Cantor: Hurricane Relief Spending Must Be Balanced By Cuts

Brian Beutler of TPM shows us just what kind of people Republicans are in these awful times:

With Hurricane Bearing Down Cantor Spox Says Disaster Relief Should Be Paid For With Spending Cuts

Brian Beutler | August 25, 2011, 12:40PM

Looks like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) will extend his requirement that federal disaster relief be paid for by cutting spending elsewhere in the budget to Hurricane Irene.

“We aren’t going to speculate on damage before it happens, period,” his spokesperson Laena Fallon emails. “But, as you know, Eric has consistently said that additional funds for federal disaster relief ought to be offset with spending cuts.”

Well, now Hurricane Irene has arrived. Cantor’s state of Virginia was in the path; I don’t know the degree of damage there, but landfall was somewhere near the border of North Carolina and Virginia, so I doubt if Virginia got off easy. And hurricane damage can be overwhelmingly expensive.

Some people are utter failures as human beings: Cantor is one of them. If I were in Cantor’s district, I’d start cranking out a campaign ad right now…

UPDATE later 8/28: here’s a sampling of news about the damage in the state of Virginia:

In other words, with the justice of true irony, Cantor’s governor will be forced to accept such disaster funds as the federal government offers him. Rick “Goodhair” Perry of Texas was exactly the same kind of hypocrite during the all-too-brief stimulus over a year ago. It’s what Republicans do: they take everything they can, then deny the same to everyone else. It is at the core of who they are. Damn them!


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  • jams o donnell  On Sunday August 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I await an imminent and major volte face!

    • Steve  On Sunday August 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      jams… a major volte face? Trust me, Cantor can neither spell nor pronounce it, nor does he know what it means. But Virginia’s governor, who is also a Republican, will inevitably be forced to accept federal relief funds, and he and Cantor may pay for their intransigence the next time they face the voters.

  • ellroon  On Sunday August 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    You guys made me go google volte face. (A complete about face). It would be so nice if Cantor could experience true poverty just once….

    • Steve  On Sunday August 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      ellroon, did you ever play any sort of ensemble music? Did you run across a marking at the end of a page…

        volte subito

      … and discover that the music continued forthwith on the following page, with almost no time to turn the page? When you don’t know a particular bit of Latin or Italian, work by analogy to what you do know… you’ll get it right more often than not.

      And yes, the notion of Cantor in poverty appeals to me. It is a far more civilized hope than my initial instinct, which was to wish that he stood in front of me and I had a pickax in my hand. Fortunately, I do not usually act on instinct…

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