Monday, May 23, 2011

Eric Cantor: Disaster relief for Joplin must be offset by spending cuts

If House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has his way, the city of Joplin will receive no disaster relief unless it is offset by spending cuts.

With 116 people dead and the toll expected to rise, Cantor's strict adherence to GOP dogma seems highly inappropriate.

Of course, the toll does not include anyone in the Virginia Republican's district:

The No. 2 House Republican said that if Congress doles out additional money to assist in the aftermath of natural disasters across the country, the spending may need to be offset.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said "if there is support for a supplemental, it would be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental."

Finding ways to offset disaster relief funds could be a significant challenge for House Republicans and would put their promise to cut spending to a true test. Roughly 100 people have died in Joplin, Mo., in the last few days after a tornado cut through the town.


Anonymous said...

I have an idea: On your federal tax returns, why not change it to allow people to dedicate money to the federal disaster relief fund rather than to presidential campaign funds. Cantor's an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Somebody please check the official Tea Party platform and see if FEMA is an approved-of government agency, or if disaster relief is one of those things that should be handled locally.

Like the Department of Education.

Anonymous said...

Randy, shame on you.this is low even for you. I challenge you to show where anyone says there will be no must be afraid of Mr. you start looking for way to slant things.

You are acting like the other Democratic goom squads

Shame, shame, shame

You owe an apology to everyone who lost someone in this tragedy

Randy said...

Apparently, you are the only one who is not making the connection here. Believe me, it is Eric Cantor who owes the people of Joplin an apology and not me.

Anonymous said...

Lets start with your salary you Putz!

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:49,

You Republicans have done enough thank you. Just sit down and shut up. Left up to you guys there would be NO assistance for anyone unless it was a tax break for a millionaire.

I'm sure the money being spent to help people in these disasters is just killing the Republicans. Helping the common people, the, the non-rich? Oh, what a nightmare it must be for them. Who knows, next they'll want medical care or food! Damn it!!

I'm with you Randy and sit tight, the Republicans have only begun to show their color with the things they say.

After their attempt to destroy Medicare I think we can thin the herd real soon.

Anonymous said...

The title of your post says must be offset. In the body of the post it says may need to be offset. So Which is it? Looks like you should be writing for the Lamar Democrat again!

Anonymous said...

Well here's an idea. If Joplin can't get federal aid maybe they should ask the Saudis or Chinese for help.

It's pretty damn sad that corporations get more help from the republicans than honest Americans.

I truly believe we have the best politicians that money can buy.

Anonymous said...

Come on guys. Without Cantor diligent protection of our budget where would we find the funds necessary for additional tax cuts.

Sojourner Wolf said...

Comments I have seen elsewhere on this subject have suggested offsets spending cuts such as using money that goes to foreign aid, big oil subsidies and tax breaks for the wealthy rather than cuts to education, social security and medicare. Cantor's comments though, stink of tightening the belt anywhere but on the fat cats.