5.29.2006

Hippo Krits

Hypocrite #1: Peter King, Congressman from New York, Republican (go figure).

Flip:
At the urging of the White House, Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) inserted a provision into an immigration reform bill being considered by his panel making presence in the United States without proper documentation a crime, said Jeff Lungren, a spokesman for the committee. The felony provision became part of the overall immigration reform bill cosponsored by Sensenbrenner and House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R-Seaford).
Flop:
A three-man crew of immigrant laborers had just finished the lawn work at the yellow house: grass trimmed, flower beds neatened, sidewalk edged and swept.
The workers said they did not know the homeowner personally, but the one driving the landscaping truck, Elmer Martinez, 34, said that he must be someone important because of the brass plaque on the front door.
"Congressman Peter T. King," the plaque reads, "3rd District, New York."

...Another worker in the crew, Alfredo Garcia, 27, said that he, too, had emigrated from El Salvador to have a chance to make more money. Mr. Garcia said he had paid a guide to smuggle him into the United States through a combination of cars and trucks.
Hypocrite #2: Denny Hastert, Speaker of the House, Republican (I'm shocked, SHOCKED!)

Do as I say, not as I do:
After holding a press conference at a local gas station in Washington, D.C., House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) was photographed several blocks away getting out of the hybrid automobile he used at the event and getting back into his gasoline-powered SUV.
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