Excerpt from the Hypocrite Files: Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, Debt Ceiling Darling & Deadbeat Dad

Submitted by Elaine Magliaro, Guest Blogger

Joe Walsh’s Video: President Obama Quit Lying

http://youtu.be/jU3SBeoG9uQ

(I apologize. I’ve tried to embed the video several times without success.)

It appears that Joe Walsh, the Republican Representative from the Eighth District in Illinois, isn’t so fiscally responsible when it comes to his own finances. The same man who says he refuses to place “one more dollar of debt upon the backs of his kids,” actually “owes more than $100,000 in child support to his ex-wife and three children, according to documents his ex-wife filed in their divorce case in December.” He also lost his Evanston condo to foreclosure.

Lawrence O’Donnell was so disgusted with Walsh that he banned him from his MSNBC program The Last Word. Here’s what O’Donnell said on his program last week:

An excerpt from what O’Donnell said:
“In order to teach deadbeat dad Joe Walsh a lesson about family values, yes, the very same family values that so many Republicans try to exploit politically while failing to come close to living up to them in their own lives, deadbeat dad Joe Walsh is hereby banned from this program. He can go tell his lies about his family values and his sense of fiscal responsibility elsewhere.”

Is this the type of man whose advice we should be taking when it comes to the Debt Ceiling? Have the Tea Party politicians and other Republicans brought our country to the brink of financial disaster?  

From Lynn Sweet:

The Tea Party Republicans and other conservatives took the nation to the brink, pushing too close to the Aug. 2 default deadline for a deal that was not all that different than what had been on the table a few days ago.

The agreement — with major spending reductions — gives Republicans much of what they wanted while opening a rift with Democratic progressives for Obama because it puts cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid “entitlement” programs on the table while not at this time closing tax loopholes to generate more revenue.

Will the new Debt Deal agreement really be beneficial to our country? Has the Obama Administration caved once again? Your thoughts?

SOURCES
Lawrence O’Donnell Bans Joe Walsh From His Show Over Child Support Scandal (Huffington Post)

Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh sued for $100,000 in child support  (Chicago Sun-Times)

Rep. Joe Walsh: Says Sun-Times story on back child support claims a “hit piece” (Chicago Sun-Times)

Debt deal bottom line: Dick Durbin, Nancy Pelosi, Jan Schakowsky, Mark Kirk, Joe Walsh (Chicago Sun-Times)

Lawrence O’Donnell bans ‘deadbeat dad’ Rep. Joe Walsh (Raw Story)

Rep. Joe Walsh sued for child support (The Hill)

Debt-ceiling drama: Tea Party thinks it knows best (Washington Post)

Tea Party Hypocrite Joe Walsh Wants Us to Raise His Child Support Debt Ceiling (CafeMom)

54 thoughts on “Excerpt from the Hypocrite Files: Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, Debt Ceiling Darling & Deadbeat Dad

  1. I’ll give it a whirl Elaine but,if you haven’t been able to get it to post, this probably won’t work either… (Great article.)

  2. anon nurse,

    Thanks. I was just going to post the video in the comments myself. I can’t figure out why I can’t embed the video. It did embed when I first saved the post–and then it disappeared.

  3. The Tea Party is nothing more than a “plague doctor mask” worn by republicans. It hides a wealth of hypocrisy while pretending to protect.

  4. Heard about him from my sister a few years back. He went to her church, St. A’s. He ran twice in Evanston and lost. He move west to another district and rode the tea party wave.

  5. My biggest concern with Joe Walsh is how wrong he is on the issues. I
    could care less about his personal life although that probably does damage
    his credibility somewhat. Another thing about Walsh is that at times he
    comes off as something of a prima donna and Lawrence O’Donnell is
    a master at bringing out the truth.

  6. Elaine,

    You can’t embed the video because it uses the “youtu.be” url. Get the non-shortened url that contains “youtube.com” and try that.

  7. Nal,

    This was the one I tried first (see below). It embedded and then disappeared. I couldn’t figure out why. I tried embedding it a few more times to no avail.

