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Jan 10 2013

37 Republicans: Disaster Aid for Me, Not For Thee

ThinkProgress has a list of 37 Republicans in Congress who voted against federal aid for the areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy but demanded disaster aid for their own districts after previous events. The list includes Rep. Dan Benishek of Michigan, who wanted aid for his district when there was a spring freeze that hurt farmers. Here’s the list:

1. Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI): Endorsed emergency crop relief assistance after spring freezes.
2. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): Asked for disaster relief after flooding.
3. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL): Promoted relief funds after a tornado.
4. Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA): applauded FEMA flooding relief.
5. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH): Asked for disaster relief after storms.
6. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX): Asked President George W. Bush to approve disaster relief after storms caused flooding.

7. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN): Endorsed disaster funding after storms.
8. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI): Backed disaster funding after storms.
9. Rep. John Duncan (R-TN): Asked for a disaster declaration after storms caused flooding.
10. Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN): Endorsed disaster tax relief and touted available disaster relief funds.
11. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-TX): Endorsed President George W. Bush’s disaster declaration and its resulting USDA crop freezing relief.
12. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): Pushed for a Bush administration disaster declaration to include more counties after Hurricane Ike.
13. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA): Endorsed drought relief emergency crop assistance.
14. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ): Asked the Forest Service for immediate relief after floods.
15. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO): Begged for a disaster declaration after flooding.
16. Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD): Backed USDA emergency relief during a drought.
17. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL): Requested emergency drought relief from the USDA.
18. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS): Supported disaster declaration after storms.
19. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH): Asked for a disaster declaration after storms.
20. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO): Asked for disaster support amid wildfires.
21. Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX): Asked for disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Hermine.
22. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC): Personally took an SBA loan as part of a disaster relief program.
23. Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX): Blasted FEMA for denying a disaster relief request after wildfires and pushed for USDA disaster relief for farmers.
24. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS): Backed emergency funds for Katrina cleanup.
25. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM): Pushed the Bush administration to declare a disaster after Hurricane Dolly.
26. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI): Applauded disaster declaration during a drought.
27. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS): Encouraged constituents to apply for USDA assistance during drought.
28. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA): Called for FEMA disaster relief after tornadoes.
29. Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN): Urged a disaster declaration after tornadoes.
30. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN): Backed a request for disaster relief after flooding.
31. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA): Called for USDA and SBA relief after fires.
32. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI): Backed a disaster declaration after flooding.
33. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI): Backed disaster relief after flooding.
34. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN):Backed a request for disaster relief after flooding.
35. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX): Blasted the denial of a disaster declaration amid Texas wildfires.
36. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC): Endorsed USDA drought relief.
37. Rep. Robert Woodall (R-GA): Requested a disaster declaration from USDA amid drought.

Reminds me of all those Republicans who wrote letters asking for stimulus bill funding for their own district because that funding would create so many jobs and then turned around and claimed that the bill didn’t create any jobs at all.

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  1. 1
    steve oberski

    then turned around and claimed that the bill didn’t create any jobs at all.

    Could be true. Perhaps by the time the aid money filtered down through their hands and the rest of the pork machine the trickle left for aid was of no consequence.

  2. 2
    Michael Heath

    Dan Benishek is a tea bagger. He replaced Bart Stupak, who was the Democrat who became infamous for supporting Obamacare but at a price.

    During 2009 and early-2010, Rep. Stupak led an anti-abortion right caucus in Democratic Representatives in the House. They lied about abortion funding provisions in Obamacare in hopes of creating new laws making access to abortion more restrictive. He willingly offered up on Chris Matthews’ show that he was merely following the orders of Catholic bishops (Stupak is a Catholic); while noting his disdain for other Catholic groups who weren’t part of the Catholic hierarchy, like the biggest nuns group who advoated for Obamacare “as is”.

    Ironically, Rep. Stupak and his immediate family was so egregiously threatened after voting for Obamacare by anti-abortion right activists, that a man and his son are now in prison for promising to paint the Mackinac Bridge in his district with his and his family members’ blood. (Stupak chose to retire and didn’t run in ’10).

    Rep. Benishek is a classic example of a tea bagger, with all the arguments one would expect from them while also using the typical set of denialist premises, e.g., tax cuts on the wealthy grows the economy and jobs, pro-coal and oil subsidies in spite of how dramatic climate change is in his district). His district now includes Traverse City, a somewhat liberal bastion, at least for northern Michigan. Hopefully that city can come up with a viable Democrat to challenge Benishek in ’14; the Democrats failed spectacularly in ’10 and ’12 to nominate a viable candidate and yet Benishek barely squeaked out a victory in ’12.

  3. 3
    Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    @steve oberski, #1:

    Well the Republican position is that government is useless and corrupt, and they’re going all out to demonstrate that.

  4. 4
    Pierce R. Butler

    Something’s not adding up here.

    There are no Florida or Louisiana politicians on that list of rogues and hypocrites.

    * Waves arms wildly * It does not compute!

  5. 5
    frog

    Hypocritical shits, every one of ‘em.

