To further prove the acronym, IOKIYAR (it’s okay if you’re a Republican) Tea Party backed Rep. Chip Cravaack, who supported Paul Ryan’s budget plan receives benefits from his previous career as a pilot, which is unionized.
The freshman GOPer supported Ryan’s plan to end medicare, replacing it with a useless voucher program, but his benefits include, vacations, union negotiated salaries and disability payments, all of which he enjoys. It gets better/worse.
MPR news reports:
Cravaack’s earned income for fiscal year 2010 topped out at $92,273; the cash comes in the form of disability payments for sleep apnea, which ended his flying career with Northwest Airlines, now Delta Airlines, in 2007.
Records released by Rep. Cravaack show that he received $92,273 in 2010 from disability payments he received from Northwest airline while at the same time he was campaigning with promises to end “big government,” and often using the union bashing rhetoric common with Republicans.
Tea Party backed Cravaack, a veteran, also enjoys benefits from the V.A. as well as government provided health care in Congress, which is the same Socialized medicine Tea Partiers believe is some evil Marxist-Maoist-Communist agenda created to turn America into a Socialist utopia. The hypocrisy doesn’t end there; the former pilot also voted against the FAA.
Cravaack’s town hall meeting was under siege by his constituents, when the union bashing, medicare eradicator, decided in Pay-per-view style, to charge his voters to attend. The ‘small government’ Congressman replied after being confronted:
You guys want a town hall? Be at the airport tomorrow at 4 o’clock.” The former pilot’s office confirmed the town hall at the Duluth International Airport tomorrow, but even that won’t be entirely free. As the Duluth News Tribune reports, anyone who drives to the airport will have to pay to park there.
In his defense, Cravaack was probably using common sense, thinking with his pilot’s license and airplanes close by, he can always fly away when constituents start asking those ‘gotcha’ questions.
Cravaack’s actions and inaction during the debt ceiling debacle:
With only four days left for Congress to avoid defaulting on the nation’s debt obligations, Representative Chip Cravaack helped push our nation one day closer to crisis as he continued to hold out against compromise. Earlier this week, Speaker John Boehner admitted “a lot” of House Republicans are refusing to compromise on a debt ceiling deal in hopes the resulting economic “chaos” would force Democrats to support the so-called “Balanced Budget Amendment” – wildly out-of-touch, unrealistic legislation that “would require more extreme cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid than the Ryan Plan,” while safeguarding subsidies for big oil companies and deficit-busting tax breaks for millionaires, corporate jet owners, and large corporations that ship American jobs overseas.
‘Small government’, my ass.
H/T EZKool with our thanks.
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