Tom McClintock’s hypocrisy is on full display when he rails against government spending — a criticism that never applies to spending that benefits him or his family. He’s made clear that while he’s eager to cut government benefits you and I might receive, he’ll take everything he can get.
Our tax dollars have been paying Tom McClintock for a long time. It started thirty six years ago, when McClintock was elected to the State Assembly. He spent more than two decades as a state politician and as this article discusses, he talked a lot about double dipping while he was there, decrying the system that let fire fighters and police officers receive a pension even as they continued to work. While he was fighting against pensions for our first responders, “McClintock made a point of refusing the Legislators’ Retirement System pension.” He changed his mind as soon as he left State government. He bought into the system he had been fighting for years, and has been taking $10,000 every year for the last ten years. And when we finally kick him out of Congress, that amount will increase to $80,000 per year, plus the benefits he receives from the federal government. McClintock was instrumental in changing California law to prevent other politicians from getting these generous benefits, and then he broke his promise and claimed them for himself.
McClintock shows us again and again that he’s in it for the money, putting himself and his corporate donors ahead of the constituents he is supposed to serve. McClintock is selling us out, one vote at a time. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.