    Walsh to Obama: Quit Lying

  8. I am confused. Does the fact that he does not practice what he preaches – for whatever reason make what he states any less valid?

    If your doctor is obese, chain smokes, and drinks 4 six-packs a day does that make his medical advice any less valid?

  9. Curt Sjostrand
    1, August 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm
    My biggest concern with Joe Walsh is how wrong he is on the issues.
    ———————–
    That’s an obvious concern, and, theoretically, one could be an idiot on policy issues, but have a reasonable personal/financial life. Conversely, one could theoretically be a great legislator but be totally screwed up personally and financially.

    In the case of Rep. Wash, the two sets of problems seem to go together. My wife pulled up the Ex-Wife’s filing (from last December, I think) and read through it. Who knows if, as a plaintiff’s filing in a civil case, everything is accurate, but (if I recall correctly) it claimed:
    – In the divorce, Mr. Walsh had some wage garnishment, but had to add supplemental payments each month and pay for things like education and health insurance costs on top of everything. According to the filing, he had never payed anything beyond the wage garnishment (or whatever it’s called in this case).
    – There were mentions of multiple residential properties owned by Mr. Walsh being foreclosed upon. (Who wants to bet that there’s footage of the schmuck blaming irresponsible homeowners for borrowing more than they could afford.)
    – Obviously, in such a divorce/child support situation, Mr. Walsh was required to provide tax returns and other financial information. The filing claims that he hasn’t done so in years (if ever?)
    – Despite Mr. Walsh claiming that he can’t afford the child support, he has supposedly taken his girlfriend on some international vacations over the last couple of years.
    – The ex-wife’s attorneys have been trying to track down what Mr. Walsh was doing for a living – it sounds like a weird mish-mash of “consulting”, some for some odd sounding “foundations.” (coughcough .. rightwingpoliticsisamoneymakingscam … newtgingrich .. coughcough)
    – When running for office, Mr. Walsh had portrayed himself as a successful business man, The filing cites his own campaign literature as being at odds with his claimed income when it comes to child support.
    – At the same time that he was claiming to be broke (and having various homes foreclosed upon) he managed to lend his own campaign tens of thousands of dollars…
    – The filing points out the urgency of getting the fine gentleman to pay his child support debt promptly because HE OWES LOTS OF PEOPLE LOTS OF MONEY (like his former campaign manager who had to sue him for back pay) and they’re afraid that what ever he has will be siphoned off before it can benefit the kids.

    Charming fellow. Good thing he has such an influence over the fate of the US/World economy.

    If I understand correctly, Mr. Walsh’s best (only?) chance at re-election is if he moves around a bit under the state’s upcoming re-districting.

    (St. A’s in Evanston is my wife’s former parish – we can’t imagine a schmuck like Walsh operating in that community!)

  10. Charles,

    “I am confused. Does the fact that he does not practice what he preaches – for whatever reason make what he states any less valid?

    “If your doctor is obese, chain smokes, and drinks 4 six-packs a day does that make his medical advice any less valid?”

    *****

    I feel Walsh’s own financial problems call into question his expertise on fiscal matters that are of great import to our country. Some may feel his opinion on the Debt Ceiling is on the money.” Others of us may not.

    My primary care doctor gives me good medical advice. She doesn’t fit the description of the doctor above.

  11. Walsh beat Melissa Bean, a blue dog. Some think that anyone is better than a blue dog but in this case I don’t think so…….

  12. @Elaine

    “I feel Walsh’s own financial problems call into question his expertise on fiscal matters that are of great import to our country. ”

    Aren’t these merely an accusation of financial problems at this point? Could it be that there is an honest dispute here, rather than an indication of financial problems?

    “My primary care doctor gives me good medical advice. She doesn’t fit the description of the doctor above.”

    Even though your GP seems to be the paragon of health, other doctors may not be. Is their medical advice any less valid than your doctor’s?

  13. spending reductions depend upon the meaning of reduction. These are not actual real cuts but cuts in the amount of increase.

    What has just happened is that instead of buying a $100,000 Mercedes we have bought a $45,000 Ford. We have not kept our car and used it until it reaches 250,000 miles and saved the money to replace it.

