Shelby ideology just rhetoric

In October 2007, in a newsletter for his constituents, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, said this:

Each year, Congress is challenged with determining how to spend taxpayer dollars.  We must ask ourselves a difficult question: should we continue to fund programs that are politically advantageous or should we make tough decisions to cut spending to decrease our ever-growing federal debt?  While the path of least resistance is to increase spending, the long-term implications of a deficit are far more dangerous than any spending cut.

On Sunday, he was one of three Republicans to vote in favor of a $1.1 trillion spending bill. The bill never would have made it to a vote but for Shelby’s vote to end a Republican filibuster.

No question, Shelby’s vote brought lots of bacon to Alabama — especially to his hometown Tuscaloosa. Also without question, Shelby’s long-winded and frequent diatribes about federal spending are nothing but rhetoric. He is all about “politically advantageous” votes, not conservative ideology.

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