Politicians Don’t Give A Damn About Hypocrisy

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"Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has been running for Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-La.) Senate seat in part by attacking the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the Medicare Advantage program — despite voting for those same Medicare savings.

Cassidy admitted at a town hall meeting in Gonzales, La. last Monday that he voted for the cuts to Medicare Advantage as a way to create savings that can be used more broadly.

"Among the things that the president's health care law does is it cuts Medicare Advantage," said Cassidy, who is a physician. "Now it would be one thing if the savings they were taking from Medicare Advantage were put back into the trust fund because as we mentioned, the trust fund is running out of money."* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

*Read more here from Samantha Lachman / The Huffington Post:

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37 thoughts on “Politicians Don’t Give A Damn About Hypocrisy

  1. Ahhhh yes the Repulican party.
    The party of pulling yourself up by the bootstraps
    Working hard and earning your money.
    But ran Bush and Romney, who started off with wealthy families.
    “do as i say not as i do”

    • +Condor DM If you really want to be concise with the point: “The hypocrisy
      of politicians is more of a universal standard than gravity or the speed of
      light.”

      The road to office becomes a very crooked path, indeed.

    • +Condor DM Maybe so but the policies coming from either side come in
      flavours… some that are populist and some that serve a small handful of
      people. Most people would like liberal ideas if they could be put into
      action without first having to make rich people even richer. Most people
      would love conservative policies if we didn’t keep enacting the ones that
      hurt the poor and working class while elevating the rich. This is what is
      going on in the US. Corporatists pass liberal and conservative corporatist
      policies while the poor and working class moan and bicker over the merits
      of the left and right. It isn’t about left v. right… it is about
      corporatist policy versus populist policy.

  2. why would republicans care about hypocrisy? no one on fox news will call
    them on it, rush limbaugh isn’t gonna talk about it, glen beck won’t bring
    it up, they aren’t gonna hear about it from their pastors. there is zero
    blow back against them for being as hypocritical as they want so long as
    they don’t piss off any of those people.

    • But… But… But, Benghazi. During Bush there was NEVER any attacks on our
      embassies. Oh wait there was like 30 ummm, but it was because Obama is
      weak. Oh wait.. republicans cut the budget to our embassies hmmmm whatever.
      BENGHAZI!!!!!

  3. “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it
    can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
    —- Alexis de Tocqueville

  4. Republicans are red, Democrats are blue, and neither one of them cares
    about you. So quit blaming the other side and work together for a change.
    Both political sides in the government are screwing us over and if we
    continue to fight and miss the big picture, freedom will soon diminish.
    Liberals and conservatives here in Texas have already banded together and
    on May 16th, that should change. People regardless of gender, religion,
    political affiliation, skin color, race, and ethnicity will walk together
    as one in Washington D.C. and peacefully protest, unarmed, for the
    restoration of our Constitution and impeachment of leaders in Congress
    regardless of political affiliation. 

  5. Hypocrisy is rooted in subjectivity. While all human beings have a
    subjective cognition framework, which can also be thought of as an
    interpretive framework, some are much more subjective than others. High
    degrees of subjectivity are characterized by persistent belief contrary to
    known evidence, and inability actions and behaviors in distinct contexts as
    failing to adhere to a consistent or coherent value set.

    Some societies can produce copious quantities of people with high degrees
    of subjectivity – and these societies over time tend to disintegrate.
    Dis-integrate, meaning they fail to cohere and maintain existence, and
    either become a different society with different values, or are displaced
    by a different society. Often the transformation of societies in history
    can be thought of as a movement towards, or away from, subjectivity.

    In the late 1800s, the US government gave – as we all know – massive
    subsidies to the railroad corporations in the form of land grants or even
    direct subsidies. The purpose was to create a robust and efficient
    transportation network. The effort to do this was, on the whole,
    successful, but not without corruption private and public.

    At the exact same time that the government was handing over immense wealth
    to private companies, in the 1890s, there was a terrible drought in south
    Texas, which threatened to wipe out tens of thousands of farmers.
    Eventually these farmers, facing destitution, were encouraged by a bill
    that had passed Congress granting $100,000 in relief to these farmers –
    which was only enough, and not really enough, to buy seed grains that they
    otherwise could no longer afford. Cleveland vetoed this bill, and said
    “Federal aid in such cases . . . encourages the expectation of paternal
    care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our
    national character.” He, of course, said nothing remotely like this when
    granting government wealth to the railroads, to the bondholders, to the
    bankers, and so on, who made literally hundreds of millions through
    government subsidies, giveaways, or “trades”.

    This is subjectivity. Cleveland here failed to see that granting aid to the
    enormously wealthy while denying it to poor farmers – farmers who were also
    working and performing a social utility – was a contradiction and a
    hypocrisy. He failed to see it, and could not recognize it, for what it
    was. The domination of the capitalist class, and the exploitation of
    everyone else.

    The highly subjective politicians of today don’t recognize their own
    subjectivity – they actually believe they are consistent – because they are
    products themselves of a highly subjective system called capitalism.

  6. I think it was a bad idea to have touch Medicare. That money should have
    been redistributed elsewhere in Medicare. Now the reactionaries are using
    this as a weapon against their opponents. Obama should have called for
    Medicare for All and eliminated this fodder for reactionary rhetoric.

  7. Oh, those silly-willy Republicans. Getting more like the liberal,
    (err…”Democrat”), party every day. Kinda like John Kerry, [D], &
    Secretary of State, who said, “I voted for the Iraq war, before I voted
    against it”. Plenty of hypocrisy to go around.

  8. Our bought/paid for government is doing exactly what their puppet masters
    are telling them to do. Bankers fund both sides to divide and conquer.
    Americans are too stupid to figure out this grand illusion!…

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