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  1. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    The tornado damage near Oklahoma City is still being assessed and the death toll is expected to rise, but already Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says he will insist that any federal disaster aid be paid for with cuts elsewhere.
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    CQ Roll Call reporter Jennifer Scholtes wrote for CQ.com Monday evening that Coburn said he would “absolutely” demand offsets for any federal aid that Congress provides.
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    Scholtes points out that Coburn was one of 36 Republican senators who voted against disaster funding for Superstorm Sandy in January.
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    http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/coburn-wants-tornado-disaster-aid-to-be-offset/

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 1 year ago

    @Rad-ish

    You are either really ignorant or you just like to live outside of reality.

    As you know, Republicans were all for the Sandy Relief Bill but told the Dems that they can’t jam in a bunch of pork not related to Sandy into the bill or it would be vetoed.

    Of course the Dems didn’t care and loaded it up with pet projects in the Midwest and favors to donors on the West Oast.

  3. Caligulla

    Caligulla said, over 1 year ago

    @ConserveGov

    Most of the people who read this strip live well within the reality zone, excepting those who are reading it from within the beltway. That’s where reality has become seriously distorted.

  4. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 1 year ago

    @Caligulla

    Almost ALL such bills have been loaded up with pork in the past. In fact, it is we the voters that would turn out any of our representatives that did not at least try to get projects for the areas that such politicians actually serve, regardless of just where those representatives come from. THAT is the true reality of politics.


    That also does not mean that efforts should not be made to keep such pork within reasonable limits, nor does it mean that we as Americans should then not give disaster relief where it is needed without making conditions upon such relief. The total amount of such “pork” spending in such bills is less than usually about 1%, and even about 50% of that pork itself is at least somewhat justified. The real problem is that such Republicans from the red states do not want to see such disaster funding go to those blue states that are actually funding the government. It is a known fact that the red states are the real “takers” at the federal trough, and the blue states are the "makers’ funding the trough itself. For instance, Californians pay $1.00 to the federal treasury, and get back only some $0.78 in return in federal benefits, while that ratio is $1.00 dollar collected for over $2.00 dollars benefit for Mississippi. But, as a Californian, I do not begrudge this, nor do I begrudge flood disaster relief for such a state as Mississippi, as we are ALL American here in the USA. However, I do begrudge it when such Senators as these two from Oklahoma start to play even more political games with such relief than even the pork barrel politicians do themselves!!!

  5. Jeff H

    Jeff H said, over 1 year ago

    http://sequester.spoofteam.com/

  6. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 1 year ago

    @ConserveGov

    Oh, come on. That’s not even true, conservegov. Paying for damage to the Smithsonian’s roof (due to Hurricane Sandy) was one of the things that Coburn called “unrelated pork.” Really? Mitigation of future hurricane damage was called “pork.” Sorry, but the GOP opposed Sandy aid not because of any pork, but because it was money for blue states. They only want Federal money going to people who think the way they do, and screw the rest of America. Blue American pays the bills, Red America wants to make sure they’re the only ones to cash in.

  7. Zipi

    Zipi said, over 1 year ago

    If trillions were given to the weather service would they have been able to prevent or divert the tornado? The tornado warning system worked as it was designed to do. The problem was that this was an F5 tornado and it released more energy on Moore Oklahoma than the first atom bomb did on Japan.

  8. TheTruthHurts

    TheTruthHurts said, over 1 year ago

    @Omnius

    ? What part of the country DOSEN’T have natural disasters of some sort. Talk about STUPID. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, ‘Stupid is as Stupid does.’

  9. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @ConserveGov

    I only repeated what your little republican dough boy Coburn said, and then you call me ignorant.
    You are the one in denial and live outside of reality, like so many of you reactionaires, you don’t think, you just react.

  10. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 1 year ago

    @ConserveGov

    Okay, let’s focus on reality. THE SEQUESTER REDUCED THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. That’s what the cartoon is about. That isn’t pork. That saves lives — lots of them.
    But due to the “failure” here (caused by inadequate funding, remember, by political brinksmanship), some idiots in the GOP — there is no better word — want to cut the NWS entirely! On what grounds? It’s saved more lives than they can count.

  11. spyderred

    spyderred GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    And now the Republicans want to hold up relief for our citizens in Oklahoma unless “offsets” (meaning cuts in spending for things the Republicans don’t like such as health spending for poor women and an impartial news agency) are made. This when people have no homes, no food, only clothing they had on last Monday, and when the Republicans in question are well-fed participators in the public trough.

  12. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 1 year ago

    Some of us will remember that during Gov. Jindal’s reply to a State of the Union he acted as if the proposal for an early-warning system for volcanoes was the dumbest waste of money ever devised. (Of course, soon after, we had a volcano in Washington state start blowing stuff, which helped to solidify the position of the Republicans as the Party of Stupid). I’m afraid that some people believe that if a project doesn’t have as its main purpose the ability to kill people anywhere in the world, it has no value. I’d let them have their fun if it wasn’t so costly that we have to sacrifice important investments in our own country and in our own people in order to be able to wave our penises in a threatening manner.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @Zipi

    No one is talking about “trillions” of dollars for the Federal Weather Service. Can you keep it realistic?

  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Simple fact; Republicans, notably Inhofe and Coburn, have called for cuts to NOAA and other agencies studying climate change impacts, as well as causes, as well as eliminating those silly tsunami warning systems that don’t impact Oklahoma.

  15. sclark55

    sclark55 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    To this guy, spending cuts are as bad as a tornado.

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