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The Sestak Fraud Continues: Did Joe Sestak Really Just Call Himself a Fiscal Conservative?

The Sestak Fraud Continues: Did Joe Sestak Really Just Call Himself a Fiscal Conservative?

Allentown – Over the past couple of weeks Congressman Sestak’s ads and the ads run by his Washington cronies have been declared “false,” “deceptive,” and “wrong” by independent fact checkers, but that is nothing compared to what Congressman Sestak says about himself.

In an interview published today in the Reading Eagle, Congressman Sestak had the brazenness to call himself a “fiscal conservative” who wants to control spending.  He says: “I’m a fiscal conservative.  We have to control spending.” (Reading Eagle, 10/03/10)

Excuse me?  What exactly is fiscally conservative about voting for every single bailout, $3.2 trillion in deficit spending, unprecedented debt, and massive tax increases?

“Congressman Sestak certainly has a warped view of reality,” Toomey Communications Director Nachama Soloveichik said.  “After voting for every major piece of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi’s big-government agenda and then arguing that it didn’t go far enough, Congressman Sestak’s claim to be a fiscal conservative is nothing short of laughable.  With voters across Pennsylvania rejecting Congressman Sestak’s candidacy, it looks like Sestak is the only one who is buying it.”

Over the past year in a half, Joe has voted for trillions of dollars in new spending:
Cap-and-Trade . . . . . . . . . . . $821.2 billion
Health Care . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $2.3 trillion
Auto Bailout . . . . . . . . . . . . . $105 billion
Stimulus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $787 billion
Wall Street Bailout . . . . . . .  $700 billion
Second Stimulus . . . . . . . . .  $154.4 billion
FY 2009 Omnibus . . . . . . . . $410 billion
FY 2010 Omnibus . . . . . . . . $447 billion
2010 Budget Resolution . . .  $3.6 trillion 

All this spending has led to record deficits and debt levels.  The budget deficit for 2009 alone was a record-breaking $1.4 trillion and projected to hit $1.3 trillion for 2010.  The ten-year projected budget deficit is a whopping $9.05 trillion, and by 2015, the country’s national debt will constitute 73% of GDP.  And still, Joe voted to increase the country’s debt limit to $14.3 trillion. (RC #129, 03/18/10) Congressman Sestak has also refused to eliminate wasteful earmarks from congressional spending bills.  Out of 115 opportunities to eliminate specific wasteful projects and save taxpayers money, Congressman Sestak rejected all but one.  Tell us, Joe, how is this fiscally conservative?

Finally, Sestak has also received near perfect scores from liberal interest groups and failing grades from non-partisan fiscal watchdog groups:
Americans for Democratic Action: 93%
National Taxpayers Union: F
Citizens Against Government Waste: 8%

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