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deminks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 07:17 AM
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Tornado Diplomacy

By Kathy Malloy

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is not a popular man these days. He disappointed supporters by his staunch support of the Ryan plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system, a move that is almost universally unpopular with Republicans and democrats. Then in a bizarre move that reveals a mean streak that rivals Ebeneezer Scrooge, Cantor suggested that any funds given to aid tornado victims must be offset first by cuts to social programs.

Jonathan Allen, writing in Politico today, said...

"While much of Joplin, Mo., is still under rubble from a devastating tornado, conservatives in Congress are starting to argue for a tougher approach to disaster aid, demanding that any funding be offset by cutting federal money elsewhere.

"Disasters will no longer be considered "emergencies" if conservatives win this battle to redefine the way Congress funds aid packages for states and cities stricken by natural and man-made catastrophes."

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Yes, THE Kathy Malloy!

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