You just gotta love this 28 year-old Republican Representative…
Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) took liberal MSNBC host and the rest of the liberal Meet the Press panelists including David Brooks to the woodshed. Maddow tried to stick Schock with some Democratic Stimulus pork. Schock tossed it right back.
From the transcript:
MR. GREGORY: Congressman Schock, where are the Republicans going to be on this?
REP. SCHOCK: Well, look, I think, unfortunately, it’s more of the same. I mean, all of this talk about bipartisanship, and yet the rhetoric doesn’t match the reality. As David Brooks mentioned, there was some, some Republicans who worked with Democrats in the Senate to come up with a jobs bill only to have their leadership put the kibosh on it. We, we are for creating long-term economic growth. You do that by incentivizing entrepreneurialism, risk taking, and investment. You do that through creating certainty in the markets through certain tax incentives. And that’s where we’ll be on a jobs bill.
MR. GREGORY: So it sounds like you’re–you like what the Democrats are doing here?
REP. SCHOCK: Well, I don’t like all the pork that was in the bill. Seven hundred eighty-seven billion dollar stimulus bill, the largest spending bill in, in history, one of the reasons why it didn’t create long-term growth is it didn’t have stimulative tax cuts in it, but rather a lot of pork and spending.
MS. MADDOW: Which are the least stimulative things in the stimulus. I mean, when you assess what creates jobs, in the stimulus band it’s the tax cuts that were put in in order to try to win Republican votes that didn’t come anyway that are the least effective thing in the stimulus bill. So the theory doesn’t match the practice here.
But, I mean, you, in your district…
REP. SCHOCK: Well, I, I can assure you…
MS. MADDOW: …just this week you were at a community college touting a $350,000 green technology education program, talking about how great that was going to be for your district. You voted against the bill that created that grant. And so that’s happening a lot with Republicans sort of taking credit for things that Democratic bills do, and then Republicans simultaneously touting their votes against them and trashing them. That’s, I think, a, a, a problem that needs to be resolved within, within your caucus, because, I mean, you seem like a very nice person, but that’s very hypocritical stance to take.
REP. SCHOCK: Well, Rachel, with all due respect, I can assure you Republicans were not consulted on the stimulus bill. That bill was filed at 11 PM the night before the 10:30 AM we began debating it. None of our amendments were considered. There was no debate and no bipartisanship on that bill.
MS. MADDOW: How about the…(unintelligible)?
MR. GREGORY: But, but answer–all right, let me, let me…(unintelligible)…Rachel, which is that the, the question about you–you’ve called for spending caps out of Washington.
REP. SCHOCK: Sure.
MR. GREGORY: But to Rachel’s point, does that mean that you will not accept any federal money that comes the way of your district?
REP. SCHOCK: No. I think that argument that liberals are making is absolutely ridiculous. With all due respect, Rachel, does that mean you’re going to give back your Bush tax cuts that you continue to rail against? The fact of the matter is our country operates and govern by a majority. And I, along with almost all of my Republican colleagues and a good number of Democrats, have voted against the stimulus, the omnibus, all of this runaway spending. But we’ve lost those battles in the House. And at the end of the day, my constituents…
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Earlier in the program Schock hit a home run on national security:
REP. SCHOCK: But at the end of the day, we’re representing mainstream America and the majority of views. And, and whether it’s closing Guantanamo Bay and moving it to the heartland of America, whether it’s the, the–trying these folks in downtown New York, whether it’s Mirandizing terrorists who come to this country to attack us, the majority of Americans have not bought, do not believe that Obama and his administration is right on these policies.
MR. GREGORY: So you don’t support the way the president is prosecuting the war on terror?
REP. SCHOCK: No.