Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Harvey and the GOP = Excellent Timing

President* Donald Trump is promising billions to help Texas rebuild from Harvey-caused epic flooding, but his Republican allies in the House are looking at cutting almost $1 billion from disaster accounts to help finance the president’s border wall.

The pending reduction to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief account is part of a massive spending bill that the House is scheduled to consider next week when lawmakers return from their August recess. The $876 million cut, which is included in the 1,305-page measure’s homeland security section, pays for roughly half the cost of Trump’s down payment on the U.S.-Mexico border wall that the president repeatedly promised Mexico would finance.
"Heartless" doesn't even begin to cover the ground with regard to Paul the Zombie-Eyed Granny-Starver and the rest of his caucus of humanity-deficient robots. They are despicable.

Meanwhile, Cruz is busily defending his lies about why he opposed disaster funding in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Now-VP Pence was a leader in using emergency disaster relief bills as a vehicle to cut programs he despised. It has never been about helping people cope with a disaster for those birds; it's always about not letting a crisis go to waste when it can be used as a hook to get to their goals.

And what the fuck, Texas? Are you surprised that people other than Southerners can nurse a grudge? Of course the people affected by Sandy haven't forgotten what your congresscritters said and did. New Yorkers are not shy about such things. The difference is that, while they'll remind the Texans about what sort of evil inhuman trolls that Texans sent (and have continued to send) to Congress, the New Yorkers won't follow the old political rule of "I'll do unto you like you did unto me." Even though, politically, they'd be justified in doing so, because payback is part of the game.

For the New York and New Jersey delegations are made up of people who can empathize with human suffering and work to ensure that the Federal government helps in recovering from a severe natural disaster. Unlike, say, the congressmen and senators from Texas.

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