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This reality has been stewing in my brain for the past several days but I could no longer internalize my outrage and frustration: Out of the 5-man Wisconsin Tea Party Congressional delegation in Washington, NONE of them voted in favor of providing relief funding for the states, municipalities, businesses, families and individuals devastated by Hurricane Sandy? That's right...ZERO. Not Paul Ryan, not Jim Sensenbrenner, not Tom Petri, and most certainly not Sean Duffy, who has absolutely no concept of what the ACTUAL "real world" is like for most people.  You know...a world full of people who don't whine to their constituents at Town Hall meetings about their constant personal "struggle" to get by on a $174,000 annual Congressional salary.

The week before Friday's House of Representatives vote passed by a 354-67 tally, Teabagging Senator Ron Johnson remained steadfast in his douchebaggery by voting to deny federal funding for Sandy's victims, as well.  (Oh, and in case you didn't know or hadn't guessed, all 67 members of the House to vote "No" to funding Hurricane Sandy flood relief were "Republicans.")  Then again, for all of the oxygen he wasted droning on about protecting regular Americans and their freedoms from the horrors of health care, our sociopathic "Shame in the Senate" wouldn't recognize a sense of compassion even if it offered him a shoulder to cry on after one of his colleagues verbally smacked him down for being such an ignorant and arrogant lout.

Congressman Reid Ribble couldn't even be bothered to cast a vote on the woefully insufficient $9.7 billion appropriation merely intended to fill in the gaps for flood insurance claims.  As Raw Story noted:

The $9.7 billion package passed Friday is intended to pay for flood insurance claims, but little else. Funding requests from New York, Connecticut and New Jersey alone add up to more than $83 billion.
But I guess I can forgive Ribble for his shameful indifference towards this vote...I mean, it's only people's lives that are at stake here.  Over $50 billion worth of additional relief, already passed by the U.S. Senate, have yet to be brought to the floor by John Boehner and his obstructionist Teahadists in the U.S. House of Representatives.  

New Dorp Beach, Staten Island December 30, 2012
Picture of New Dorp Beach, Staten Island, NY taken on December 30, 2012...exactly 2 months after Sandy first hit. Photo courtesy of Jenna Pope

Within days of Hurricane Katrina coming ashore in Louisiana in 2005, nearly $10 billion in disaster relief had been approved by Congress and approximately $50 billion was approved for disaster relief within ten days of Katrina ravaging the Gulf Coast. The long-awaited vote on relief funding for the victims of Hurricane Sandy didn't even take place in Congress until approximately TEN WEEKS after Sandy first came ashore on the East Coast. Of course, if Wisconsin were in dire need of federal funds for disaster relief following a drought, flood or tornado, you just know that these hypocritical weasels would be banging the podium and demanding money NOW, then bragging about it afterwards, as Paul Ryan did following the floods that ravaged the Midwest in the summer of 2008. (Hat tip to Kossack Jeff Simpson for bringing that to my attention.)

When natural disasters hit the United States, especially a disaster of the magnitude and cost of Superstorm Sandy, it should be a given that our country bands together to help those in harm's way, with their plethora of dire needs, as quickly and as thoroughly as humanly possible.  It is incumbent upon our elected officials to take their duties seriously and put their uncompromising ideologies aside in order to do what needs to be done for the sake of those affected by such tragedies. Sadly, yet predictably, Wisconsin's Congressional Republicans and many of their fellow Tea Partiers in Congress shirked their duties.  As John Nichols pointedly stated for "The Nation":

One of his few clearly defined responsibilities, one of the few clearly defined responsibilities of any House member, is “to provide for the general Welfare.” They swear an oath to do so. And, barely hours into the new Congress, Ryan and his compatriots rejected that oath and a fundamental premise of the Constitution it supports.