    We are still in deficit spending only to a lesser extent. Both parties in DC are full of shit and should be thrown out.

    We are being scammed by power elite in DC again.

  14. Elaine,
    Great article. I almost wrote about him myself. He is the Congressman in my District and he is certifiable. He also seems to care more about money than his children.

  15. as far as the Congressman goes, if he owes the money they should garnish it from his congressional salary and send it to his wife.

    Doing a little background on this guy, I probably would not have voted for him. He doesnt “smell” right. But then again Thomas Jefferson was broke toward the end of his life and deeply in debt and he didnt pay child support either.

  16. Joe Walsh Child Support: Wife Laura’s Court Filing Released
    Huffington Post, 2/29/2011
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/29/joe-walsh-child-support-w_n_913631.html

    Excerpt:
    Documents have newly surfaced detailing the extent of U.S. Representative Joe Walsh’s (R-Ill.) alleged lapse on his child support payments to his ex-wife Laura Walsh.

    According to a court filing, made public Friday afternoon by The National Memo, Tea Party darling Walsh paid only limited child support between November of 2005 and March of 2008, and stopped paying altogether after that point.

  17. Walsh money woes date back to 1990s
    By Kerry Lester
    Daily Herald, October 2010
    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101018/news/710199812/print/

    Excerpt:
    Eighth Congressional candidate Joe Walsh bills himself as an average Joe who, like many, fell victim to hard times when his Evanston condominium was foreclosed upon last year.

    The foreclosure, he says, is not in conflict with his platform of fiscal conservatism. If anything, it’s helped voters relate better to him.

    Being hit doubly hard by a divorce and the recession, “you’ve got a guy like me, the last five or six years I’ve been hit by a perfect storm. It’s made me much more attuned.”

    Yet, court records show Walsh had state and federal liens for unpaid taxes long before the recession began in 2007.

    Walsh, who acknowledges he has “a few isolated dings like a lot of people do,” says it’s not a pattern.

    Instead, he points to miscalculations on tax returns and a misunderstanding about taxes on a college fund.

    Starting in 1992, Walsh was handed several liens for failing to pay state and federal income taxes, together totaling nearly $25,000, according to records from the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

    The first lien, in June 1992, was for failing to pay $2,239 in federal income taxes.

    In June 1994, Walsh was handed a lien for failing to pay $21,566 in federal income taxes, some going as far back as 1985. Six months later, the state placed another lien for Walsh’s failure to pay $778 in state income taxes. He eventually paid them off and the last lien cleared in 2001.

  18. Elaine,
    Great video/song clip! Mr. Walsh is a serial crook and should be removed from his office asap. He is an embarrassment to our district.

  19. “If your doctor is obese, chain smokes, and drinks 4 six-packs a day does that make his medical advice any less valid?” (Charles)

    Does he want to be appointed Surgeon General?

  20. I read his lawyer’s lame excuse…something along the lines that Walsh racked up his debt before he got his well paying Congressional job so we should cut him some slack (his previous job was as a Republican fundraiser). So what happened Baggy? Cutting back on your spending just didn’t do the trick, huh? So you admit that was was necessary to pay off that impressive and scummy debt that you incurred was an increase in revenue, right? Seems if you follow the tired meme from the Right that the Economy should be run like a household it would seem, by Walsh’s example, that we do indeed have a problem with lack of revenue, no?

  21. It is DO AS I SAY….NOT AS I DO….don’t you all get it….Where are ALL of the trolls on this one…..

    Troll this is your day, defend him with all of your dignity……

    Vis que vous avez, je ne suis jamais tort.
    (Screw you, I am never wrong.)

  22. The God of Tea Party Freshmen Serves the Rich, Not the Poor
    8/1/2011
    by Lynn Parramore
    http://www.newdeal20.org/2011/08/01/the-god-of-tea-party-freshman-serves-the-rich-not-the-poor-53314/

    Excerpt:
    How a prince of Hell took a job on Capitol Hill.

    Every once in a while, you come across a news story that’s more than a story. It’s a revelation.

