your information.

James H - First off, sh... (Below threshold)
Marc:

James H - First off, she does not assume the presidency under the Constitution. Beyond VP, the succession is set by the Presidential Succession Act, not the Constitution.

Go ahead, that's nothing but sematics. The fact remains she still would be the pres (in all but taking the oath) automatically. That has been discussed at length here over some moonbat right wing nutjub who claims Obama isn't the pres now.

If you care to rail on about my use of "constitution" vice the 3 USC 19 of the US Code as it relates to presidential succession feel free, the end result is the same she's second inline.

And that says zero about your asshatted scenario that places her on a commercial jet, she hasn't been on one since 9/11 and won't be by the decree of the Pentagon and the Dept of Defense.

Marc, let me try this one m... (Below threshold)
James H:

Marc, let me try this one more time:

And that says zero about your asshatted scenario that places her on a commercial jet, she hasn't been on one since 9/11 and won't be by the decree of the Pentagon and the Dept of Defense.

The original blog post referenced Pelosi flying on government-provided jets vs. CEOs using corporate jets. My original point is that there are valid reasons for both to happen. That is why I first addressed whether Pelosi should fly commercial or not.

As for my attack on you for semantics ... I would argue it is equally as valid as your attack on me for semantics.

I would further note that with your "know your Constitution" comment, you attempted an argument from authority cloaked in a clumsy personal attack. I simply attacked that authority.

And you, in turn, fail to recognize the parallels.

At this point, Marc, I have tired of you. I have very little patience debating people who pepper their arguments with ill-considered, inaccurate, and uncreative personal attacks. Now, do toddle along.

Tyree:One unfortun... (Below threshold)
James H:

Tyree:

One unfortunate side effect of TARP is that by accepting government money, companies essentially accepted whatever strictures the government wanted to place on them.

Folks it is okay that Obama... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

Folks it is okay that Obama doesnt obey the rules on heating and cooling the White House. I mean I am sure that Al Gore will donate some carbon credits and then write them off on his taxes.

"At this point, Marc, I... (Below threshold)
Marc:

"At this point, Marc, I have tired of you."

Gee, you hurt my feelings! But sorry, I beat you to that mindset.

Oh Marc, I haven't seen a s... (Below threshold)
max:

Oh Marc, I haven't seen a spanking like that since "Secretary."

http://bottomsmarts.blogspot.com/2008/04/video-secretary.html

Link could be considered NSFW.

Get use to the "do as I say... (Below threshold)

Get use to the "do as I say, but not as I do" philosophy.... Obama just appointed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner - and we're definitely not suppose to do (or not do) as he did...
sad...
but there's sure to be more & more of this with Obama at the wheel.

max - "Oh Marc, I haven... (Below threshold)
Marc:

max - "Oh Marc, I haven't seen a spanking like that since "Secretary."

How soon you forget, that occurred just a few hours ago and delivered by someone very close to you for soiling your diaper.

Liberals don't give passes ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Liberals don't give passes now-a-days, they give waivers. Tee-hee. ww

His royal highness needs to... (Below threshold)

His royal highness needs to stay toasty.
http://www.rightklik.net/

Get use to the "do as I ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Get use to the "do as I say, but not as I do" philosophy.... Obama just appointed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner - and we're definitely not suppose to do (or not do) as he did...
sad...
but there's sure to be more & more of this with Obama at the wheel.

Why yes, yes there is:

"'Tax issues' emerge in Tom Daschle's nomination

Former Sen. Tom Daschle, picked by President Barack Obama to lead his health reform efforts, recently filed amended tax returns to report $128,203 in unpaid taxes and $11,964 in interest, according to a Senate document obtained by The Associated Press."


Bwahaha! Hopey and Changey!

Whoops! There's more to the... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Whoops! There's more to the Daschle story, via a commenter at the Just One Minute blog:

So, on Friday afternoon Daschle's spokesperson comes out and says Daschle found and corrected unreported in-kind income, resulting in about $102,000 in additonal taxes. We learn on Saturday that the original story was a lie -- the errors also included failing to report $83,000 in cash income and claiming charitable deductions to organizations that are not qualified charities, causing Daschle to pay the IRS about $140,000 on January 2, 2009.

Does anyone mind that we are being lied to by a tax cheat who dedicated his public career to raising our taxes while his wife raked in millions for lobbying Congress?

Posted by: GT327

More Hope and Change!




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