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In Republican Resistance To Hurricane Relief, A Stink Of Hypocrisy -- And Worse

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: republicans, congress, dishonesty, ethics, corruption )

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The Tea Party Republicans in Congress would offer various excuses for their hostility to Sandy relief, from budgetary constraints to far-right ideology.Those who voted no hail from states that have benefited from all kinds of federal relief over the past.

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Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 3:02 pm
Thanks Carrie. This actually leaves me so angry that I am speechless.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 4:44 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. Looks like this issue has split the GOP. Wonder if any more will be popping up.....

Pamylle G (461)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 5:01 pm
Truly disgusting ! Can you imagine having NO HEAT right now ?

But even here on C2 I noticed tea-bagger Carol D. posted an article on the supposedly "bloated" aid proposed for relief. I guess compassion is one of those things such people wish to "conserve" for the few - while claiming to be good Christians. Grrr....

Carol H (229)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 6:06 pm
I despise the GOP

John B (185)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 7:28 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article by Joe Conason. The TeaParty and the GOP's hypocrisy reeks of selfishness. Caring about themselves is all they think about and that will continue to be the case until we throw them out of office in 2014. Read and noted.


Jason S (50)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:17 pm
Good posting, thanks

Susanne R (235)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 12:14 am
Just one more example of the selfishness and lack of compassion of the tea party members. I can't wait until they're all voted out of office. At the rate they're going, they might be gone at the end of their current terms. Even mainstream Republicans are sick of them.

Giana Peranio - Paz (398)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 12:37 am
Selfish and uncaring.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 1:18 am

Louise D (44)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 2:03 am
The contempt the Tea Party / Republicans have shown to the American people is beyond belief, the mantra of pure selfishness shows in harsh perspective that the toxic nature of the Republican group think is totally incompatible in the political arena, I do wonder what the Conservative trolls will be posting usually the standard personal attacks and BS we come to know as fairly bog standard hypocrisy, hell some of them don't even read the article.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:45 am
Noted. Thanks.

DORIS L (61)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 10:44 am
Selfish A-holes. Their "reasoning" makes no sense and defies reality.

David Menard (43)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 12:38 pm
My contempt for the Tbagg GOP puss bags is infinite.

Felix P (94)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 12:57 pm
Teabaggers want spendings cuts and budgetary constraints, great. Cut all federal subsidies to States to "par", i.e. they get $1 in Federal money for every $1 sent to DC. That means the Teabag block in AL, SC, AR, MI, LA, KT, OK, etc, etc, etc, will be reduced from factors of 1.4 to 1.9 to 1 and the rest of the taxpayers in other states will stop supporting these hypocrites and leeches.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 1:14 pm
We have a major revenue and intelligence problem.

Roni Jo Patterson (4)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 4:02 pm
News flash: People are getting fed up with the Baggers and their nonsense. Finally.

jan b (5)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 4:17 pm
We have catastrophic after another, fires, tornados, hurricanes and people can't afford to buy property insurance The loss of income, property.... it's time the GOP stops thinking about helping the 1 or 2% of our population ...they really--honestly don't need the HELP.

Suzanne O (33)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 6:22 pm
No one is more angry than I am as a New Jersey resident. Yes, it stinks. I do agree with the point that anything unrelated to Sandy never should have been in there. I also strongly feel that the measures passed nearly 70 days after the fact should have been addressed and passed within the first week of this disaster.

There is a lot more need out there and more to come on this. People call your reps on our behalf. I know I personally have spoken to just about every rep out there in every state.

Now that the immediate need for individuals (families) has finally been addressed, go after the bloat in this next round.

However, do not deny your fellow citizens the same relief that any other state or country that we help in disaster situations has received. We ask for nothing more than anyone else has received. I can assure you this storm was a disaster and still is a disaster for this region. Devastation and not only on our shorelines but in our cities, our suburbs, our rural areas. 85% of New Jersey saw damage. That area encompasses millions of people, families, businesses.

