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Conservatives' use of federal grants result in off-target cries of hypocrisy

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: July 17, 2012

Gov. Mary Fallin and other conservative Republicans are getting the business for using federal grant money for an economic development venture while spurning it for Obamacare. This alleged hypocrisy should be viewed through the pane of a two-way mirror: You can see through it from one side but not the other.

The hypocrisy hunters on the left are quick to point out the inconsistencies of conservatives but have the darndest time seeing their own. The George W. Bush-era federal income tax cuts, which are said to be starving the children, and the bipartisan income tax cuts in Oklahoma, which are said to be starving public schools, are cases in point.

Those opposed to tax cuts can continue paying the same rate by some other means — or even upping their contribution at any time. The federal government and at least eight states (including Oklahoma) have some form of what's called a “Tax Me More” fund, a vehicle for paying more taxes voluntarily. Needless to say, the cups of these funds aren't overflowing.

An Oklahoma delegation led by Fallin went to England for a trade show. Expenses for some participants were offset by U.S. Small Business Administration grants. Cue the hypocrisy claims! How could anyone critical of Obamacare and put off by related federal grants dare take Uncle Sam's money for anything?

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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