On Sunday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) reiterated his position that disaster relief funds for the tornado victims in Joplin, Missouri must be balanced with tax cuts for the wealthy,” Cantor said on CBS’ Face the Nation.
“We live in a country where everyone is equal,” Cantor said. “We are all going through tough times and we should not be singling out people just because their lives have been decimated by an act of nature. If we’re going to hand over 100s of thousands of dollars to tornado victims, that needs to be offset by more tax cuts for the wealthy. It’s only fair.”
The House Republican leader is the first to push for tax cuts for the wealthy as a stimulation for aid related to the disaster that has already claimed over 100 lives. Democrats slammed the Republican leader, saying it amounted to “ransom.”
Rep. Billy Long, who represents the district impacted by the disaster, said Tuesday that he is pushing for federal emergency funding.
“Shock and disbelief best describe the reports from those fortunate enough to have survived the tornado in Joplin,” Mr. Long said in statement after touring the disaster area. “It is comforting to see the strong response from our local, state, and federal authorities and to see the surrounding communities come together and offer assistance during this difficult time.”
Right-wingers responded to Long’s comments with claims of “socialism” and warnings of “big government.”
“It’s time we got rid of the nanny-state,” ranted one right-winger who wasn’t affected by the tornadoes.
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