by Max Brantley
The New York Times reports on Pennsylvania flood victims unhappy that FEMA disaster aid is running low and replenishment is threatened by Congress.
More accurately, disaster aid is threatened by Tea Party Republicans, who are holding disaster victims hostage to their desired budget cuts. It could just as easily be something else besides government programs they don't like. Next, maybe they'll hold flood victims hostage to tax cuts, because we all know cutting taxes increases government revenue and wealth, right? It's worked like a charm the last decade.
It's Pennsylvania in this story, but it could just as easily be Arkansas after a flood or tornado. Ask Rick Crawford, Steve Womack and Tim Griffin the next time you see them how they justify holding disaster victims hostage to their budget whims. Also ask them why they didn't call for George Bush to make budget cuts or tax increases to go to war. Was that paid for?