Today Marks Anniversary of Most Infamous Political Flip-Flop in NC History

Repost from Daily Kos to Diary. Thanks for the recommends guys!

Today marks the one year anniversary of Robin Hayes' most infamous of all his pledges to vote against CAFTA, after a full week of similar promises to the people of this district.

" I am flat-out, completely, horizontally opposed to CAFTA."
Congressman Robin Hayes
[Charlotte Observer, 7/25/2005]

"Congressman Hayes is extremely pleased to create a fair and level playing field, but it still does not change the fact that CAFTA is not a good deal for 8th District businesses."
Carolyn Hern, press secretary for Hayes
[Winston-Salem Journal, 7/21/2005]

My Response to Mr. Cleveland (R-NC House 14)

Mr. Cleveland,

There are a number of actions that can be taken by this state to affect global warming.

North Carolina can require the agricultural sector to minimize methane emissions and use agricultural waste as a source for energy, reducing the burning of coal, oil and natural gas for electricity.

Changes in farming and forestry practices can be changed to require tree replacement programs. Trees and undisturbed soil absorb and store carbon, reducing the creation of carbon dioxide, which is harmful to the Earth's protective atmosphere.

Wind farms can be built in sparsely populated areas of North Carolina. Utilizing the power of the winds, electricity can be generated. Using this source of energy can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Solar energy farms can also be built in sparsely populated areas of North Carolina and would also generate alternative energy.

Stop I-3 Coalition

The campaign to stop I-3 through Western North Carolina is underway. And guess who is on the House Committee on Transportation - our very own Robin Hayes, NC-08. This is just another reason we need to re-take the Congress this year.

In 2005, Congressman Charlie Norwood re-introduced plans for an interstate (originally proposed by Max Burns) that would go through Savannah, GA to Knoxville, TN, by way of Augusta. This proposed bill is known as Interstate Three, and is said to link a nuclear weapons complex in Oak Ridge, TN, to the site of the Savannah River nuclear facility.

Robin Hayes, NC-08: Will the Lies Ever End?

The big lie. The little white lie. The white wash, exaggeration, embellishment, fabrication, untrue declaration, canard, cock-and-bull story, falsehood, falsity, fib, fiction, inveracity, misrepresentation, misstatement, prevarication, story, untruth, fish story, tall tale and whopper.

Most people do it or can claim to have done it at least once in their lives. There's one man, however who has done a particularly good job of making a liar out of himself. He's so good, in fact, it appears that it will be his legacy. Today we celebrate the one year anniversary of Robin Hayes' big lie - the one literally heard across the country.

"I am flat-out, completely, horizontally opposed to CAFTA. "
Rep. Robin Hayes, NC-08, July 25, 2005

You can find this statement referred to in print and online in a multitude of sources like Public Citizen, Wikipedia, The Raleigh News & Observer, The Hill, Business Week, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Then there are references to the Robin Hayes' lie in the blogs. Lots of references. You can find the quote at TPM Cafe, WataugaWatch, KnowledgeDrivenRevolution and Real Values.

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