  6. 6
    bodie425

    I hate to admit it but Virginia Foxx is from North Carolina, not Texas. I wish she was from Texas.

  7. 7
    busterggi

    Who says that Repubes can’t get any lower?

    Give them a chance!

  8. 8
    baal

    Republicans are also notorious for wanting federal funds to work on diseases that their family members have. “other people? who are they and why should I care.”

  9. 9
    Didaktylos

    @#7 – When they reach the bottom of the hole, they start digging. Once they hit bedrock, they call for dynamite.

  10. 10
    Illuminata, Genie in the Beer Bottle

    I was just reading about a republican politician who changed his tune on ACA after he, himself, went through a stroke or something. He said that he recognized how much harder recovery would have been without the cushy benes he has.

    If only such self-awareness was contagious among repigs.

  11. 11
    democommie

    “If only such self-awareness was contagious among repigs.”

    I’d settle for the strokes being contagious among teabaggers. Then at least they would have a reason for their drooling.* And yes, I am something of a heartless fuck when I’m dealing with heartless fucks.

    * I am NOT INSULTING STROKE VICTIMS!!

  12. 12
    billdaniels

    I am surprised that most of them could read well enough to fill out the forms for the aid. Gohmert alone probably had 25 people help him spell “Louie Gohmert”.

    This is the same thinking of the anti-choice people who think it’s okay that their wife/mistress/daughter has one discreetly.

  13. 13
    williamsnedden

    11. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-TX)

    Although I’d gladly support her transfer, Virginia Foxx represents the 5th district in NC, not TX.

  14. 14
    Shawn Smith

    Jon Stewart used his second segment Tuesday night (1/8/2013) to nail Palazzo specifically. Nice to have a condensed list of the hypocrites.

    MH @2,
    When Rachel Maddow was profiling Bart Stupak during the ACA debate, she actually interviewed Ed about him. It’s probably in her show’s archives, if you’re interested.

  15. 15
    Chelydra

    For those who don’t know, Michigan lost nearly all of its cherry, apple, peach and other orchard crops in 2012 (Michigan produces nearly all the pie cherries in the U.S.). Record warm temperatures in March (in the 70s and 80s F) pushed the trees into growth five weeks early, and subsequent hard freezes killed the flower buds. Since they’re not one of the major subsidized crops, apparently you can’t purchase insurance for orchards.

  16. 16
    Michael Heath

    Shawn Smith writes:

    When Rachel Maddow was profiling Bart Stupak during the ACA debate, she actually interviewed Ed about him. It’s probably in her show’s archives, if you’re interested.

    I saw it. Over the course of many shows, Rachel Maddow’s representation of Bart Stupak was the worst journalism displayed by her that I’ve encountered. She both defamed him and did so on premises that high-information Michigan voters already knew to be false.

    The buffoon Chris Matthews actually got the scoop on Rep. Stupak’s motivations, which was his fealty to the Catholic hierarchy’s political agenda. One example of Ms. Maddow’s defamation of Rep. Stupak was repeatedly claiming Rep. Stupak was exploiting Obamcare to further his political career, one example being a run for governor in 2010. That was in spite of the fact he’d already started hinting he was leaving office at the end of his term. Her imaginings of his motivations were expressed without any reporting noting any evidence. In fact by the time Ms. Maddow had started her dishonest character attack on Rep. Stupak, he’d already decided and announced he was also not going to run for governor in 2010, plus a Democrat running as a notably anti-choice candidate would have gravely harmed his chance to win office making even her imaginings ignorant to the dynamics of Michigan politics.

    I think Rachel Maddow’s enormously talented with great aptitude though I rarely watch her anymore (I rarely watch TV news except for Fareed Zakaria and Anderson Cooper). Her arguments are too narrowly crafted and favor a partisan agenda; where I despise badly crafted arguments. Perhaps someday she’ll become seasoned and emotionally mature enough to attract me; I hope so because again, she’s got great aptitude.

  17. 17
    Michael Heath

    Chelydra writes:

    For those who don’t know, Michigan lost nearly all of its cherry, apple, peach and other orchard crops in 2012 (Michigan produces nearly all the pie cherries in the U.S.). Record warm temperatures in March (in the 70s and 80s F) pushed the trees into growth five weeks early, and subsequent hard freezes killed the flower buds. Since they’re not one of the major subsidized crops, apparently you can’t purchase insurance for orchards.

    I live in the area hit with this heat wave. Here is how extreme it was. In my town of Gaylord, MI, our record highs for the days the heat wave hit in March were previously in the high fifties. Early March is still winter for us here, Spring comes in mid-April, e.g., golf courses open in late-April after the snow is gone. These new record highs were 20+ degrees over the previous record highs; let me repeat that the records were over 20 degrees higher than the previous records.

    However grapes were not harmed in the subsequent frosts that hit after this heat wave. The long hot dry summer led to one of the best years ever for our wine industry, which is located in the Traverse City / Grand Traverse area – particularly Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau County. (There is a jug wine area in SW Michigan, the Traverse area wineries are focused on crafting good wines.)

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