Friday, June 22, 2012

Joe Heck: Government Checks for Me, But Not for Thee?

As we've discussed before, Joe Heck often dips into "BIG GUV'MINT HANDOUTZZZ!!!", even as he simultaneously decries them. We're seeing this materialize yet again.

Heck['s wife, Lisa,] worked for Specialized Medical Operations, where Joe Heck was president, according to financial disclosure forms filed with the House. The company, according to the congressman’s biography, was “dedicated to providing quality medical training, consulting and operational support to law enforcement, [emergency medical services] and military special operations.”

On Dec. 22, 2010, shortly before Heck was sworn into the House, the corporation was dissolved, according to records filed with the Nevada secretary of state’s office.

And in 2011, Heck’s company closed. He began earning $174,000 as a member of Congress. Lisa Heck was out of a job and started receiving unemployment benefits.

Normally, I don't wade into personal issues. However, this has gone beyond a personal issue.

Rather, Joe Heck has repeatedly supported the Paul Ryan plan to destroy the middle class by slashing to death Medicare, Medicaid, Pell Grants, and more. And Joe Heck has proposed his own bill to slash all these programs along with cutting unemployment assistance. And now, all of a sudden, we find out his household has recently benefited from unemployment assistance? So why is he benefiting from something that he wants to take away from his own constituents?

That's what irks me. We've all run into rough times in this economy. I understand that. However, Joe Heck has this habit of collecting government paychecks while demanding austerity for the rest of us. What's with the hypocrisy?

Sorry, but I can't think of a better word to describe it.

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