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08-27-2011, 08:32 AM   #1
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Eric Cantor - the newest Scrooge?

Eric Cantor, the darling of the Rightwingnuts, has this to say about earthquake relief:
This week, Virginia experienced a magnitude 5.8 earthquake, one of the most powerful tremors on the east coast since 1897. As Virginians scramble to assess the damage, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) quickly returned from his trip in Israel to survey the damage done to his congressional district.

“There is an appropriate federal role in incidents like this,” Cantor said. That role? The bare minimum. According to Cantor, Congress’s traditional practice of providing disaster relief without strings attached — a policy its followed for years — is going way beyond the call of duty. If Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) asks for federal aid, Cantor insists that the relief be offset elsewhere in the federal budget:

The next step will be for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to decide whether to make an appeal for federal aid, Cantor said. The House Majority Leader would support such an effort but would look to offset the cost elsewhere in the federal budget.

“All of us know that the federal government is busy spending money it doesn’t have,” Cantor said in Culpeper, where the quake damaged some buildings along a busy shopping thoroughfare. [...]

Cantor did not offer specifics on potential offsets.

While touring the damage in his district, Cantor surmised, “Obviously, the problem is that people in Virginia don’t have earthquake insurance.” As the Insurance Information Institute notes, “earthquakes are not covered under standard U.S. homeowners or business insurance policies, although supplemental coverage is usually available.” So, for Cantor, the problem here is that Virginians didn’t have the foresight to predict an exceedingly rare natural disaster and pay out of their own pocket in advance.

If absolutely nothing else, Cantor is at least consistent in his callous attitude. When Americans were struggling to recover from the deadly tornado that tore through south in May, Cantor also demanded that any disaster relief be offset with cuts. Apparently, to Cantor, the “appropriate role” for public servants is to completely fail the public they serve.
Here is the source: Hurricane Irene, Eric Cantor, and the Republican Hostage-Taking Politics of Disaster Relief | The Moderate Voice

While there hasn't been a significant quake in this area since the New Madrid quake of 1811 and 1812, homeowners should pony up for insurance against an unlikely event. Right!

I can't wait to hear his take on damage from hurricane Irene!

It seems that the Constitution's injunction "to provide for the common welfare" is subject to wide interpretation. Is an amendment in the works to change "common" to "corporate"?

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just one of the "high priests" of flat earth economics ....................
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There's so much unbridled teabaggery, it can't be contained by a single thread!!!!!!!!!

Could we get teabaggery into the Oxford dictionary?
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Daily Kos: Rick Perry slashed Texas volunteer fire dept funding by 75%, forest service funding by a*third

Rick Perry slashed Texas volunteer fire dept funding by 75%, forest service funding by a third
It should be noted that these cuts happened even during Texas' current "historic" fire season, so it's not a case of not being able to foresee why keeping firefighting services around might have some practical use. And it's not stopping Perry from complaining that he's not getting enough federal aid, even while cutting grants that allow volunteer fire departments to actually buy equipment to fight future fires.

There is one difference between Perry's conservatism and that of, say, Eric Cantor, who finds himself out on a limb that few of his fellow Republicans dare join him on: nobody in Texas is talking about not fighting the fires because they don't want to pay for it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jeffkrol Quote
Rick Perry slashed Texas volunteer fire dept funding by 75%, forest service funding by a third
Texas needs the fires to keep them warm because of global cooling.

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