Go Ahead GOP, Hold Disaster Relief Hostage Again. I DARE You!on October 29, 2012 at 10:19 am
We are now just one week away from the election. The East Coast is, as I type this, getting battered by another “rare” storm that we’re only supposed to see once every century. This is the second time in twenty years and there is reason to believe that Sandy is no longer a “freak” occurrence. But let’s skip that for now.
What I want to discuss is your Ayn Randian insistance that federal disaster relief is “immoral” or that we should cut social spending to pay for it. We can’t cut the military’s massive budget to pay for emergency relief but we can surely spare a few billion from, say, school lunches.
But that’s all in the past, right? Let’s concentrate on the here and now. The damage from Sandy is expected to be unprecedented. It might possibly be one of the most expensive storms of all time. Hundreds of thousands of people will be without power, displaced, homes damaged or destroyed. Businesses will be devastated.
Here’s what I want: I want you to get in front of a camera and tell the entire country how bad you feel for the victims of Sandy and how you will stop at nothing to hold up the emergency disaster aid until you get concessions for spending cuts elsewhere. You did it last time when Joplin, Missouri was leveled and several states ravaged by violent storms. You’re going to do it this time as well, aren’t you? And if not, why not? Maybe because it’s so close to an election? Hmmmm….
Dear Mainstream Media,
After reading the above letter, are you planning on asking Republicans if they’re still opposed to emergency federal spending without offsets? If they say they are not, are you planning on asking them the obvious follow up question of “why?” Are you ever going to do your job?