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Tom Coburn Will Save The Children By Not Saving Them (Or Something)

May 22, 2013

Tommy got some religionNatural disasters are for the most part unpredictable. We know there will be some every year, but we have no way of knowing where they will hit and how large each event’s impact will be. This is why the Federal budget doesn’t contain a finite allowance for natural disaster relief. This is also one reason why demanding spending offsets elsewhere in exchange for disaster relief funds is nothing more than political bullshit.

Ah, there’s no time like the aftermath of a devastating emergency to look for budget cuts! (It’s called compassion, or something.) In the wake of a horrifying EF5 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma on Monday, the people of that state find themselves watching the amazing spectacle of having their elected representatives calling for a round of horse trading over budget cuts before sending any financial assistance to tornado victims.

In fact, Senator Tom Coburn may not support an aid package in any event.

“I think anytime we do an emergency supplemental bill, I believe we ought to pay for it. It’s hard to equate when you’re wasting at least $200 billion a year on fraud, duplication and waste in the federal government, that we would go and borrow more money rather than fix the waste. I’ve always had that position, it doesn’t matter where it is, and Oklahomans basically have that position.”

Coburn said donations to nonprofits, aid from the private sector, and work and financial assistance provided by the Federal Emergency Management Association were sufficient to cover the needs of those affected by the tornado. [The Hill]

It’s just like with health care — we don’t need no stinking gubmint, charity is the answer! But what about the children?!? (You say.) Tom Coburn says “bah”.

“The very kids that were rescued from the school, the very kids we’re interested in — why should we saddle them when we’re wasting money?”

“It’s just not an appropriate way to run the future for our children,” he added.

So to summarize: Tom Coburn thinks tornado victims don’t even need an aid package because they’ll be just fine with charitable handouts and their bootstraps; and in any case, he will definitely not be voting for any aid package without offsets from other government programs; and also he is doing this for the children. Thank goodness this nutbag will be leaving office in 2016.

His colleague, Senator James Inhofe (of  “global warming is a hoax” fame) does appear to want federal relief for his constituents, despite his vote against relief for Hurricane Sandy victims a few short months ago. But, you know, that was different. (Totally not hypocritical!)

“That [Sandy aid bill] was totally different,” Inhofe told MSNBC. “That was supposed to be in New Jersey; they had things in the Virgin Islands, they were fixing roads there. They were putting roofs on houses in Washington, D.C. Everyone was getting in and exploiting the tragedy that took place. That won’t happen in Oklahoma.”

You’ll have to excuse Inhofe, a firm non-believer in science, for not understanding that hurricanes tend to hit more than one area.  At any rate, this seems to suggest that Inhofe, unlike Coburn, may support relief for Oklahoma even without offsets. But we shall see. Personally, I can’t wait to see Coburn voting against disaster aid for his state. #popcorn

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2013 11:45 am

    Reblogged this on Leaning Left and commented:

    But yeah, we shouldn’t politicize a tragedy.

  2. E.A. Blair permalink
    May 22, 2013 2:56 pm

    Maybe Coburn can get the Koch Brothers to chip in.

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