Another day, another dose of hypocrisy from the Montana GOP. Yesterday, the Policy Institute released their “Profiles in Hypocrisy,” detailing how Montana legislators who spout anti-government, anti-spending rhetoric love taking federal farm subsidies. Of course, 30 of the 33 were Republicans.
The worst offender? Janna Taylor, of course, who offered this intriguing defense to the Great Falls Tribune’s John Adams:
“I can control state tax dollars, but I can’t control federal tax dollars,” Taylor said. “You’d have to talk to (Democratic Sen. Jon) Tester and (Democratic Sen. Max) Baucus about federal tax policy.”
I know you can’t control your mouth, Representative Taylor, but I’m pretty sure you can control your hands. I suspect that Feds wouldn’t send in black helicopter with commandos to force you to cash the check. As often as Republicans talk about the need for belt tightening and sacrifice in difficult economic times, perhaps a good start would be for Rep. Taylor to return a million dollars to the federal government.
Our second contestant in the Hypocrisy Sweepstakes is Representative James Knox, who is certainly a man of principle. Knox is so opposed to medical marijuana that he went on Facebook to trumpet the federal arrests raids yesterday and has often condemned users of the drug.
These strong scruples from a man who describes himself as “a man of principal and not one who votes with fear of upsetting someone” do not seem to extend to his business practices, as the Montafesto blog notes today. It seems that Representative Knox not only offered to build a web site for Montana Medical Cannabis, but he offered them a cut rate deal:
Representative James Knox, who has been CRYING as of late about medical marijuana (his brother is an “addict”) provided a quote to design a website for the same business, Montana Medical Cannabis. He even offered to virtually “give away” his services because he was slow. Morals in this case appear to be very dynamic, changing based on the potential for profit.
A man of principle indeed, no matter how he spells it.