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It’s hard to address the topic of hypocrisy because there are so many places to begin.

I’ll start with my favorite intellectual dwarf, Newt Gingrich, a presidential wannabe. His commentary about President Barack Obama’s decision-making process for the Libyan adventure flipped directions three different times in two weeks. I guess he thinks everyone’s memory is as short as his.

The elephant of hypocrisy in the room is labeled “jobs." The Republicans found enough ways to campaign on that theme to fool voters into thinking they would fulfill their campaign promises. The great budget cuts proposed by the House Republicans also will cause about 700,000 to 1 million jobs to be lost. That which passes for government in Austin also wields sharp pencils in order to squeeze deficit blood from the no-tax turnip.

The bad news: Almost 400,000 Texas jobs will be lost as a result. This scenario is being repeated in other states where Republicans control their congress.

The hypocrisy here is manifold. First, as in Wisconsin, corporations and the wealthy enjoy the best of tax breaks and exemptions, thus reducing revenue generation for government. Then, the Republicans pledge “no more taxes” as a way to further enable the already enabled greed present in us all. Finally, the “starving the beast” philosophy causes jobs to be lost and economic growth to come to a screeching halt. Just ask the Irish, the Portuguese and the Greeks how well that is working for them.

Paul Krugman’s article in the March 25 New York Times reminds us the overwhelming majority of economists who actually know what they are doing have said all along that cutting spending before creating jobs is absolutely the wrong approach to economic recovery. So, naturally, our legislators do just the opposite. In Texas’ case, the Republican-dominated House’s hypocrisy morphs into abject stupidity and the so-called conservative legislators blindly follow.

For more than 100 years, economists have said and proven that jobs and work are the best and surest tonics for maintaining a healthy economy. It doesn’t hurt that everyone pays their fair share of taxes, either. This pill is truly bitter, especially when you hear Republicans telling us how favorable they are to the working man. They then help their corporate pals send jobs overseas so unions won’t form and then tax those who do retain employment to pay for the tax breaks for the wealthy and the corporations.

This is hypocrisy gone haywire. It is government by those who choose not to govern, but rather exploit loopholes and weaknesses in the most vulnerable classes of people of the nation. How can these politicians tell us out of one side of their mouths how precious our children are, then turn around and cut their education funding, trump up yet another idiotic bureaucracy (Race to the Top) and pretend teachers are at fault if the kids fail? How can they tell us how much they respect those seniors who gave their working lives to better the nation and the lives of others, then turn around and cut the supporting programs those revered elders have depended on for a dignified retirement?


Turner is a retired teacher and industrial engineer who lives near Marble Falls. He is an independent columnist, not a staff member, and his views do not necessarily reflect those of The Tribune or its parent company. "The Voter’s Guide to National Salvation" is a newly published e-book from Turner.  You can find it at can be reached by e-mail at