As my 72-year-old friend (now 73) @42bkdodgr said yesterday, “Rep. Cantor, start acting like a ‘mensch’ and stop being a ‘putz’”. He's asking the impossible:
Rep. Eric Cantor has proven again he doesn’t live in the real world. Following the earthquake on the east coast, where the epicenter was in Rep. Cantor’s Congressional district, he assured his constituents that Congress “will find the monies” to assist earthquake victims in his district.
Their was one caveat, that “those monies will be offset with appropriate savings or cost cutting elsewhere”. Rep. Cantor basically said the same thing regarding funds that will be needed, resulting from damages caused by hurricane Irene.
So in time of need, Rep. Cantor is willing to hold emergency disaster relief funds hostage unless cost cutting is also done.
Seems Eric Cantor is a bundle of contradictions, or as I like to call him, "Hypocridiot-O'-The-Day. Via First Read:
Now, Sam Stein at Huffington Post points out that, in 2004, Cantor actually voted against a bill that would have done exactly what he's now calling for:
"[A] bemused Democratic source notes that in October 2004, Cantor voted against an amendment to an emergency supplemental bill for disaster aid that would have "fully offset" the cost of that supplemental with "a proportional reduction of FY05 discretionary funding" elsewhere. Funding for defense, homeland security, and veterans was exempted from the proposed cuts. But the amendment, introduced by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), would do precisely what Republican leadership is proposing to do now."
Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring chalks it up to the ballooning national debt for the apparent change of heart.... "We are living in different times."
And Eric is living on Planet Nice Try.