Column: How the GOP counts on Democrats’ goodwill to conceal its own cruelty

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In a world where Republicans set political standards, one might expect migrants to be left in remote places with no hope and that funding for infrastructure construction and disaster relief is provided only to GOP-led communities. Will be done.

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We don’t live in that world because political and human balances exist for GOP policies.

“Republicans rely on their enemies not to retaliate with their rigid nihilism,” says political scientist Scott Lemieux of the University of Washington and Lawyers, Guns & Money Group Blog,


‘Washington is in the worst shape.’


– Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis despises Biden’s COVID relief aid, before bragging about spending it

The phenomenon has been clearly visible in recent days and weeks. Florida Republican politicians, including Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio have requested for federal disaster assistance in the wake of Hurricane Ian, while avoiding questions as to why they voted against similar aid for northeastern states affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. ,DeSantis voted against Sandy aid as a new congressman in 2013.)

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DeSantis and his fellow Republican governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona know undoubtedly that the pain they are causing defenseless migrants to fly and settle in other states will be limited as will mobilizing humanitarian agencies to care for migrants. Will – never mind that their jobs are complicated by a lack of notice from the DeSantis/Abbott/DuC travel agencies.

Politicians in red states that have enacted stricter anti-abortion laws may convince themselves that the burden on their female constituents is limited because patients seeking illegal reproductive health services can find them in other states, such as California.

Florida’s dire need for federal aid in Ian’s wake has put congressional representatives from that state on the spot, given their record of opposing federal disaster spending in the past, when it was needed by other regions.

Rubio, who was among 36 Republicans who voted against a $49 billion disaster relief package after Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast in 2012 but appealed for Hurricane Ian aid, claimed the Sandy package ” Loaded up”, tried to brush off the allegations of hypocrisy. with pork.

Appearing on CNNRubio cited “a museum in Washington, D.C. and a terrace for fisheries in Alaska that had nothing to do with disaster relief.”

To his credit, interviewer Dana Bash reported that Washington’s roof was damaged in the storm.

She could have gone further: The appropriation was for the roofs of several of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums that had been so damaged that the Smithsonian’s priceless collections were at risk.

Of the Alaska fisheries he noted specifically for Chinook salmon, six were coastal fisheries, for which failures were declared in 2012 due to natural disasters, According to the Congressional Research Service,

In other words, Rubio was just blowing smoke.

Rubio and other Florida Republicans, Including Scott and Rep. Matt GetzPaid lip service to his state in need of federal disaster aid — but failed to lift a finger to pass a short-term funding bill that would provide $15 million in short-term financing for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Scott and Getz both voted against the measure when it appeared in their chambers on September 29 and 30; Rubio didn’t bother to come for the roll call.

The MP was clear about his opposition: for him, it was about partisan politics.

In a September 19 letter, Gaetz and his House GOP colleagues promised to vote against the stopgap spending bill because it would serve the Biden administration’s agenda.Empowering authoritarian bureaucrats in agencies like the IRS and FBI … enforcing a COVID-19 mandate that closes schools and is putting our military service members out of their jobs, and advancing self-destructive energy policies. ,

The letter continued, “Any legislation that sets the stage for a ‘lame duck’ fight over government funding gives Democrats one last opportunity to pass that agenda.”

On behalf of the Senate, Scott joins his GOP allies Resolve to vote against stopgap spending plan “So that we do not enable the reckless progressive agenda of the Biden administration.”

Republicans undoubtedly know that if they had the power to retain these voting positions, it could be disastrous for them. A government shutdown can result, with homes running from coast to coast, aches and pains.

But there was no real risk because both houses had enough majorities to ensure the measures would pass – the House passed the 2013 Sandy aid package by a 241-180 vote and the Senate by a 62-32 vote. The House voted 220 to 201 to pass the stopgap funding measure last monthwith 10 Republicans in the majorityAnd Senate 72 to 25. VotedWith 16 Republican senators in the majority and three Republicans including Rubio not voting.

For disgruntled Republicans, these were free votes. They could walk around as warriors for financial responsibility, without the possibility that their posing would have any adverse consequences for which they could be blamed.

It is pertinent to see that legislators who voted against such funding bills are not above taking credit when the money comes to their states. For example, DeSantis called the $1.9-trillion US rescue plan, a Biden administration pandemic relief package, “Washington at its worst” And attributed it to high inflation.

However, in exiting, DeSantis bragged about a $400 million rural broadband project, which he said would be funded from the state budget. The money, in fact, came from the American rescue plan. (“Some people have no shame,” Biden reposted without mentioning DeSantis.)

as it happens, According to the Orlando SentinelFederal funding has been critical to the Florida state budget, helping to pay for programs such as increased water, road projects, broadband expansion, college training programs and “climate ‘resilience'” against tax cuts.

DeSantis, who finds himself in the unfamiliar position of a petitioner for federal funding that he has despised in the past, was remarkably defiant about the federal response to Hurricane Ian.

Appearing on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program on Thursday, DeSantis said he was “cautiously optimistic” That the Biden administration will come through with emergency aid. Actually, Biden had approved a declaration of emergency for the state. four days ago.

One can almost imagine DeSantis clenching his teeth over the need to treat Biden well; He may have mistook the current president for the former president, who was known to solicit expressions of personal allegiance from state and local officials in exchange for federal aid.

The truth that Biden would withhold aid to the people of Florida as his governor chooses to portray the president as some sort of socialist dictator was void. This is not Biden’s style, nor is it the style of a functioning federal government.

However, it’s a fair bet that as soon as their aid money is distributed, DeSantis and his fellow Republicans will go back to blasphemy Democrats in the form of inattentive spending, relying on their constituents’ short misses and gullibility. will do.

Natural and political alike, victims of disasters are fortunate that responsible and humane officials and agencies will continue to clean up the mess left behind by the demonstrative brutality of political opportunists.

They will get disaster aid where it is needed and humanitarian aid to artists who have gone astray because that is how humanitarianism is defined.

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