Cantor balks at tornado relief; tells Missouri “Them’s the breaks”

Posted on May 23, 2011


The No. 2 House Republican said that if Congress doles out additional money to assist in the aftermath of natural disasters across the country, the spending has to be offset by cuts in other domestic spending.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) — the living embodiment of the term “number two” — said “if there is support for a supplemental appropriation for tornado victims, it must be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental.”

Finding ways to offset disaster relief funds could be a significant challenge for House Republicans and would put their promise to cut spending to a true test. Roughly 100 people have died in Joplin, Missouri so far after a tornado and subsequent storms lashed through the town this weekend.

Joplin, a southwestern Missouri town of roughly 50,000 people, is represented by Rep. Billy Long, a freshman Republican who replaced Roy Blunt when he went to the Senate. Missouri’s Congressional delegation has six Republicans — two were elected in 2010.

Party-first politics is abject stupidity — and Eric Cantor is the national poster child. Our politicians are for sale to the highest bidder aren’t interested in the slightest with benefitting this nation and it’s citizens in any meaningful manner.  Just ask any politician what he or she will personally do about a particular situation or issue. Every answer you get will be a “what we need to do” answer followed by no specific actions whatsoever, instead of “what we ARE doing” answer that includes details and actions for which they might be held accountable. Anything to get and keep that job, and the benefits, perks and kickbacks provided by taxpayer citizens.

How to pay for the tornado disaster relief? How about we take it out of the hundreds of billions we send to Israel? How about we take it out of the dozens of billions in foreign aid we’re giving to Pakistan? Cantor supports that. Of course, why wouldn’t he? The head of the Council on Pakistan Relations donated $50,000 to Eric Cantor’s campaign.

How about we take it from the $2.9 Trillion spent in Iraq and Afghanistan so far; or from the additional $800 Billion in the Defense Department budget pegged for Iraq/Afghanistan now? Cantor has supported and voted in favor of every single Iraq and Afghanistan funding bill since he took office, including more than $750 Billion in eight separate “emergency appropriations” bills that appear nowhere on the federal budget and are not counted as part of the existing Pentagon annual defense budget.

How about we cut the fat and padding out of a Halliburton contract? Cantor has voted against all three attempts at restricting no-bid defense contracts. At last tally, Halliburton has received … get ready for this … $1.68 TRILLION in no-bid contracts since 2001.

We’ve always got unlimited billions to fork over without question to every Middle Eastern desert wasteland there is that has oil. But when it’s Americans who need help, we can just go pound sand.

“Pay for it elsewhere.” It’s the Republican mantra these days. Only “elsewhere” always means “take it from the middle class suckers we always take it from.”

But billions in corporate welfare for companies already making hundreds of billions in profits?  Oh yeah, we got that.

And let’s not forget that it was Cantor — unaffected by tsunamis — who called for massive cuts in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) budget, which includes the National Weather Service (NWS) and is charged with tsunami warnings as well as preparing for and reacting to disasters.

“Funding things that *might* happen is reckless and ineffective,” Cantor said. “Not when we’re faced with such dire financial circumstances already.”

Well, Eric Cantor *might* get cornered in a parking lot by a pissed off voter and beaten within an inch of his miserable existence. But hey … stuff happens, right Eric? No sense in spending to prevent it. That would just be reckless and ineffective.

So Cantor wants all domestic disaster relief to be offset by commensurate cuts in domestic spending. But he has never uttered a word about commensurate cuts in foreign spending.

Oh .. Cantor’s in favor of cutting spending alright … just not on any spending his corporate and defense department puppet masters tell him to leave alone.