    On Sunday morning, that’s what greeted readers of the Washington Post searching for insight into the Great Debt Showdown. The first two thirds of a piece by David A. Farenthold and Dan Balz is a familiar recitation of the tribulations of Speaker John Boehner as he struggled with defiant new members of the House Republican conference. Nothing earth-shattering there. But then, out jumps a nugget of naked truth that simply takes your breath away. It exposes none other the true god served by Tea Party-backed GOP members who have held the country hostage in a sham debt-ceiling crisis. Keep in mind that the passage below is not a parody:

    Not even gentle persuasion could overcome higher powers Thursday. As Boehner was in his meetings, three freshman Republicans from South Carolina were in the House chapel nearby, in quiet discussion and in prayer. Reps. Mick Mulvaney, Tim Scott and Jeff Duncan wanted a stronger provision to guarantee a balanced-budget amendment and knew they would be lobbied furiously in the hours to come.

    At one point, Duncan said, Mulvaney picked up a Bible and read a verse from Proverbs 22: “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”

    “It’s telling me to really be bold, to really fight for structural changes,” Duncan said.

    “Mulvaney snapped the Bible closed. And I said, ‘Guys, that’s all I need to see,’ ” Duncan said. “Tim said, ‘Yep.’ And we stood up and walked out.”

    So here we have it. The god worshiped by these devout South Carolina congressmen is not Yahweh. It is not the deity served by Jesus, he of throw-the-money-lenders-out-of-the-temple fame. The god of the Tea Party freshmen, as they so unashamedly acknowledge, is certainly ancient and powerful. He was last employed as one of the chief princes of Hell. And his name is Mammon.

    On leave from his post in Hell, Mammon is doing a bit of temp work. The avatar of wealth and greed has rolled up his sleeves and taken up residence in the People’s House, where he currently advises GOP freshmen on policies contrived to do his bidding.

    Now, if Congressman Mulvaney had not shut his Bible so quickly, he might have come across another interesting passage, this one from the Gospel of Matthew.

    No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can not serve both God and Mammon.
    —Matthew 6:19-21,24

    But there was really no need for the freshmen to read this passage. Mulvaney, Scott and Duncan know exactly who they are serving. They clearly understand that the budget cuts they have fought for tooth and nail will take money from the most vulnerable members of our society and fill the coffers of the rich. You might not expect politicians to come out and say something like that so plainly. And you wouldn’t necessarily think they’d invoke the Christian Bible in support of their trickle-up economics.

  23. Why Debt Ceilings and Balanced-Budget Requirements Violate the Original Intent of the Constitution
    8/1/2011 – 9:04 am
    by William Hogeland
    http://www.newdeal20.org/2011/08/01/why-debt-ceilings-and-balanced-budget-requirements-violate-the-original-intent-of-the-constitution-53404/

    Excerpt:
    So-called “constitutional conservatives” ignore the realpolitik of our nation’s origins.

    In a critical and entertaining portrait of the anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, the New York Times columnist Frank Bruni presented Norquist as an absolutist obsessed with forcing modern political life to conform to ideas that Norquist associates with the American founders’ first principles.

    Of course, Norquist is by no means alone in taking that position. That the Constitution came into existence to keep taxes low, the federal government small, and national debt at zero is an article of faith among many who, like Michele Bachmann, have taken to calling themselves “constitutional conservatives.” And faith is required to believe it, as the Norquist interview shows. To make his supposedly constitutional argument, Norquist cites the first amendment on freedom of religion and the second on the right to keep and bear arms, and then goes on to cite absolutely nothing, in either the articles or the amendments, that so much as hints at a constitutional requirement to balance the federal budget, avoid debt, tax no more than people like Norquist deem appropriate, and keep government small.

    He can’t cite anything to that effect because while balancing budgets, restraining borrowing, and keeping taxes low and government small might be good goals, depending on what you mean by them, it is impossible to locate in the founding national law any requirement to accomplish them. Indeed, the reality of founding history leads to the reverse conclusion.

