Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Obviously it's different because this time it's OUR state

I don't like to spend too much time pointing out examples of Republican hypocrisy because it's so common that there just isn't very much sport in it, but this takes bald-faced duplicity to a whole new level.  Senator James Inhofe and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma both voted against federal relief funds for victims of hurricane Sandy.  But of course they're all for federal money for victims of the Oklahoma tornado.  Because, well, it's Oklahoma, and Oklahoma is totally more deserving of federal relief money than New Jersey is.

Oh, Coburn is insisting that the money for Oklahoma disaster relief be offset by cuts elsewhere in the federal budget.  So... because he's going to take the money for his state away from someone else, that makes it OK?  Do these people ever stop to think about what they're saying?

Oh, and Inhofe is the Senate's foremost climate change denier.

Let's take stock, shall we?  Senator James Inhofe wants to 1) not do anything about climate change (because he thinks anthropological climate change is a hoax) 2) deny federal disaster relief to victims of extreme weather events unless 3) those victims happen to be in his home state.  And senator Coburn pretty much feels the same way except that in addition he wants to make sure that the money comes out of someone else's pocket.

It is taking all the self control I can muster not to render into words my feelings about these two senators and all of the citizens of the great state of Oklahoma who voted for them.  But were I to succumb to the temptation, at least one of those words would begin with the letters F and U.

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