At odds here where disaster relief spending is concerned is: 1) spending under the GOP House budget versus what the law dictates (see my post #6 for precise details), and 2) politics as usual.
Rep. Cantor said the following in the Politico.com article I linked to above (post #6):
By "that move," Cantor is referring to Sen. Reid attaching the increase in disaster spending to the Continuing Resolution (CR) bill. But not only has Cantor repeated his stance that disaster relief spending must be off-set by spending cuts, he's also stated that the defeat of the CR is a function of changing the culture in DC.No one wants to stand in the way of disaster money. There is nothing else besides politics that is going on with that move.
From this Politico.com article:
To that I say, it's a noble idea but where disaster relief is concerned how about spending in accordance with the law that was passed just last month? Again, see my post #6 for details.We are focused on trying to change the way business is done in Washington. Change like this is hard. We'll find a way forward so that we can reflect the expectations the taxpayers have that we're going to begin to start spending their money more prudently.
For those who support Rep. Cantor and the Tea Party (as well as all others who voted against this measure), the question you should be asking is:
"Was voting down the spending measure and standing by their priciples the right thing to do or should they have voted in accordance with the law?"
Last edited by Objective Voice; 09-22-11 at 05:08 PM.
I dont see Boehner as being anything more than just another partisan politician. Congress as a body is either going to have to commit to fiscal responsibility or the country will continue to spend itself into obblivion. Like the wars Bush engaged us in...you cant just ignore the cost...you have to PAY for things TODAY. The thought that both parties have, with complete disregard, saddled my grandchildren with debt they were too chicken **** to deal with flat out pisses me off. It should piss EVERYONE with children or grandchildren off. Thats not Monopoly money. Im glad the Tea PArty republicans stood their ground. I hope and pray more people on both parties end their idiotic partisan brain mapping and start doing the right things for the country. NOW.
After the House vote on Wednesday, Democrats immediately called on Republicans to scrap the cut to the energy program, which they said would cost thousands of jobs.
“This vote sent a clear message to Republicans: the American people want a bipartisan approach to running our government,” said the No. 2 House Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). “We should immediately pass disaster relief that meets the needs of our people and protect — not cut — programs proven to create jobs while we reduce the deficit. If Republican leaders bring a bill to the floor that honors the bipartisan agreement from August, they will find it has bipartisan support for passage.”
As stated previously, Tea Party Republicans along with Rep. Cantor are merely adherring to principle here. They're trying to stand behind fiscal conservatism based not on the 2011 Budget Control Act but rather by the House budget they've defined not under the guidelines set by Congress and signed into by the President.
I'll put it this way: If as a member of Congress you claim fidelity to the Constitution, by default it means you must also follow the laws passed by Congress and enacted by the President. You don't get to pick and choose which laws to follow or create your own parameters for same.
Last edited by Objective Voice; 09-22-11 at 05:26 PM.
I dont mind disaster relief spending provided that it is 1-what is required and 2-paid for.
so.... what i'm seeing here is... Democrats are willing to cut emergency relief spending if it means saving crony capitalism for the green industry?
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
Last edited by vvx; 09-22-11 at 09:54 PM.