republicans to tornado victims. no help from us but we will pray for you.

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Free Thinker, May 13, 2011.

  1. Republican Lawmakers Offer Disaster Victims Prayers, But Not Federal Aid


    WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers have been quick to rush to the assistance of disaster victims with that priceless commodity, prayer, but when it comes to tangible assets, they've been a bit less spirited.

    An email circulated by the office of Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Tex.) and obtained by The Huffington Post asked lawmakers to co-sponsor H. Res 254, a straightforward measure encouraging Congress and the American public to pray for the victims of the recent disasters in the United States.

    From the email sent out to congressional offices on Tuesday:

    Severe tornadoes and record amounts of flooding in the South, Southeast, and lower Midwest have taken hundreds of lives and caused thousands of injuries. Property damage could reach into the billions of dollars, uprooting entire communities throughout the region.
    The Southern Plains, lower Mississippi Valley, and Southwest have been experiencing the worst drought conditions in decades, leading to wildfires that have burned more than 2.2 million acres and caused massive losses in agricultural production. These wildfires have resulted in deaths, the destruction of homes and business, and severe financial hardship.

    Many communities have been devastated by these disasters, but have maintained a spirit of resiliency, hope, and faith. It is only appropriate that Congress and the American people come together in prayer for the victims of the disasters and their families, and for the fair weather conditions that these regions desperately need.


    The message was signed by Neugebauer, as well as Reps. Stevan Pearce (R-N.M.) and Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.).

    All three lawmakers voted for the House FY 2011 continuing resolution, which included significant cuts to funding for the federal response to weather, climate and natural disasters (The cuts were no longer in the bill by the time it went through the Senate and was signed by the President).

    For example,funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's state and local programs was slashed $783.3 million below FY 2010 levels. The FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program lost $35 million. The part of FEMA's budget for emergency food and shelter was cut $100 million, and Assistance to Firefighter Grants lost $510 million.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lost $454.3 million in the House's continuing resolution. In March, the agency warned that insufficient funds budgeted for its next generation of polar orbiting satellites could potentially weaken the accuracy of its weather forecasting, especially pertaining to severe events such as blizzards and hurricanes.

    The National Weather Service, which is part of NOAA, lost $126 million from FY 2010 levels in the House bill.

    "This is the congressional equivalent of having a mortgage lender take your house and then tell all his friends how bad he feels for you," said a Democratic operative who used to work in Congress. "The fact that these guys have no sense of irony or shame is just revolting."

    Neugebauer's office declined comment, and Pearce and Bachus did not respond.
     
  2. Free thinker, why do you pursue a one sided agenda? I have read some of your posts and you seem somewhat intelligent, so why do you pursue a one sided angle as if the side you pursure is all that exists?
     
  3. The way to deal with superstition is not to be polite to it, but to tackle it with all arms, and so rout it, cripple it, and make it forever infamous and ridiculous. Henry Louis Mencken

    besides it amuses me.

    now a question for you. do you find it ridiculous that they are praying for fair weather in arkansas and praying for rain in texas?

    " It is only appropriate that Congress and the American people come together in prayer for the victims of the disasters and their families, and for the fair weather conditions that these regions desperately need."

    "With Texas in the throes of a terrible drought and wildfires raging across the state, Gov. Rick Perry designated April 22 to April 24 (the Easter weekend) as official days of prayer for rain."
     
  4. And how would you feel if a bunch of catholics attacked you in this fashion?

     
  5. Sure..... but i dont feel the need to point it out every chance i get....

    Why does this anger you so much?
     
  6. i welcome the debate. i would first remind catholics that hypocrites who cover up rape of little children by their priests had better not get into debates with informed freethinkers who are not afraid to tell it like it is.
     
  7. i doesnt anger me. i dont get angry. i am very controlled emotionally. it does amuse me though.
     
  8. Is this actually the way your mind operates?
     
  9. Do you really believe the majority of spiritual people are in it to rape little boys?
     
  10. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    tinkerbell isn't open to debate. his intent in posting this stuff over and over again (biased, one-sided and often incorrectly slanted news articles he gets from left blogs) is to get a response - any response whatsoever. when you shine the light and point out inconsistencies in his/her argument, he/she often ignores the thread and starts a new one. he/she is the essence of a forum troll.
     
    #10     May 13, 2011