    The Constitution came about precisely to enable a newly large government — a national one — to tax all Americans for the specific purpose of funding a large public debt. Neither Alexander Hamilton nor his mentor the financier Robert Morris made any bones about that purpose; James Madison was among their closest allies; and Edmund Randolph of Virginia opened the Constitutional Convention by charging the delegates to redress the country’s failure to fund — not pay off, fund — the public debt, by creating a national government.

  24. From the newdeal20.org article:

    At one point, Duncan said, Mulvaney picked up a Bible and read a verse from Proverbs 22: “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”

    “It’s telling me to really be bold, to really fight for structural changes,” Duncan said.

    “Mulvaney snapped the Bible closed. And I said, ‘Guys, that’s all I need to see,’ ” Duncan said. “Tim said, ‘Yep.’ And we stood up and walked out.”

    ==========

    “Family” guys, maybe?

  25. A local religious group was running an ad with this “If your doctor is obese, chain smokes, and drinks 4 six-packs a day does that make his medical advice any less valid?” line of reasoning as an excuse for Christians behaving badly.

    My answer is yes, it does in fact make their advice less valid. Since the good doctor in this fairy tale does not deem the evidence enough to warrant changes of life style it suggests the behaviors are not all that bad.

    That is not, however, even mildly comparable to someone forcing their moral beliefs on others while not living them themselves. Politicians who what to outlaw gay or eliminate divorce or punish infidelity or fornication while engaging in those activities are doing more than giving advice.

  26. Rep. Joe Walsh allegedly owing $100,000 in child support sums up enforcement issues
    BY MARY MITCHELL
    Chicago Sun-Times
    http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchell/6826921-417/rep.-joe-walsh-allegedly-owing-100000-in-child-support-sums-up-enforcement-issues

    Excerpt:
    As bad as all this looks, Walsh’s lawyer claims that the congressman “had no more problems with child support than any other average guy.”

    I can’t believe that response sits well with Walsh’s Tea Party supporters who characterize themselves as trying to do the right thing for their families and their country.

    And let’s take a look at those average deadbeat dads who were recently arrested by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department during a Father’s Day sting.

    Among those arrested was Cleveland Keys Jr., 46, who owns a barber shop in Evergreen Park. Keys owes $213,677.41 in child support. Byron Portis, 29, owes $59,227, and when investigators caught up with him, they found $44,000 stuffed in a bag and four loaded firearms. Cook County Sheriff’s police also nabbed Yaser Hadidi, 51, a man who had already been arrested five times for failure to pay $50,935.48 in child support. According to authorities, Hadidi had recently been arrested for LINK card fraud during a sting at his Bellwood liquor store.

    Is there a pattern here?

    Joe Walsh lost his Evanston condo to foreclosure and is being sued by his former campaign manager, Keith Liscio, for $20,000 in salary Liscio said he is owed, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

    Despite earlier revelations of foreclosures and property liens, Walsh managed to convince voters in his suburban district that he’s the “Average Joe” they need to represent them in the U.S. Congress.

    That’s just sad.

    While Walsh may have a wit quick enough to snag a sound bite, if he failed to diligently pay his child support, he is unfit to lead.

    Indeed, Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart is one week away from posting photographs of 1,000 deadbeat parents.

    In most instances, sheriff’s police have to track these parents from one address to another because they tend to get paid under the table and pay for items in cash.

    All four of the men pictured with the word “CAPTURED” stamped across their faces in the “deadbeat parents” section of the Cook County Sheriff’s website owe less than Walsh is accused of owing.

    In fact, James L. Alexander, a 27-year-old West Side man, was locked up for owing $8,422 in back child support.

    So while Walsh and his supporters will attempt to quash the heat he has gotten by characterizing the child support expose as a politically motivated attack, that’s not the case.

    Simply put, elected officials are leaders and should set a positive example for the rest of us. Walsh misses the mark.

    Because failing to provide for one’s children is as bad as it gets.