I truly believe much of this is because of who we are in this part of the world and some people just don't like it or give a damn.

What was endured the night of the storm and the weeks after were tremendous. Surreal. What we endured after that being basically told we don't matter made it only that much more tragic.

reft h (66)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:20 pm
was shocked to hear about their opposition to disaster relief. Just can't understand the lack of compassion.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:57 pm
It's always the ones who are getting the most who are the most opposed to anyone else getting anything. And it does look uglier against the backdrop of disaster. But really, it's always ugly.

James Maynard (84)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 8:37 pm
The 112th Congress and it's inept leader should
simply resign (especially if they were reelected)
and hang their heads in shame.

Esther Z (94)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 9:16 pm
It's beyond shameful! Here are the 67 House Repugs who voted against the bill:

Justin Amash (R-MI)
Andy Barr (R-KY)
Dan Benishek (R-MI)
Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI)
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)
Mo Brooks (R-AL)
Paul Broun (R-GA)
Steve Chabot (R-OH)
Doug Collins (R-GA)
Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Steve Daines (R-MT)
Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)
Sean Duffy (R-WI)
Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
Jimmy Duncan (R-TN)
Stephen Fincher (R-TN)
John Fleming (R-LA)
Bill Flores (R-TX)
Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Trent Franks (R-AZ)
Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
Trey Gowdy (R-SC)
Tom Graves (R-GA)
Sam Graves (R-MO)
Andrew Harris (R-MD)
George Holding (R-NC)
Richard Hudson (R-NC)
Tim Huelskamp (R-KS)
Randy Hultgren (R-IL)
Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
Jim Jordan (R-OH)
Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
Thomas Massie (R-KY)
Tom McClintock (R-CA)
Mark Meadows (R-NC)
Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)
Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)
Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)
Steven Palazzo (R-MI)
Steve Pearce (R-NM)
Scott Perry (R-PA)
Tom Petri (R-WI)
Mike Pompeo (R-KS)
Tom Price (R-GA)
Phil Roe (R-TN)
Todd Rokita (R-IN)
Keith Rothfus (R-PA)
Ed Royce (R-CA)
Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Matt Salmon (R-AZ)
David Schweikert (R-AZ)
Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)
Mac Thornberry (R-TX)
Randy Weber (R-TX)
Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)
Roger Williams (R-TX)
Joe Wilson (R-SC)
Rob Woodall (R-GA)
Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
Ted Yoho (R-FL)

I wonder what excuse Paul Ryan will give for his vote if he runs again, for president or vp, in 2016?


Carrie B (306)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 9:37 pm
A green star and much more to you Esther!

Suzanne O (33)
Monday January 7, 2013, 5:41 am
I have that list as well Esther and am planning on contacting them. You can't tell from your list but what I found interesting was some of the reps from certain states that voted no. The entire republican delegation from Kansas voted no.

I guess we ain't in Kansas anymore.

I am willing to bet they enjoy a great deal of the federal tax money NJ sends their way regularly. I know they get a better return for their dollar. Maybe we need to start changing things up.

I encourage any of you, especially if these are your reps to speak up on behalf of your fellow Americans.

Deborah W (6)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:40 am
The partial-pass of money went directly for Sandy's benefit ... did you happen to notice that the remaining funds include some years-down-the-road items and add-ons that benefit Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hollywood? Get a full picture before going ballistic!

Everyone's piling on for their own interests (idea being let no crisis go to waste) ... screw Sandy's needs. Believe once reviewed instead of blindly signed and then sifting through the small print (as Pelosi does), remaining funds approved can then go for the specific benefit of Sandy's relief only.

Why can't someone with necessary knowledge begin a nationwide petition for single-issue bills, reviewed and passed within a month and not down the pipe for years when they're no longer relevant (and public information available on who voted and how), require a 5-day work week of Congress who works for us and has better salary/benefits etc. for fewer hours.

We have a vested interest in keeping this nation great and not allowing it to become just another country among many - AmeriKa.

paul m (93)
Monday January 7, 2013, 7:24 am

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