It is unbelievable, even for the Bucks County Courier Times, that this “story” was run across the banner of the front page today, including the following…
Back in December, when he pushed a bill to reduce waste, fraud and abuse in federal agencies, Congressman Patrick Murphy was quick to say he was proud to have the National Taxpayers Union endorse the legislation.
Last week, when he spoke of his bipartisan plan to end the Market Access Program that could save taxpayers $2 billion over 10 years, Murphy again pointed to the NTU’s endorsement as a fiscal stamp of approval.
But when the NTU last week released its 31st annual Rating of Congress, it gave Murphy an 8 percent, or an F grade.
(Actually, they featured Murphy on the front page yesterday in this actual news story where he and his office aided some constituents ripped off by Bernie Madoff, so I guess the paper thought it was time to even the score.)
Through one of the easier Google searches I’ve ever performed, I found the following link on the National Taxpayers Union. And I learned that James Dale Davidson began the organization in 1969.
Why is Davidson noteworthy? Well, he is an investor in typically conservative causes, including the Newsmax wingnut web site, and he funded a supposed documentary film investigating the death of Bill and Hillary Clinton aide Vince Foster as part of Richard Mellon Scaife’s “Arkansas Project” (here).
And who took over the NTU in 1978? That would be Grover Norquist, of “drowning government in a bathtub” fame, or words to that effect (here).
And as you can see from the NTU Wikipedia article, the winner of the supposed “Taxpayer’s Friend” award from the group in 2007 was Jim DeMint (and as noted here, DeMint’s supposed plan for economic growth involves – you guessed it – tax cuts that would result in a pittance of new employment and piling on of additional debt for years to come).
And by the way, buried way, waaay down in the NTU story today is the following information…
NTU’s ratings, which don’t deal with degrees of liberal or conservative but simply how members of Congress vote on spending issues, has issued the chambers failing grades for three decades.
I would have thought that even the Courier Times would know how far they could go when it came to right-wing pandering before they realized that they were merely performing sock puppetry on behalf of wingnuts disguised as supposed paragons of fiscal prudence. Silly me.