  27. Town Hall Attendee Tells GOP Rep. Joe Walsh: ‘Let’s Tax The Rich’
    By Travis Waldron on Aug 6, 2011
    Think Progress
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/08/06/289618/joe-walsh-townhall-tax-rich/

    Excerpt:
    At a Thursday town hall meeting in Wauconda, Illinois, Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) railed against defense cuts and entitlement programs, telling attendees that Americans refuse to have a discussion about how best to rein in the nation’s deficit and debt. But when Walsh asked how Americans planned to pay for those programs, he was caught off guard by a quick answer from one of the event’s attendees:

    WALSH: This country, for years, has put off the discussion, how are we going to pay for that? Let’s have the discussion!

    MAN: Let’s tax the rich.

    WALSH: Let’s tax the rich, they say! (Applause) All I’m saying is —

    MAN: We used to!

    WALSH: Don’t know where you’re going to get the money.

  28. Judge Orders Joe Walsh To Prove He Doesn’t Owe Back Child-Support
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/14/judge-scolds-rep-joe-wals_n_962633.html

    Excerpt:
    After months of dismissing allegations that he owed his ex-wife more than $100,000 in back child support, U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh was ordered Wednesday to provide the court with proof that he isn’t a deadbeat dad.

    According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Cook County Circuit Judge Raul Vega expressed frustration when the Illinois Republican and Tea Party favorite did not appear in court along with his ex-wife, Laura Walsh.

    From the Sun-Times:

    Walsh’s new attorney, Janet Boyle, asked Vega “for what purpose” he wanted the congressman in court.

    Vega gave her a puzzled look.

    To which Boyle responded: “Mr. Walsh is a U.S. congressman.”

    “Well, he’s no different than anyone else,” the judge said.

    The judge then issued a “rule to show cause,” asking that Walsh provide proof that he made the child support payments–or risk being held in contempt for falling behind.

  29. Tea Party sticking with alleged deadbeat dad
    Rep. Joe Walsh is embroiled in a nasty court battle with his ex-wife over child support payments
    BY JUSTIN ELLIOTT
    Salon, 9/15/2011
    http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/09/15/joe_walsh_child_support/index.html

    Excerpt:
    Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., has quickly become one of the most recognizable Tea Party freshmen in Congress, making headlines and earning admiration from the right for his withering attacks on Barack Obama, including calling the president a liar and “idiotic.”

    But in recent weeks a nasty court fight between Walsh and his ex-wife, who alleges that he owes $117,000 in back child support for their three children, has spilled into public view. The story got us wondering: How do Tea Party types who supported Walsh in 2010 feel about the allegations?

    So far, they’re either withholding judgment or giving Walsh — who ran on a family values platform — the benefit of the doubt. His campaign platform spoke of “traditional marriage” and referred to the family as “the core unit which determines the strength of any society.”

    “To put it bluntly, it’s none of my business,” said Jerry McDaniel, executive director of the Illinois Conservative Action Network, which endorsed Walsh in 2010. “If he has problems with his ex-wife, I don’t know exactly how that would affect his work as a congressman.”

    “I’m kind of an old man, and I know how divorces go,” McDaniel added.

    I put the same question to Paul Caprio, director of Family-PAC, the “leading pro-family, anti-tax political action committee in Illinois.”

    “I think we really have to wait and see. We’re confident he’ll be able to resolve this issue,” said Caprio, whose PAC backed Walsh in 2010. “It’s a dispute as I understand it. I understand the children have all received a very good education, and no one has been out on the street.”

  30. “I think we really have to wait and see. We’re confident he’ll be able to resolve this issue,” said Caprio, whose PAC backed Walsh in 2010. “It’s a dispute as I understand it. I understand the children have all received a very good education, and no one has been out on the street.”

    It’s a dispute? The Hell you say, Paul. You figured that out all by yourself? But it’s not only a dispute. It’s a violated court order and the burden of proof is on your boy to prove he didn’t violate said order.

    “To put it bluntly, it’s none of my business,” said Jerry McDaniel, executive director of the Illinois Conservative Action Network, which endorsed Walsh in 2010. “If he has problems with his ex-wife, I don’t know exactly how that would affect his work as a congressman.”

    To put it bluntly, it’s not like a Congressman has to obey a court order or anything. Laws and judgements are for the little people after all. Aren’t they, Jerry?

    What a couple of idiots!

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