Alex Blaze

Mike Pence lies to try to protect the GOP's reputation

Filed By Alex Blaze | March 20, 2009 4:30 PM | comments

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Mike Pence has been all over the TV lying to the American people about the AIG bonuses, pretending like it's some sort of ideological, Republican vs. Democrat issue, with Republicans being against these bonuses from the beginning. Here's just one appearance he's made on Fox News:

It's complete revisionist history. The bailout for AIG was a unilateral action taken by the treasury department during the Bush Administration. Congress voted for a different bank bail-out, with very few string attached, at the request, again, of the Bush Administration.

It's funny that he should specifically call out Barney Frank, who was, from the beginning, all about increasing restrictions on the money that the Bush Administration wanted to use to bail banks out.

Pence is also saying that Republicans tried to put caps on this to prevent these bonuses from being given out, which is simply not true. Here's what they were saying in February when Sen. Dodd (D-CT) was trying to insert an amendment into the stimulus package to cap executive compensation:

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) blamed the "tone deaf" bankers for creating the political environment that allows Obama to call for a cap.

"Because of their excesses, very bad things begin to happen, like the United States government telling a company what it can pay its employees. That's not a good thing in America," Kyl told the Huffington Post.

"What executives have done is troubling, but it's equally troubling to have government telling shareholders how much they can pay the executives," said Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL).

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) said that he is "one of the chief defenders of Obama on the Republican side" for the president's efforts to reach across the aisle. But, said Inhofe, "as I was listening to him make those statements I thought, is this still America? Do we really tell people how to run [a business], and who to pay and how much to pay?"

Well, that's most of the big names in the GOP, coming out against any form of restriction on executive compensation as socialism.

While Mike Pence was at least against all the bailouts from the beginning, lots of other Republicans weren't. It's fairly dishonest to pretend like the AIG bonus scandal this week is a win for the Republican Party when they were among its chief enablers.

But a Republican lying? What's new about that? They don't have anything else left to run on, so now they're doing to just start making up whole alternate histories of every scandal that make themselves look good until at some point something sticks. This is the whole of their election strategy.

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Mike Pence is a real douchebag, but at least he's not Dan Burton.