Coburn wants offsets for Oklahoma tornado aid

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    Senator Coburn of Oklahoma is demanding other budget cuts to offset the cost of federal disaster aid to his constituents after yesterday's devastation. At least he is consistent as he had the same stance after Hurricane Sandy and other disasters.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/0...urn-91659.html

    How about cutting this congressman's farm subsidies.He apparently is the second most heavily subsidized farmer in Congress.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/201...peoples-money/
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    Citizens pay taxes for exactly this type of government response.
    Cut corporate subsidies if necessary to remain supportive of the health and the welfare of the people.
    It is that easy.
    It is what the constitution requires.
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    So I suppose some other low income group of Americans will have to suffer because someone else had a disaster? I doubt it's going to be any industry getting a subsidy they don't need? I suppose I need to see how FEMA budgets are budgeted for.
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    Perhaps they could cut welfare benefits that the Democrats want to give to illegal immigrants?

    Quote from StNeotser
    So I suppose some other low income group of Americans will have to suffer because someone else had a disaster? I doubt it's going to be any industry getting a subsidy they don't need? I suppose I need to see how FEMA budgets are budgeted for.
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    Quote from 22gawhitacre
    Perhaps they could cut welfare benefits that the Democrats want to give to illegal immigrants?
    We can start there if you like, but sort of like Romney balancing the budget on Big Bird, it is just a drop in the bucket...you will have to begin looking at the $$ we give to corporate citizens if the federal government is going to stay true to the commitment to preserving the health and welfare of the people.
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    Those drops in the bucket add up and most conservatives have no problem cutting corporate welfare out as well. But, I find that liberals loathe corporate welfare but think the GM bailout was a good thing, which will cost the taxpayers tens of billions of dollars.



    Quote from tewdles
    We can start there if you like, but sort of like Romney balancing the budget on Big Bird, it is just a drop in the bucket...you will have to begin looking at the $$ we give to corporate citizens if the federal government is going to stay true to the commitment to preserving the health and welfare of the people.
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    I believe that the federal government took action designed to protect millions of American jobs connected to the auto industry.
    Some don't agree with that objective as is evidenced by the refusal of our Congress to provide any legislation focused on increasing jobs.
    Last edit by tewdles on May 22, '13 : Reason: punctuation
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    First there is no millions of jobs that were save the largest estimate is 1.14 million and even that is suspect. The idea that a normal bankruptcy would have cost everyone their job is ridiculous. GM would have reorganized and allowed to actually make cars instead of provider of employee and retiree benefits that just happens to make vehicles. Lets be honest the bailout was strictly to save the UAW and its workers period. One could make the same argument when the government bails out any industry such as banks that they are saving a million jobs. Congress does not create jobs that is the private sector and no jobs will be created under this administration because that is not their focus. Social justice just creates equal misery.

    Auto Bailout, David Littmann, GM, Chrysler [Michigan Capitol Confidential]

    GM Bailout Will Cost U.S. Taxpayers Billions - Investors.com

    Quote from tewdles
    I believe that the federal government took action designed to protect millions of American jobs connected to the auto industry.
    Some don't agree with that objective as is evidenced by the refusal of our Congress to provide any legislation focused on increasing jobs.
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    Closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, reportedly the most expensive prison in the world, could save over a million dollars a year.

    Guantanamo Camp Costs $900,000 A Year Per Inmate

    Yes another drop in the bucket. Perhaps that is why Republicans are blocking this too.
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    We could follow the lead of many employers cutting employee hours to avoid health insurance. Congress seems to be working only part-time; let's eliminate their health insurance and see how good it feels not to have government interfering with health care decisions.
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