Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:10 PM
octoberlib (5,015 posts)
New York Rep: GOP Made Us ‘Go Around Like Third World Beggars’ For Sandy Aid
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) did not hesitate to attack his fellow House Republicans after they refused to hold a vote on providing disaster relief funds to states affected by Hurricane Sandy. After public shaming, the House finally passed a bare-bones aid package on January 4.
But King has not forgotten his colleagues who tried to block funds for the devastated regions of New York and New Jersey. On Friday morning, King recalled in a WOR-AM interview with Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) how he and the rest of the New York delegation were made to feel like “third world beggars”:
cited a New Jersey congressman who said on the floor that Congress now needs a “hypocrites conference” for those whose states received funding the past and now sought to deny the New York region what it was seeking.
“Quite frankly it’s going to be difficult going back and working with people you sit next to and whenever they were in need, we responded immediately,” he said. “Not one member of Congress ever voted against or said one word in opposition to aid going to other states when the money was needed. We were going around like third world beggars. At least they put us in that position.”
After House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) cancelled the Sandy vote at the last minute, King railed that Republicans had “put a knife in the back of New Yorkers.” Indeed, more than half of the 67 Republicans who voted against Sandy aid previously lobbied for disaster funding for their own states before turning on New York and New Jersey. In the interview, King raged against the injection of politics into a crisis that left his home state in shambles for over two months before Congressional action.
King went on to praise Cuomo’s passage of a tough gun regulation bill vehemently denounced by many Congressional Republicans.
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New York Rep: GOP Made Us ‘Go Around Like Third World Beggars’ For Sandy Aid (Original post)
Response to octoberlib (Original post)
Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:20 PM
tularetom (19,777 posts)
1. Maybe some eyes are beginning to open
Sorry, Rep. King, we only expedite disaster aid if you happen to live in Jesusland.
You really aren't in the club.
New York? You gotta be kidding.
Response to octoberlib (Original post)
Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:39 PM
1StrongBlackMan (17,576 posts)
3. Maybe King will ...
come to my liberal/conservative distinction:
The difference between Liberals and conservatives boils down to their respective core beliefs. Liberals believe that bad things happen to otherwise undeserving people, including themselves. So in order to protect themselves, they want and are willing to pay for a social safety net that will serve them (liberals), should the need arise. If, by chance and fortune, a liberal doesn't need the benefit, the Liberal doesn't cry because he/she knows, again, that bad things happen to otherwise undeserving people.
On the other hand, conservatives - firmly rooted in the "rugged individualist", "self-made man" American mythos. So in order to protect themselves, refuse to acknowledge that bad things happen to otherwise undeserving people ... They have to, because if they do, they would also have to acknowledge that their core belief of being "an island" is a myth ... they are subject to the same uncontrollable misfortune as less deserving people. This translates into a refusal to support and/or reluctance to pay for a system that they have convinced themselves they will not need.
Events like Sandy, and personal tradegies, that require assistance cut against the conservative world view; but rather than acknowledge it, and thereby, acknowledge their inability to control their world, they just deny that it is an issue that they must address.