Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cantor Plays Politics with Joplin Tornado Aid

We are a bootstraps kind of country, and we do "pull our self up" by those bootstraps. That's why we've become the country we have become over the last nearly 235 years. It's when someone has no bootstraps that it's time to step in as the government and help.

Of course, a case for this would be the recent Sunday night tornado that plowed through Joplin, Missouri. Over 2,000 structures including a major hospital have been destroyed or damaged, and the death toll is sure to continue to climb as the unbelievable devastation is cleared away.

People's homes, workplaces, leisure areas, and lifestyles have not only been disrupted, but people have lost everything they have. This is not the time to play politics. The people in Missouri (and other disaster-ravaged places) need help. They need it now.

Unfortunately, the "let them eat cake" mentality of the Republican Majority Leader in the U.S. Congress, Eric Cantor, has risen its ugly head. Instead of keeping his mouth shut and allowing the government to pass along necessary disaster relief funds to the people that need them, Cantor opened it and said that any disaster relief must be paid for by equal cuts.

Are you kidding me? Making a spending vs. debt argument on the backs of these Missouri storm victims? Is this the opinion of the new Republican leadership in Congress?

Cantor can argue his party's fiscal discipline argument anytime he wants to. This, however, is not the time nor the battlefield to argue it on. Cantor simply cannot be allowed to play party politics with a natural disaster that has killed scores and destroyed 75 percent of a city of 50,000. Someone in the Republican Party needs to grab that leash and snap it back. Thankfully, it looks like someone has as it is reported that the House is about to spend $1 billion in disaster aid.

If you want to help those in Missouri, Alabama, or anywhere effected by these awful natural disasters we have recently experienced, you can donate to the Red Cross here.

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