“But I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is to tell the truth.” -Howard Zinn
This week’s liars and scumbags in no particular order.
John Hagee – Liar, Scumbag
Hagee, a right-wing pastor at Cornerstone Church in Texas, has made the news this week for saying that the unemployed are “nasty,” lazy, and live off of welfare. He also suggested that they should be left to starve.
It’s almost hypocritical coming from a man who lives off of the congregation’s money. He avoids taxes by classifying his 8,000 acre ranch and TV station as part of his church. In 2001 he was reported to have made over $1 million in income. And this man claims to care about those poor, poor taxpayers having to enable the “laziness” of welfare recipients!
According to SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or “welfare”), able-bodied people without children can only receive assistance for three months during a three year period. The majority of SNAP households include a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person. So much for enabling the “nasty” people’s “laziness.”
We must also consider that the unemployment rate is still too high. There are over 3 million people facing long-term unemployment in the US, employers discriminate against the long-term unemployed, the unemployment rate in several states increased last month, most of the jobs created this year are only part-time, and 800,000 people dropped out of the workforce earlier this year because they couldn’t find work! It must be nice to criticize those who are suffering from an ailing economy while not suffering from it yourself. So much for “just get a job.”
He ought to be on the list for fooling people into thinking religion is fact, but I won’t go there.
Service Employees International Union – Liars
SEIU made the Dishonor Roll in May, and now it’s making the list again this week for telling lies on Spanish radio.
Their attack ad stated that Representative Cory Gardner (R-CO) worked to block immigration reform. In reality, it is way more complicated than that. Gardner was one of the few Republicans to applaud Obama’s call for immigration reform during this year’s State of the Union address. On top of that, the House of Representatives is likely to remain inactive on immigration reform until after the fall elections. That means Gardner hasn’t even had a chance to vote on a bill yet. Although he isn’t a fan of the Senate’s legislation, he has been pushing the House to write up their own.
The House recently passed a measure that would end Obama’s delay of deporting “DREAMers” (children brought to the US by undocumented immigrants). Gardner was one of the 11 Republicans to vote against the bill.
SEIU has never received a “true” or “mostly true” rating on PolitiFact. Half of its claims are “half true” and the other half are either “false” or “mostly false.” That should tell you something. For SEIU to pretend to care about any young people, including DREAMers, is just hysterical. From my experience, SEIU views young people as second-class members and third-class staff at best. If you absolutely, positively must join a union, don’t join SEIU.
Cory Gardner – Liar
Coincidentally, Representative Cory Gardner (R-CO) makes the list this week for saying that the Keystone XL pipeline would create “thousands of jobs in Colorado.” PolitiFact looked into this and found it to be a “mostly false” claim.
A study from the State Department shows 30,000 jobs would be created in states outside of the pipeline’s projected route, such as Colorado, but it didn’t say how many jobs would be created in each state. Ian Goodman, who co-authored the Cornell University study of the pipeline, said that it is unlikely to create even a thousand jobs in Colorado.
Maureen McDonnell – Scumbag
The former First Lady of Virginia makes the list this week for her treatment of the governor’s staff. Former Chief of Staff Mary Shea Sutherland testified in court recently, as part of the McDonnells’ federal corruption trial, that the Mrs. McDonnell was always screaming at her staff. Sutherland described her as a “nutbag” in search of a designer handbag and an emotional rescue.
Sutherland testified that Mrs. McDonnell even accused the Executive Mansion chef of trying to ruin her Christmas by serving bad shrimp.
Sutherland described Maureen McDonnell as eager to obtain expensive gifts and suffering from affluenza (our words, not hers). She was unhinged by her opulent surroundings.
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