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House Republicans Fumble on Sandy Relief

by Jason Lightner January 4th, 2013 |

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hud post sandy whWhen did it become taboo in this country to help people in need?

It just seems like the very notion of one’s tax dollars being used for the betterment of someone else has become the embodiment of some sort of socialist nightmare. I can’t, for the life of me, understand how we’ve become such a selfish nation that we could seriously consider it acceptable to sit idly by as thousands are in need of help, and do nothing. What is the point of this being the United States of America anymore? Clearly we are very, very divided.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner (R-Ohio) became the target of New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) due to the failure of the speaker and House Republicans to schedule a vote for a Hurricane Sandy relief bill. Not only was it a failure, mind you, it was an outright refusal.

“There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their speaker, John Boehner. This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. Natural disasters happen in red states and blue states and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors. We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Or at least we did until last night. Last night, politics was placed before oaths to serve our citizens. For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch.”

–Governor Chris Christie (R-New Jersey)

For some strange reason, House Republicans have been trying for weeks to cut 60 percent of the aid requested by President Obama for victims of the storm which killed 253 people and caused over $65 billion in damages throughout seven countries. Perhaps it’s easy to forget that out of the total cost of Sandy, $63 billion of those damages were suffered by the United States and, out of the total fatalities, we suffered over 130. I suppose it’s possible to forget that, no matter the state in which we live, we’re supposed to be in this together.

Actually, these facts aren’t easy to forget. They’ve been etched into the minds of anyone who’s been paying attention, which should be all of our representatives in the House – Republican, Democrat, or otherwise. Last time I checked, they got paid– by us – to serve the people’s interests, not to be childish, partisan derelicts. Instead, what we have are a bunch of elderly juveniles – dinosaurs lingering from a bygone era of aristocracy – who refused to come to terms on a budget and then nearly soiled themselves trying to get it finished.

Hey idiots – this isn’t college. You don’t get the luxury of waiting until the last minute when it concerns 313 million Americans.

So these hacks neglect their elected duty and then turn a blind eye to victims of a natural disaster, desperately in need of help? How much do they get paid to do this?

$174,000 per year for the House members, $223,500 per year for the Speaker.

And we gave them these jobs. For shame.

Remember how we all came together when 9/11 happened? What ever happened to that America? What ever happened to standing together as one nation, for strength and perseverance? I guess that went out the window when we elected the black guy a second time, huh?

For all of the posturing the Republicans have done over the past few years, and all of the criticism they’ve given the Obama administration, they sure haven’t been able to come up with any solutions, and have only seemed to make things drastically worse. Do you think that perhaps they might be singing a different tune had Hurricane Sandy been wearing a hijab when she tore into the eastern seaboard? I have my reservations. What they’d likely do is deny the victims aid like they did with 9/11 first responders, then declare a war on hurricanes and drain $633.3 billion per year from the federal budget for “defense,” all while making the lower and middle class foot the bill.

I need a drink.

(White House photo)

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