Skip to comments.Why Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn doesn't want tornado relief money
Posted on 05/21/2013 3:36:16 PM PDT by redreno
Coburn is sticking to his fiscally conservative principles, even after a twister killed at least 24 of his constituents On Tuesday morning, emergency responders began dealing with the aftermath of a tornado that killed at least 24 people in Moore, Okla., and injured at least 140 more. The White House has announced that "the administration and FEMA stand ready to provide all available assistance in response to the severe weather."
However, one of the state's two Republican senators, Tom Coburn, wants to put a stipulation on that offer: No federal aid without corresponding federal budget cuts.
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Why is Senator Coburn acting like a fiscal conservative now, when he went full-on socialist in 2008? He decided that any stimulus/bail out/pork was good?
Its how lesser evil works.
Budget cuts are great. Using budget negotiations to delay assistance to people that genuinely need help isn’t going win any converts, though.
This isn’t the hill to die on.
That is the function of the State or the People.
Just say NO to Uncle Sugar and the strings attached.
He has always been a man of integrity....I am glad he is consistent
With all due respect to everybody who was in any way affected by the hurricane, the states have never amended the much-neglected Constitution to authorize Congress to tax and spend for relief purposes associated with natural disasters. But I think that such an amendment would be appropriate.
I am aware. But that’s not the way the system is set up at the moment.
The stand isn’t wrong. The feds shouldn’t be involved. But, the system is set up for fed involvement, and Oklahomans can’t really wait around for the ship to be righted.
This is not the hill to die on. Constitutionally, we’re not wrong. But, in public opinion ... we will lose. If we choose to stand and fight aide to people flattened by a tornado ... we will die on this hill. This isn’t a fight we can win right now.
Save the FEMA fight for another day.
Wasn’t Sandy’s relief full of unrelated spending?
Just heard the Mayor of Moore on NBC say that most of the people who live there in Moore work for the government, FEMA, FAA,....
In other words
Socialize acts of God.
This not only hurts his constituents but it gives canon fodder to the left to bash conservatives as uncaring and allows them to blame us every time a disaster like this strikes. And believe me they are out in force blaming conservatives and Republicans for the mess in Oklahoma.
Of course if the idiots in Washington would just address the waste, fraud, and abuse alone...we wouldn't need cuts of any kind. Much less cuts to our disaster relief programs.
Too many conservatives melt like butter in the Texas sun at the first sign of trouble.
All this government “help” is the reason people can’t take care of themselves.
I explained it over here. I’m left vulnerable because I can’t take precautionary measures due to the paralyzing effect of government.
Look at Haiti where government “cares” for everyone and everyone is impoverished because of it. Haitian farmers long ago gave up farming because they couldn’t compete with the free food coming in from abroad.
LOL! Regardless of what conservatives do, liberals are going to bash conservatives.
So we may as well do what is right and Constitutional.
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