Once again Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Majority Leader Eric Cantor has shown what a true putz he really is, saying that any federal relief to repair damage and offset costs of dealing with Hurricane Irene should be tied to – or funded by – cuts elsewhere.
But wait Cantor isn’t alone in this way of thinking, Congressman Scott Garrett is in agreement, claiming – through a spokesperson that it’s the “responsible thing to do.”
“With $16 trillion in debt and budget deficits as far as the eye can see, the last thing we should be doing is spending money we don’t have,” Garrett spokesman Ben Veghte said.
Yeah, because if there’s a natural disaster – which no one can predict, and for which you can’t budget money ahead of time – no doubt Garrett wanted to say, “We should cut spending to wasteful programs like Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.” Because you know there’s no way they would ever suggest cutting money to defense, or to Congressional operations.
Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell disagrees with the dynamic dimwits saying that emergency funding can – and should be – handled as it has been in the past, with emergency funding provided outside the normal budget process.
“I’ve always seen, whether it was a big fire out on the West Coast or a calamity in one of the Northern states during a snowstorm, America’s always been there, Congress has always been there,” he said. “Mr. Cantor can’t even run his own caucus. I don’t know how you can expect him to say anything reasonable or sane. This storm isn’t hitting Democrats, it’s not hitting Republicans, it’s hitting all of us.”
Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg said in a statement it was “unconscionable that anyone would hold up emergency aid for this storm over ideology. People are going to need urgent help, and I will fight like the devil to deliver it.”
Earlier this year, after tornadoes ravaged the Midwest and south, a bill was approved practically along party lines in the GOTP dominated House seeking to cut spending, including about $450 million allocated to Amtrak for upgrades in Central Jersey, to replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund.
Fortunately, like most of the ludicrous bills coming from the Neverland of the GOTP controlled House, it hasn’t seen the light of day in the Democratic controlled Senate; but, the Federal Railroad Administration has since approved Amtrak’s project, making it more difficult for Congress to cut the funding.
According to the Associated Press (AP), FEMA’s disaster fund covers a variety of costs, including emergency workers’ overtime, repairs to public works such as roads and utilities, and temporary housing for victims. Fifteen New Jersey counties buried by a post-Christmas blizzard last year, for example, received $19 million this year from the disaster fund.
Cantor and company want to make every dime political hoping top score points with FOX PAC Americans by demonstrating how fiscally responsible the GOTP is compared to the Democratic Party; but all they’re doing is showing how heartless, reckless and moronic the GOTP is. For eight years these same members of Congress funded Bush’s war off budget pouring billions of dollars into Afghanistan and Iraq, and not one of them insisted on cutting spending somewhere else to do that, and they cut taxes – a fundamental economic blunder when fighting a war – but now they want to cut the budget to pay for disaster relief to Americans? I think they’re going to find a boomerang effect from voters in 2012 and then they’ll realize they’ve greatly overplayed their hand.