Remember these unconscionable actions the next time Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson or any of these other heartless bastards pretends they give a shit about everyday Americans, let alone the Wisconsinites they were elected to represent. Badgers they most certainly are NOT!  These cowardly Wisconsin Weasels may "represent" our great state at the federal level of government, but they are not representative of the heart of its citizens.  Shamefully, these individuals, along with Scott Walker, epitomize the present-day Republican "leadership" in Wisconsin and all of the incompetence and intolerance that comes along with their steaming pot o' Tea.  Grand Ol' Party, my ass.

Please follow and help support my friend and fellow Badger, Jenna Pope, and her fellow heroes at Occupy Sandy, Occupy Sandy Relief NJ and Occupy Sandy Relief NYC.  They have been providing direct boots-on-the ground relief, support, documentation  and far-reaching compassion for those affected by Sandy from Day One of the disaster. Their heroic round-the-clock efforts and continued advocacy to draw attention to those in need, especially in the most hard-hit areas, is a cause worth championing.  While much has been done, thus far, to assist the victims of Sandy, much is still needed for the relief effort and the region's recovery has a steep uphill climb ahead of it.  Let's keep those adversely affected by Superstorm Sandy in both minds and hearts.  Solidarity.

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For Jenna Pope's blog and photo documentation of her efforts on the front lines of the Hurricane Sandy relief effort go to:

You can also check out the Facebook pages for Jenna and the various Occupy Sandy groups by following the links in the above paragraph.

Occupy Sandy Bay Ridge Kitchen
Occupy Sandy Bay Ridge Kitchen, January 2013.  Photo courtesy of Jenna Pope.

Originally posted to Wisco Wherls on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:50 AM PST.

Also republished by Democracy Addicts, Madison Kossacks, and Badger State Progressive.

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  •  Ron Johnson is an embarrassment. (16+ / 0-)

    You can see David Koch's lips moving whenever Johnson talks to the press, which is not often. He might be the dumbest Senator to ever serve in Congress.

    "They are an entire cruise ship of evil clowns, these current Republicans"...concernedamerican

    by Giles Goat Boy on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:02:59 AM PST

    •  Worst.Senator.Ever. (11+ / 0-)

      Everytime the asshole opens his mouth, the bullshit and propaganda just come pouring out.  GGB, I guess at least we can take pride in the fact that we fell into his overtly-condescending (and implicitly bigoted) categorization of Wisconsin's "ignorant" electorate by voting for President Obama and Senator Tammy Baldwin (I love typing that by the way :)) in large numbers.  Then again, RonJohn only received 1.125 million votes in 2010, so he was just jealous over the approximately 1.6 million votes that Tammy received.  I will never be able to think back to the 2010 elections without horrifying flashbacks that our state had allowed Russ to lose and this windbag in.  The good thing for us...he will be matched up in a Presidential election when he runs again in 2016, with the high turnout and accompanying "ignorant" electorate that comes along with that.  He will be a one-term pony no doubt and Washington will thank us for his departure.

      For those who missed the link in the diary, Ron Johnson is Our Dumb Senator.

      •  WW - Provide for the General Welfare (0+ / 0-)

        is not a clearly defined responsibility for members of Congress, regardless of what John Nichols wrote. The meaning of the phrase "Provide for the General Welfare" has been a hotly debated topic since the drafting of the Constitution. Up until the 1930s the consensus was that the federal government should play a very limited role in funding programs regarding the health and welfare of its citizens and should focus on its enumerated powers, leaving health and welfare issues to the states. For many the term "Provide for the General Welfare" means do no harm, but not necessarily a call to positive action by the federal government. This debate continues, although the national political consensus has clearly shifted to a more active and robust central government. I think that the GOP members of Congress who voted against Sandy relief lack compassion, but to suggest that there is a clear "responsibility" by members of Congress isn't true. It depends on how you interpret the Constitution.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 11:08:23 AM PST

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  •  Guess we won't be getting any requests for (11+ / 0-)

    federal reimbursement for excessive local funds spent on snow removal in Wisconsin. Or in my republican held district either (Rokita). Or tornado recovery. Or flood damage repair.  Or crop loss due to drought damage. Good to know.

