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Cantor's devotion to Israel overshadows his duty to Joplin and America

Eric Cantor needs to make up his mind about which country he belongs to, and more importantly, which country he represents.

Cantor not only demands that Congress unilaterally approve the continued free gift of $10 Billion annually to Israel, he wants to INCREASE IT. Note to Congressman Scumbag: That $10 Billion IS NOT FUNDED. If you come up with penny-for-penny cuts in some of your Republican spending to offset that $10 Billion, *THEN* you can send it to Israel.

Cantor has even gone so far as to request that U.S. glad-handing of billions per year to Israel should be separated from all other U.S. foreign aid so that "Israel's money is protected from partisan politics."

Israel's money? Since when has Israel become ENTITLED to U.S. tax dollars, Cantor? I thought you are Mister Hard-Ass when it comes to opposing entitlements. Maybe you should check your yamaka at the door when going into the office to do the American people's business. You serve US, Cantor. You don't serve the leaders of the Israeli parliament. When it comes to U.S. tax dollars, there's no such things as "Israel's money."

Cantor says that the United States is "a bootstraps kind of country, and we do "pull our self up" by those bootstraps. That's why we've become the country we have become over the last nearly 235 years. It's when someone has no bootstraps that it's time to step in as the government and help."

So, apparently, Cantor believes that Israel has no bootstraps of its own and must rely on American welfare. Cantor still insists that a *minimum* of $10 Billion must continue flowing into Israel every year, without questions, without oversight, and without delay. But if Cantor wants it taken out of the federal foreign aid budget, how does he plan to pay for it?

Simple. Just as Cantor says about emergency disaster aid for Joplin, he should be forced to go find to-the-penny cuts in Republican spending to fund it.

Maybe he could start with the $382 Billion that Cantor's been whoring himself around the hill on behalf of his home-state Rolls Royce jet engine manufacturers. I'll refresh your memory, Mr. Cantor. I'm talking about that pet project of yours to blow $382 Billion on an alternative F-35 jet engine that the Defense Department has already vehemently said it doesn't want. You know ... the F-35 ... the new jet that supersedes the $945 Billion you approved to spend on building those 2,200 F-22 Raptor Jets that HAVE NEVER ONCE BEEN USED. (LINK - http://www.propublica.org/blog/item/in-libya-intervention-no-use-for-the-united-states-costly-much-touted-fight)

The $150-million-per aircraft F-22 "has not performed a single mission in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in 2008 that the jet was “principally for use against a near peer in a conflict." But so far, every single one of those $150 Million aircraft has sat in its hangar, unused, unwanted, but fully paid for.

But Cantor still wants more gimmes for Rolls Royce in Virginia.

I mean, haven't you already given enough gifts to Rolls Royce? You gave them a $35 million grant with payments of $5.5 million a year in 2014 and 2015 and $3 million annually between 2016 and 2023. You gave $6 million from Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine's “Opportunity Fund” to help pay for infrastructure around the Rolls Royce plant. You gave them $5 million for “spinoff development” from the new plant. You gave them $8.7 million for employee training. And you gave them $480 million to set up a training program at the University of Virginia so they wouldn't have to train their own new employees out of the Rolls Royce pocket.

Seriously, Cantor, how many blowjobs do you plan on giving to your Rolls Royce puppet masters?

And how is that $382,534,700,000 in "constituent aid" going to be paid for? Does Cantor plan to put it on the Chinese credit card that he's so vehemently against using to send one percent of that much to Joplin?

Let's not forget that this is the same Cantor who stamped his feet on the Senate floor back in May 2009, demanding that his pork requests for Virginia shouldn't even be questioned, let alone audited. Cantor told the Richmond Times Dispatch, "If there is one thing that I think all of us here on both sides of the political aisle from all parts of the region agree with, it's that we need to do all we can to promote jobs here in the Richmond area."

But then, in November 2010, when Congressional earmarks were front-page news, Cantor used his other face to say, "Earmarks have become a symbol of a dysfunctional Congress and serve as a fuel line for the culture of spending that has dominated Washington for too long. We must impose an immediate ban on earmarks. Washington has failed to prioritize the way that taxpayer dollars are spent, and shutting down the earmark process is a good first step to begin righting the ship.”

So, Cantor's way is: "Damn all earmarks! ... just not *MY* earmarks." The sure sign of a true piece of political garbage.

The people of Joplin, Missouri are obviously not all Jews, Cantor. But they are all Americans. And as cliché as it sounds, they pay your salary. You are duty and honor-bound to pay them back.

