The video below shows Rep. Pete King fuming about the GOP voting down a relief bill for victims of Hurricane Sandy, saying among other things (link):
"Turning your back on people who are starving and freezing is not a Republican value"
Shows how much he knows. Over the past few years, the GOP has given full license to sociopathic libertarian/Randroid concepts of every man for himself; the Tea Parties are a Lite version of that. In their mindsets, not turning your back on those in dire need is for freespending librul communists.
There might be good reasons to try to modify or vote down large spending bills, for instance if they're full of pork or if they're likely to encourage fraud. Whether that's the case here or not isn't relevant: many GOP leaders have little concern with good governance and what's best for the U.S.
King also said:
"These Republicans have no problem finding New York when they’re out raising millions of dollars... They’re in New York all the time filling their pockets with money from New Yorkers. I’m saying right now, anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to Congressional Republicans is out of their minds. Because what they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans. It was an absolute disgrace... We cannot be taken for granted anymore... [Sandy was the] first time in recent memory that you have a natural disaster and Congress 90 days later has done nothing. Every dollar was accounted for... All we’re saying is treat us the same everybody else has been treated... And why the Republican party has this bias against New York, bias against New Jersey, bias against the northeast? They wonder why they’re becoming a minority party? Why we’ll be the party of the permanent minority? What they did last night was so immoral, so disgraceful, so irresponsible. We’re supposed to be the party of family values, and you have families starving, families suffering, families spread all over living in substandard housing. This was a disgrace."
Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:17 · Importance: 4