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Paul Ryan  speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011.
Paul "No hurricane relief for you" Ryan
The confluence of soon-to-be Hurricane Isaac, the anniversary of Katrina, and the Republican National Convention is a big problem for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, not just because of the optics of having a big, lavish red-white-and-blue party while the Gulf Coast gets hammered again. It's also because of the recent history of Republicans to cut the agencies that deal with predicting and responding to natural disasters to the bone.

But more specifically, vice-president-nominee-to-be Paul Ryan tried to cut a new disaster aid program championed by President Obama that "budgets help for victims of hurricanes, tornadoes and floods before they occur."

It's a system that Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee-to-be for vice president, had hoped to scrap as a way to make his House GOP budget look smaller by about $10 billion a year. Politely, party elders told him no way, at least for now.

The Obama administration was the driving force behind the new disaster funding scheme and made it part of last summer's hard-fought budget pact. [...]

Months after agreeing to the new regime, Republican leaders still had to turn to procedural maneuvers to orchestrate passage of $8.8 billion in disaster money in keeping with the agreement. Ryan, the House Budget Committee's chairman, was among 66 Republicans opposing the measure.

Ryan saw that money has a handy $10 billion he could use to further cook the numbers in his sham budget, as well as an opportunity to further decimate federal budgets. If that dedicated $10 billion wasn't there, then disaster aid would have to come from cutting in other areas. Almost unbelievably, Republican leadership realized what a political loser Ryan's plan would be, and nixed it. Who's going to be the check on Paul Ryan if he becomes vice president? Romney? Fat chance.

No aid to hurricane and tornado victims. That's what Republicans are celebrating in Tampa this week.

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    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 08:06:30 AM PDT

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    Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

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    a bigger tax break.

    Ryan is a hostage taker.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
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    by polecat on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 08:33:18 AM PDT

  •  We must not let up on this for a moment (3+ / 0-)

    As I've said before, here in Oklahoma, where some rural counties are still recovering from the "wild fires" of summer, the same people who happily call themselves "Obama haters," are now screaming bloody murder because some of the affected counties have been turned down for federal disaster assistance. Yes, these are the same people who demanded our GOP governor return the money she initially accepted to set up the ACA exchange.

    They apparently had no complaints that our governor took two weeks to get the state's request to FEMA, but got all jacked up when ONE week passed and the response hadn't come.

    The country with the largest number of homes and businesses destroyed was approved first. Then, a few counties with smaller numbers of losses were turned down and all hell broke loose. They claim to believe that the denial is poliltically motivated because Oklahoma's electoral votes went to McCain.

    This being a state with a high state tax rate, we have a substantial "rainy day" fun and just added more than $21 million to it last week, so it's probably hard to show that the structures destroyed met the federal requirement of exceeding the state and local resources, although 85% of thoses with losses claim to be UNinsured. Of course, the Red Cross was on the scene arranging temporary housing and funds for donations were established locally, some of them matched dollar-for-dollar by local philanthropists. Nevertheless, the small-government Obama haters are furious.

    BTW, this is one of those "red states" that gets $1.35 in federal money for every $1.00 paid in. I just wish FEMA could set up a special number for these people to call with a recording: "You have reached FEMA. We're sorry we can't help you. We have drowned in the bath tub."

    Eliminate tax breaks that stimulate the offshoring of jobs.

    by RJDixon74135 on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 09:26:25 AM PDT

  •  Duluth Minnesota had a major flood this summer (1+ / 0-)
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    The flood was a once in 100 year rain storm. Many of the damaged houses and businesses sat literally 200- 700 vertical feet above Lake Superior. The raging creeks and rivers overflowed their banks and ran down streets, flooding businesses and houses.

    This flood teaches that disaster can fall anywhere.

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    Eliminate tax breaks that stimulate the offshoring of jobs.

    by RJDixon74135 on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 09:56:54 AM PDT

  •  Jindal: We need more socialist FEMA funds (0+ / 0-)
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who has criticized Barack Obama for excessive federal spending, said the president isn’t providing enough funding to cover the costs of Tropical Storm Isaac.[...]

    The president’s declaration doesn’t provide for reimbursement of state expenses and Obama’s order provides only for “direct federal assistance,” Jindal wrote.

    http://www.businessweek.com/...

    It sounds like Jindal is trying to get free stuff, instead of pulling his state budget up by its boot straps and taking care of this without federal interference.

    The choice of our lifetime: Mitt Romney, It Takes A Pillage or President Barack Obama, Forward Together.

    by FiredUpInCA on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 10:27:29 AM PDT

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    RIGHT NOW - This should be front and center.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics" - F.D.R.

    by biscobosco on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 11:01:32 AM PDT

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