And if that's not to your liking, then move your hypocritical carcass to Israel and try denying funds for maintenance of the Wailing Wall.

Posted by Gary St. Lawrence at May 26, 2011 5:04 PM
Comments
Comment #323583

Amen brother Amen.

Posted by: Jeff at May 26, 2011 8:31 PM
Comment #323590

Ok Gary lets cut off all aid to other countries not just Israel. How about the 3 billion us tax payers gave to some science research place that was recieving money to build a robot to fold clothes or watch a shrimp on a tread mill. You single out Cantor for being a heartless idiot, but what about the other 535 heartless idiots in congress and their pet projects.

Posted by: KAP at May 26, 2011 10:51 PM
Comment #323592

I think KAP needs to reread the post it’s you can’t have it both ways.

Posted by: Jeff at May 27, 2011 12:35 AM
Comment #323598

Well KAP, the “other 535 heartless idiots in Congress” aren’t declaring that they will block federal disaster aid to Joplin unless Democrats find a line-item way to fund it while simultaneously burying their tongues in Netenyahu’s anus trying to give him even MORE U.S. tax dollars than Israel already receives.

In fact, the “other 535 heartless idiots in Congress” are calling Cantor an a**hole and rapidly distancing themselves from the pure-partisan-political grandstanding he’s doing on the subject.

Jeff’s right; you do need to re-read my post because you clearly missed the point.

But I will agree with you on one point: I wouldn’t have the slightest hesitation or upset if America ceased and desisted every dime of all foreign aid tomorrow.

Posted by: Gary St. Lawrence at May 27, 2011 2:01 AM
Comment #323604

KAP-
Congratulations. You’ve cut foreign aid. Now what do you do about the 99.84% other percent of the budget?

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at May 27, 2011 9:09 AM
Comment #323610

That’s the point you complain about giving aid to one of our most important and only real friend we have in the middle east but don’t say squat about aid to others. Granted Cantor was the only one vocal about it, I agree Gary, I wouldn’t be upset about ceaseing foreign aid. The need to cut spending is a 2 party problem. Democrats and Republicans alike need to look at what each needs to cut in the way of unnecessary spending. Also this country needs to set up a rainy day fund so when disasters of the magnitude that are happening this year alone can be funded. Some states have rainy day funds and a federal fund could offset what the states can’t. The same happened when one senator asked how we were going to fund an extension of unemployment benefits and that was just a year or two ago. We all know this country is in debt up to it’s ears and borrowing more is not the answer. There was an outcry for the Ryan budget plan which would cut medicare for those under 55 but we forget that the Democrats when they passed Obama care already threw granny over the cliff with 500 billion in medicare cuts when it becomes law. I feel for those people in Joplin just as I feel for the people along the Mississippi River who have lost homes and land through flooding and hurricane season is comming. I agree with Cantor on one point and that is we need to cut spending in some areas if we are going to give aid to these people, even if it takes cutting foreign aid and that would be the first place to cut.

Posted by: KAP at May 27, 2011 10:59 AM
Comment #323618

Obama giving 20 billiop to arab spring. How about 20 billion to Joplin and the Mississippi flood victims. Where’s the outrage from the left on that?

Posted by: KAP at May 27, 2011 1:23 PM
Comment #323619


Indonesia, Katrina, Japan, Joplin.

Recovery from natural disasters is a problem that will intensify in the future. It will require an ever greater portion of human wealth.

Leaving out the possibility of increased occurrence and intensity of natural storms due to global warming; the more humans there are on the planet, the more humans that are going to be affected adversely by natural disasters. The same is true for rebuilding ever more costly infrastructure.

The cost of recovering from the above mentioned natural disasters would have been less in 1950 and would be much more in 2050.

Posted by: jlw at May 27, 2011 1:40 PM
Comment #323620

Obama admin. approves 34 million for 6 Fannie and Freddie execs. MORE OUTRAGE.

Posted by: KAP at May 27, 2011 2:19 PM
Comment #323647

KAP, if you’re so righteously indignant about corruption, greed and fraud throughout government, why is it that the only complaints you post are about Obama, Democrats and “the left”?

Not every conversation is a soap box for you to jump upon to spew your right-wing faux-supremacy crap.

Democrat and Republican politicians in this country EQUALLY SUCK. There isn’t an honest or truthful person in the entire lot.

And your constant preaching about how much worse the left is than the right just shows your ignorance, or your partisan favoritism, one or the other.

Maybe you should read my post from yesterday about the University of Maryland study which proves that watching Fox News makes you stupid.

