Eric Cantor goes to Joplin - well, he would, but his schedule is, like, just really tight right now | Street Jazz

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Eric Cantor goes to Joplin - well, he would, but his schedule is, like, just really tight right now

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 10:54 AM

It’s so hard to keep track of Eric Cantor these days, what with his organizing busloads of volunteers to go to the hurricane ravaged parts of our country, making public service announcements for the Red Cross, offering solace to those who have lost family members or, at last report, making passionate arguments on Fox News that Americans would come together in this time of crisis, and that anyone who suggested otherwise had lost touch with their essential humanity.

To hear him silence Sean Hannity with the eloquence of his words brought Americans - and people all around the world - to their feet, applauding.

Oh, wait a minute. That’s the Eric Cantor from an alternate universe, far removed from our own.

In our universe, Virginia’s Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, is quite a different figure. In our lucky universe, we not only have had Hurricane Irene, we have Typhoon Eric, with his dark pledge that any aid to those malingerers in Vermont and the surrounding states must be met by spending cuts elsewhere.

Already, aid to Joplin, ravaged by a massive tornado earlier this year, is being diverted to this new calamity. Of course, Comrade Cantor would probably like the cuts to be in those nice “entitlement” programs he and his cohorts so despise.

It might be too much to ask that Eric Cantor actually go to Joplin and give his prattle there.

I’m not writing in the idiotic sense that Rick Perry was talking about the reception the Fed chair might get if he goes to Texas, but in the hopes of this image - Eric Cantor, walking amongst the families hit hardest by the storm, and giving one of his patented speeches there, so that the whole world can see the kind of man he is, once and for all.

When you open your eyes, do you see human beings, Eric?

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I think Eric Cantor really, really liked saying this

In August, Cantor told an interviewer that the better way for Americans to get their fiscal house in order was to "come to grips with the fact that promises have been made that frankly are not going to be kept for many."

The financially well-off Cantor also said that younger Americans would just have to “adjust.”

It’s time to pay attention to these people, and send back to the obscurity they so richly deserve.

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/08/03/cantor_says_promises_wont_be_kept.html

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Thank you, Brenda Boudreax!

Possibly some of the wisest words spoken by someone on the Fayetteville City Council in recent memory were those from by Brenda Boudreax, quoted in the Northwest Arkansas Times this morning:

“We do need to get out of the business of buying stuff that might work just because it’s a great deal.”

Oddly enough, she almost didn’t come across so much as a council member as she did a therapist, warning a patient against the dangers of hoarding.

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