Republicans Take More Hostages — The Victims Of Hurricane Irene!

And then have a good laugh about it!

In a country that claims to be the greatest nation on earth, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Eric Cantor, shows once again why Republicans should be voted out of office with extreme prejudice. Having held the world’s economy hostage all summer long and caused more hardship for people while attempting to extract even more money from poor and middle class Americans, Eric Cantor and his Republicans have decided to continue their assault on the American people.

Even before Hurricane Irene came ashore, the Republican leader made it clear that they weren’t going to help any of those people who were sure to be affected by the hurricane — that they weren’t going to get shit from the government unless it comes out of the pockets of the rest of the working and poor people in our country. He made it quite clear on Fox News that Republicans don’t care about hurricane victims at all…

Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene this weekend, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today stood by his call that no more money be allocated for disaster relief unless it is offset by spending cuts elsewhere. The Washington Post reported this morning that FEMA will need more money than it currently has to deal with the storm’s aftermath and is already diverting funds from other recent disasters to deal with the hurricane, but Cantor’s comments suggest Republicans won’t authorize more funds without a fight.

So here we go again, a new hostage crisis and this time it’s people along the east coast who were unfortunate enough to have chosen to live in the path of hurricanes. You have to wonder if the Republican’s really believe that their game of hostage taking is going to help them politically. The way I see it, hurricanes don’t discriminate against one party or another and in natural disasters, people pull together and put partisanship aside. Not so much for the current Republican Party, they are out of their fucking minds. Steve Benen sums it up like only he can do…(emphasis mine)

In the interview, the dimwitted Majority Leader tried to make this sound like common sense — instead of an unprecedented move. Remember, no modern Congress, regardless of which party was in the majority, has ever demanded offsets in response to American natural disaster, not even Tom DeLay’s.


Let’s also not lose sight of the larger context here. As far as Eric Cantor is concerned, launching wars in Iraq and Afghanistan do not need to be paid for. Tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires do not need to be paid for. Bailing out Wall Street does not need to be paid for. But when American communities are struck by a natural disaster, all of a sudden, House Republicans discover a new standard: if Democrats want to help affected areas, the GOP has some demands that must be met.

As if that isn’t enough to show that Republicans don’t deserve to be in power, lets “pivot” to one of the leading contenders for the Republican nomination, Michelle Bachmann, who decided to joke about the hurricane while it was happening. I’m sure you’ve seen our read her comments where she joked about the hurricane and earthquakes.

“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now.

I’ll once again let Steve Benen put this into perspective for us.

I’ll gladly concede that the right-wing Republican delivered the comments in a seemingly lighthearted way, but it’s also worth noting that presidential candidates don’t generally joke about deadly natural disasters while the disaster is unfolding. Bachmann clearly liked the line well enough to repeat it more than once, but while she was drawing laughs, people were literally dying.

When anyone says to you that there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats, smack them upside the head and direct them to this post.

Cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles


7 thoughts on “Republicans Take More Hostages — The Victims Of Hurricane Irene!

  1. Michelle Bachman wasn’t joking. I really think that this lady was completely and utterly serious! She’s nuts and a danger to this democracy which makes it a shame that we’re too civilized because in my opinion I think she needs to be thrown out from her seat.

    I think that your right but no matter how much you tell them otherwise they wont listen and will continue to believe their both parties are the same bullshit.

  2. Bachmann’s star is falling due to Rich Perry’s meteoric rise among the christian teabaggers. Perry will play his “manly man cowboy” persona to the hilt.

    Romney is attacking Perry who now has twice the popularity now by citing his life on the taxpayers’ dole….five years as a pilot in the USAF and 27 years now in elected office becoming a multimillionaire on a government paycheck.

    The Houston Chronicle (that hasn’t endorsed Perry in past elections) is running a new revealing story daily about the less than ethical Perry. Today it is about how Perry has used his position as chairman of the Republican Governors Association to steer millions raised by that group and laundering it somewhat to put into his own coffers, mostly to shield the fat cat donors for whom Perry has then granted favors as Texas governor.

  3. I’m with you, jeff – Michelle Bachmann was not joking. I was doing my ususal masochistic television watching this morning with Scarborough and company and they were really sure she was joking because “people were laughing”. Hell, if that were the criteria for joking, all of the Republicans should be doing stand up.

  4. By the way I’ve been following various polling stations and paying attention to past election trends and I found myself coming to a realization. One that polls are way more inaccurate than what I previously thought and that they’ve steadily been losing accuracy over time. Lets see Obama was supposed to make a small but insignificant win yet won the white house by a near landslide. Harry Reid was supposed to lose his seat against Sharon Angle, yet kept his seat. In Hawaii for governor Rasmussen had the republican trailing by 15 points but it turned out the democrat won a smashing victory by over 40 points.

    In the end I’ve realized polls have been losing their accuracy, why I’m not sure but I can only guess that part of the problem is that they’ve become more and more corporate owned. You have to research the poll in question to find out whose funding it, how they conduct their polling and other methods that they use. Anyway that’s just my 2 cents on the issue. This isn’t to say that Obama’s approval ratings aren’t alarming but I am also thinking that disapproval vs approval is pretty vague, aka how disapproval/angry/strongly, etc are they compared to lets say the house?

  5. I agree with both of you that she wasn’t joking…I actually think she is as slick as a Fox, she hit both crowds, the ones that believe it and the ones who laughed at it as a joke. Staci, why do you torture yourself with Morning Joe, I feel so much better and have a better outlook on the day when I avoid even seeing his “punch me” face. It’s the same reason I can’t read Jane Hamsher or Glenn Greenwald, I get physically sick. :)

  6. Not so much for the current Republican Party, they are out of their fucking minds – you’ve pretty much summed up the issue. I’m so tired of these people, I am growing short of words, thoughts and responses to their madness. I’ve summed this behavior up to mean spiritedness and unpatriotic. I don’t know how Eric Cantor sleeps at night.

  7. Jeff, you bring up a few valid points. I’ve often wondered how valid polls are and finally figured out that they are not valid. I’ve never been polled, ever. I found out that polls are conducted via telephone, landlines. Most young people who vote and whose opinion is most valid and important, don’t have landlines, we have mobiles. Who benefits from young people, Democrats. So I come to the conclusion that the President’s approval ratings are probably higher than what we are told. Until I get a phone call on my mobile asking me my opinion of the President, his policies and his re-election, I am not buying into polls.

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