Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A whirlwind controversy

Eric Cantor recently went on record saying that any money sent to Joplin MO to aid in the recovery and reconstruction after the massive amount of tornado damage there should only be sent after an equivalent amount is cut from other programs.

In other words, Cantor is saying that thousands of American citizens will be left without federal aid (in other words, held hostage) in order to push the GOP's agenda of spending cuts to federal programs.

As far as I know, we are still sending money overseas to pay for disaster relief. We are certainly still paying oil companies billions in tax dollars so they won't raise the gas prices. No one has ever suggested that we balance those expenditures by cutting the money from other programs. Yet, when American citizens are suffering and in desperate need for help, the Right comes up with this ultimatum: cut the money from somewhere else, or they get nothing.

Update: Jon Stewart takes up the the story against Cantor.

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