Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cantor: Joplin Tornado Relief Must Be Offset–But Not Tax Cuts For Billionaires

Speaking on “Face the Nation,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-KY) said that emergency funding for victims of the Joplin, Missouri, tornado must be offset by budget cuts. Watch:

Cantor: Congress will find the money, and it will be offset. …When a family is struck with tragedy -- like the family of Joplin ... let's say if they had $10,000 set aside to do something else with, to buy a new car ... and then they were struck with a sick member of the family or something, and needed to take that money to apply it to that, that's what they would do, because families don't have unlimited money. And, really, neither does the federal government.

In response, Rep. William Lacy (D-MO) said "Where is his heart? Where is his compassion for people who are suffering today? If they want to fight and quibble over the supplemental, I mean, they are heartless. What's wrong with them? Nothing for the average American community. That's what they're saying: we don't have anything for the average American community. (h/t: Huffington Post)

Cantor drives a hard bargain against the interests of the average American family, those who have to decide between a car or health care. He's much more lenient, though, when it comes to the wealthiest segments of the country. He fought to extend Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires at a cost of $800 billion. In that case, Cantor didn’t insist that the cuts be offset. In fact, Cantor acknowledged that such cuts increase the deficit or “dig the hole deeper.”

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