â€œAnd having looked to Government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them.â€
Edmund Burke, Thoughts and Details on Scarcity
You might think that Orange Countyâ€™s Republican elected officials would be caught between a rock and hard place in the current economic crisis.
With the local economy in shambles, home values crashing, foreclosures on the rise, unemployment skyrocketing and good jobs scarcer than Republican fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger, you might think that the staunch and total opposition of Orange County Republicans to President Obamaâ€™s stimulus efforts would be, at the least, a political embarrassment.
But then you would underestimate the shameless hypocrisy of Orange Countyâ€™s Republican establishment.
In her most recent online newsletter, Republican Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates (District 5) makes the following incredible claim:
â€œOrange County Projects Receive Stimulus Funds
A number of significant environmental enhancement and flood management projects in Orange County will receive vital support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better known as the Federal stimulus program.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced more than $50 million will be spent in Orange County on projects selected based on their anticipated economic and environmental return. The projects selected for funding include:
- $26,550,000 to complete channel improvements on the lower Santa Ana River within Orange County
- $1,000,000 for mitigation related to the Seven Oaks Dam, which provides flood protection to Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties
- $17,363,000 to complete plans and specifications and award a construction contract for the environmental restoration of Upper Newport Bay
- $5,265,000 for needed maintenance for the Santa Ana River, Carbon Canyon Dam, Prado Dam and Fullerton Dam
- $500,000 for a Dana Point Harbor breakwater study to identify and recommend any repairs to the breakwater/jetties and improve water quality.
The approval of funding for these projects is great news for Orange County. Orange County residents will directly benefit from these improvements and the Federal support is greatly appreciated. Our success is the result of great teamwork involving our County staff, our representatives in Washington and many city and community leaders.â€
In informing her constituents of this â€œgreat news,â€ Bates does not mention the fact that all of â€œour [Republican] representatives in Washingtonâ€ voted against Obamaâ€™s economic stimulus legislation, including these very projects.
Nor does she mention the fact that all of Orange Countyâ€™s Republican â€œcity and community leadersâ€ have been vocally attacking the stimulus package as an evil socialist plot to destroy capitalism.
And Bates does not mention the fact that every penny of the more than $50 million that she is so grateful that Orange County will receive from the stimulus package will come from — dare we say it â€“ taxes.
What Bates should have said is the â€œgreat teamwork involving our Republican County staff, our Republican representatives in Washington and many Republican city and community leaders failed to prevent President Obama and the Democrats from passing the federal stimulus package â€“ and thank God for that.â€
Of course, Bates won’t say it.
But the voters in Orange County should.