    •  Hey...that's rugged individualism, right?!? (4+ / 0-)

      They can only grandstand until the disasters hit their own communities.  Once their asses are on the line due to potential backlash, they finally break their ideological hold and clamor in favor of reimbursement and aid.  I'd suggest they find their hearts, but we know those don't even exist.

      Sorry to hear that you have one of the Unconscionable 67 representing your home district.  These jerks may get the funding they seek if and when disaster hits close to home, but I imagine they'll get an earful from the pols up in New York and New Jersey, again, and deservedly so.

  •  (G)as (O)r (P)etroleum, it's my party (3+ / 0-)

    and I'll drill if I want to. Very nice diary, Wisco.

    I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, alive as you and me.

    by plankbob on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:39:40 AM PST

  •  Nice job with this diary, Wisco! OLB hasn't gone (4+ / 0-)

    after Sen Johnson yet, but it might be time to do some messaging.

    •  When you decide to go after Our Dumb Sen... (0+ / 0-)

      ...please let me know, Noise, and I will emphatically join in.  If the Governer didn't exist, RonJohn would be a runaway for my most loathed politician.

      Thanks for the compliment, also!

  •  Candidates! (0+ / 0-)

    I want to see candidates lined up and champing (or chomping) at the bit to replace these chowderheads.  I know, I know, it is a little early, but I want to know that the second their terms are up, we have people with heart, conscience,  and something besides shit for brains ready to reclaim our state.  

    rant off

    You have a valid point.

    by vacilando on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 11:08:39 AM PST

    •  WI Congressional Districts have been Gerrymandered (2+ / 0-)
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      DownstateDemocrat, exterris

      The 2010 redistricting was done when Republicans had complete control of WI Legislature. All of the “new" districts, Congressional and Legislative, have been gerrymandered to greatly increase the likelihood a Republican will win most of the districts.

      The goals of the WI Republican redistricting plan was to:
      1) Create districts with more than 60% Republican voters
      2) Concentrate Democratic voters in as few districts as possible 3) Create districts that would not flip.

      Wisconsin now has a few districts that will always vote Democratic, but most of the districts will always vote Republican.

      There were 2 court cases against the Republican redistricting plan, but only 1 case was successful. The winning case involved 2 State Assembly (House) Districts in Milwaukee. The redistricting plan had gerrymandered the districts to limit the voting power of a growing Hispanic population in that area.  The losing court case attempted to prove that the entire state had been gerrymandered. When that case failed, then Wisconsin voters were stuck with the current districts.

      In 2012, Democratic candidates run against all of the Republican Congressmen, but the end result was that all of the Republican Congressman were re-elected.

      It is possible that the Democrats could win in these districts, but before that can happen the Democratic Party of Wisconsin has organize and campaign in a way they have never done before. The Democratic Party has to look beyond elections and move to a year round 72 county plan to win back Wisconsin seats in Congress and the Wi Legislature.

      "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

      by Sand Hill Crane on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 11:48:48 AM PST

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      •  That means getting rid of Mike Tate (0+ / 0-)

        ...and getting someone of the Howard Dean mold (obviously not Dean himself, as he's from Vermont) who can run a "72-county strategy" to be the new DPW chairperson.

        I don't know of anybody in Wisconsin who can run the DPW the way it should be: traveling across Wisconsin, building ties with local activists all over the state and pouring money into county-level and other local-level Democratic organizations.

        Progressive activist and lifelong resident of Vermilion County, Illinois IL-15/IL-SD-52/IL-HD-104

        by DownstateDemocrat on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 02:32:59 PM PST

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  •  WI has gotten Federal aid afterfloods and tornados (3+ / 0-)

    How can Wisconsin’s Republican members of Congress turn their backs on other states when they know their own state has gotten Federal aid in the past?

    Should we, the residents of Wisconsin, expect that after our next major disaster that our Republican members of Congress will also vote down Federal aid to help their own state and constituents?

    "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

    by Sand Hill Crane on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 11:11:18 AM PST

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