The pot calling the kettle black, my mother called it.
Our U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer eschews what he speaks of as a carrot and stick approach, alluding to our federal government's practice of offering fiscal incentives to states in exchange for their adopting certain federal measures (News Tribune, May 4, B3). Rep. Luetkemeyer's advice: "just say no to the money."
This member of the congressional Committee on Financial Services benefited in his re-election from contributions from various industries, among which the top four are the very industries which his committee oversees. In his case, his own advice of rejection - "just say no to the money" - has not been forthcoming.
As mother said, it's like the pot calling the kettle black.