Republicans may be trying to focus their messaging on jobs and the economy — and hammering President Barack Obama for campaigning — but they still have time for some red meat base-baiting on the House floor.
To wit: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (Va.) decision to bring to the floor a measure that “reaffirms ‘In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the United States and supports and encourages the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions,” according to the resolution, sponsored by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.).
The resolution is one of three measures being considered by the House on Tuesday and is nonbinding.
Cantor’s office declined to comment for this story.
Whether you’re Christian or Jewish, God makes a pretty clear case against selfish ambition and hypocrisy in both testaments of the Bible.
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Clownsville)
Remember Cain, the first man born on Earth? Cain was cursed by the Lord for killing his brother, but Cain’s first sin (one always leads to another) was selfish ambition. While his brother, Abel, sacrificed the first-born of his flock, Cain offered only defiled fruit (the assumption being that he kept the good shit – probably the chocolate-covered strawberries – for himself.)
In The Gospel According to John, when the scribes and Pharisees brought to Jesus a woman who’d been accused of adultery, they cited the law of Moses, which commanded that such a woman be stoned. Jesus said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
The morals of these stories are self-explanatory, but for those who aren’t keeping up on their studies (I won’t name names…yet), they are straightforward warnings against selfish ambition and hypocrisy.
As millions of Americans remember those who were lost on September 11, 2001 and celebrate those who emerged from 9/11 as heroes — those who died trying to save the lives of their colleagues and friends, and the first responders who rushed to Ground Zero without hesitation — Eric Cantor has other plans.
On Friday, President Obama requested for $5.1 billion to provide disaster relief to those affected by recent hurricanes and earthquakes — in Eric Cantor’s home state of Virginia no less — including $500 million for FEMA. Eric Cantor’s response? He plans to insist on offsets for the $500 million in emergency funds.
Problem is, those offsets are massive cuts to first responders:
I LOVE that he went to Eric Cantor’s district first.
President Obama’s first stop on his “Take the American Jobs Act to the People AKA Pass this Shit” Tour (I just made that up… that might not actually be the official name) was Richmond, Virginia — Eric Cantor’s district.
(My favorite bit was Obama imploring the crowd to contact their Congresscritters, including “Send a carrier pigeon.” I love old-timey mail systems; In fact, I’m trying to bring back tin cans connected by strings1 — it’s got to be better than AT&T cellular service.)
After POTUS had already high-tailed it outta there, Eric Cantor finally showed up, and here’s what he had to say:
In a country that claims to be the greatest nation on earth, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Eric Cantor, shows once again why Republicans should be voted out of office with extreme prejudice. Having held the world’s economy hostage all summer long and caused more hardship for people while attempting to extract even more money from poor and middle class Americans, Eric Cantor and his Republicans have decided to continue their assault on the American people.
Even before Hurricane Irene came ashore, the Republican leader made it clear that they weren’t going to help any of those people who were sure to be affected by the hurricane — that they weren’t going to get shit from the government unless it comes out of the pockets of the rest of the working and poor people in our country. He made it quite clear on Fox News that Republicans don’t care about hurricane victims at all…
Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene this weekend, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today stood by his call that no more money be allocated for disaster relief unless it is offset by spending cuts elsewhere. The Washington Post reported this morning that FEMA will need more money than it currently has to deal with the storm’s aftermath and is already diverting funds from other recent disasters to deal with the hurricane, but Cantor’s comments suggest Republicans won’t authorize more funds without a fight.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said “if there is support for a supplemental, it would be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental.”
That’s right, Cantor, in an act of absurd callousness, wanted spending cuts to offset the hundreds of millions, if not billions, in tornado damage to the town. Natural disasters are a zero sum game, and I said this at the time:
Would Cantor be saying the same thing if a tornado or massive storm swept through VA-7 and the suburbs north of Richmond, causing billions of dollars of damage? Which would be a worse answer, that he wouldn’t expect spending cuts before helping his own district out…or that he would insist upon them?
Lawrence O’Donnell has been on fire as of late. Below is his latest on the debt ceiling shenannies.
Notably, he had the following to say:
Consider the lead editorial today in Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal. Normally a champion of the most ludicrous Republican policies and strategies… they have finally caught on to what they say today: “the President’s strategy all along: take the debt limit talks behind closed doors, make major spending cuts seem possible in the early days, but then hammer republicans publicly as the deadline nears for refusing to raise taxes on business and the rich.”
If the Republicans had a plan that they thought would work when they took the debt ceiling hostage, it could only have been the misguided expectation that when the moment came for the presidential decision in these discussion, Barack Obama would simply cave to the hostage takers’ demands. Ironically, others who shared that view as the possible outcome, here on the left side of our politics, have positions in the blogosphere and megaphones in which they have trumpeted their distrust of Barack Obama’s strength of character and his command of presidential power. As of tonight, the one person who we know is not panicking about what to do next is Barack Obama. Eric Cantor, however, has just described the meeting tonight at the White House this way to reporters. He, the president got very agitated, said that he had sat there long enough, that Ronald Reagan wouldn’t sit here like this, and that he’s reached the point that something’s got to give. a Democratic aide tells NBC, Cantor’s account of tonight’s meeting is completely overblown.