We’ll just file this as Exhibit A of Senate Democrats talking out both sides of their mouths. During the Sanderthon the past few days, it was notable (to me, at least), that Sen. Mary Landrieu got up and spoke with a populist fire, as if she endorsed everything Bernie Sanders had to say. Here is a news report from the Times-Picayune on her stance that she is featuring on her Senate website:
Under attack for her opposition to the Obama-GOP tax compromise, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., defended her stance Thursday and repeated her criticism that the plan “borders on moral recklessness.”
Landrieu’s position was ridiculed — from both the left and right — as inconsistent because she was one of the few Senate Democrats to support the original Bush tax cuts in 2001.
Nonsense, Landrieu said.
In 2001, the United States was “running a surplus,” and she said it was both responsible and reasonable to give all Americans a tax cut. Moreover, Landrieu said she supported legislation — unsuccessful because of “opposition from all but four Senate Republicans” — to establish a trigger that would have brought a temporary halt to the tax breaks if the federal budget situation went bad.
Landrieu said she finds herself being asked by the president and Republican leaders to support continuation of the tax cuts, not only for the middle class, which she supports, but for people earning more than $1 million a year, when the government just reported a record $1.3 trillion deficit.
“None of it (the tax cut) is paid for,” said Landrieu, who argued that just continuing the tax cuts for the wealthy would require U.S. taxpayers — mostly the struggling middle class — to borrow another $50 billion.
“I’m taking this stand because it borders on moral recklessness,” Landrieu said.
As Nelson, Lieberman, Snowe, Collins, Bayh, and Landrieu, as well as many others (who can forget Stupak and that crew of scum) have proven over and over again, there is no more morally reckless and fickle group of double-dealing hypocrites on the planet than the Senate moderates, and their recklessness is matched only by their deceit and their willingness to talk out both sides of their mouth. I’m sure this is still all Obama’s fault, though.