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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Republicans: Can I get a second on this motion?

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 2:50 PM

CANTOR TO JOPLIN: Find the money or fix it yourself.
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  • CANTOR TO JOPLIN: Find the money or fix it yourself.

Rep. Eric Cantor is all over the web today for saying he was inclined to oppose disaster aid for Joplin, Mo., without corresponding budget cuts.

Really? A little cold, don't you think?

Commentary from firedoglake:

Cantor, merely following established conservative ideology, made the statement that no emergency relief for Joplin would pass the House without corresponding cuts elsewhere.

As the Washington Times reports, Cantor said any aid would need to be offset by other spending cuts, “If there is support for a supplemental, it would be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental.” The term “pay-fors” means either spending cuts or tax increases, and the Republicans have firmly stated that they would not pass any tax increases this year. The Washington Times also points out that six years then-House Majority Leader Tom Delay approved Hurricane Katrina aid without offsetting spending cuts. At the time Delay said it was acceptable to just add the Katrina aid on to the deficit.

Needless to say, many on Twitter reacted with horror. But I’m not sure why. This is the true heart of the Republican Party. The idea of the “compassionate conservative” went long ago, and the idea that we’re all in it together never arrived. On the same day that Cantor made this statement, the House Appropriations Committee revealed their plan to cut nutrition and food safety programs by 10-15%, including $832 million in cuts to the Women, Infants and Children food assistance program and $285 million to the FDA. They’re not really interested in helping people and they never were. Presumably the folks in Joplin should just pick themselves up by their bootstraps and rebuild their homes themselves.

What about it Tea Party? Tim Griffin? Rick Crawford? Steve Womack? John Boozman? Jason Rapert? Jon Hubbard? Mark Darr? Mark Biviano? Etc. Tough times require tough medicine, right?

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