Louisiana GOP economic recovery dialogue: just make stuff up

February 13, 2009

It’s been a banner couple of days for the Louisiana GOP’s blatant disregard for the truth. Yesterday, the Louisiana Republican Party tried to attack Congressman Charlie Melancon for taking a bipartisan Congressional trip to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, which will include updates on America’s ongoing efforts in Afghanistan. That was their illogical launching point for another partisan attack against the economic recovery plan, which the GOP claimed includes “$30M to protect the salt marsh harvest mouse that happens to inhabit an area within Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco district.”

There’s only one problem, as documented here. It’s a lie – and one started by a GOP staffer who admitted that no such language or legislation exists in the economic recovery package.

Not to be outdone, Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter repeated the lie – this time in a fundraising letter. Given Vitter’s sordid history with denying the facts, it’s not surprising.

And finally, even though he’s just getting his feet wet in Washington, D.C., 4th district Republican congressman John Fleming has hopped right on board the GOP dishonesty train. Fleming, a physician, has been spouting the nonsense that a new health care czar will interfere with patient care at the local level.

In repeating this debunked falsehood, Fleming sinks to the level of Ann Coulter. (The link includes video of Fleming and Fox News’ Glenn Beck on the right hand side of the page for full effect.)

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