Posted by: Gary St. Lawrence at May 29, 2011 2:18 AM
Comment #323651

I take it GSL you haven’t read some of my post in the other columns, I trash both parties and blame them both for the mess we are in. When one person trashes a single person for being vocal about the rising deficit you complain but then Obama and others are willing to add to it you have no problem with that.

Posted by: KAP at May 29, 2011 9:21 AM
Comment #323653


A group of Republican Congressional members, led by Ron Paul, is trying to kill funding for a foreign aid package which provides funds for treatment and prevention of A.I.D.S. in Africa. This Bush program has had significant success and it was supported by nearly all, including most Evangelical Christian groups.

In other news, the Republican Congress has passed it’s version of the defence bill, which includes a back-door fund which allows members of Congress to funnel millions of tax dollars into pork projects in their districts.

When it comes to pork, where there is a will, there is a way.

Posted by: jlw at May 29, 2011 9:28 AM
Comment #323655

jlw, I’m sure the Democrats have done the same thing especially when they had control of both houses, but then again they didn’t have to hide it they just openly did it.

Posted by: KAP at May 29, 2011 9:43 AM
Comment #323670

KAP-

Overall, both Blunt and his Democratic counterpart in the senate, Claire McCaskill, praised the federal response to the disaster. McCaskill lauded the decision by the federal government to quickly declare Joplin a federal disaster zone, enabling residents to immediately begin receiving federal aid.

“Usually it takes a couple of days to get that declaration,” she said.

On Thursday a number of state and federal agency representatives were on hand at a public meeting in Joplin to meet with victims one-on-one to begin guiding them through the process of filing disaster relief claims. Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday also signed an executive order to waive fees for re-obtaining new government issued IDs and other documents.

In addition to trained rescuers on the ground, more than 7,000 volunteers from across the state and nation have descended on Joplin to aid in the recovery effort. As of Thursday, 232 people were still unaccounted for after the storm.

This is the irony and stupidity of what Cantor is doing.

The Republican’s way of doing policy is self-destructive for our nation. You wouldn’t see Democrats shutting down a government to get concessions they wanted from the Republicans. You wouldn’t see a Democratic majority putting our nation’s full faith and credit in question, like the Republicans are doing right now. You would definitely not see them refuse aid to communities struck down by disaster, all to show how fiscally prudent they are.

Republicans are willing to take a chainsaw to the other priorities of this country to deal with that one priority, and the irony is, with all the economic damage they do, they’ll probably just make the fiscal problem worse, if not unsolveable, if they manage to screw things up on the debt limit.

I didn’t use to mind divided government. But that was back in the day when we could actually see Republicans compromising with anybody else. This nation wasn’t designed so that one party in power could shut everybody else’s interests out. President Obama has recognized that from the start, compromising with the Republicans time and again, despite the flack he got. But Republicans have never met him halfway, instead opting to starve the Obama administration of any kind of achievements, and making those he does get like pulling teeth. And what, to preserve conservative principles? Many of those programs were the brainchildren of the Right, back when they had a reasonable policy arm to the party, and not just an operation that catered to the abstract, ivory-tower concerns of political extremists and showboaters.

What got me more involved in politics, and in blogging in general, was the fact that the Bush Administration was forsaking practical policies, so they could avoid political embarrassment or not admit that the failure of their political positions to be vindicated.

This nation doesn’t need people in office who are so inflexible, politically and practically speaking, that they will only take care of this nation’s needs, if they can do it consistently with their political views.

And before you start with the rhetoric, yes, we need to take care of the deficit and the debt. But we still have to run a country in the meantime. If the measures we take impoverish and diminish our nation, then what’s their point?

American needs and deserves better than what it’s currently getting out of both parties, but most particularly from the Republicans. Democrats, at the very least, hold no ideological opposition to taking care of business when it comes to government. They’ll do what they have to do, and figure out a way to pay for it. That’s what we did with Healthcare Reform. We didn’t leave a huge bill unpaid, like the Republicans did with their Medicare changes, because of some ideological opposition to raising the revenue necessary to pay for it. We were responsible. Republicans prefaced their return to power by demanding the government give up what was projected to be hundreds of billions in additional revenue, and nothing they’ve done since has even made up for that.

Republicans and folks on the right have promised Americans many things, and at the end of decades of their rise and dominance, most of those promises are broken, and theories are discredited. But the ideology is so radioactively opposed to admitting its weaknesses or errors, that it provokes meltdowns in the governing of this nation, rather than backing down from their cherished notions of how the government and policy should be run.

I’m sick of it. Is country first more than just a slogan? We need to take care of business, first and foremost. Then we can indulge our preferences for how things should work.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at May 30, 2011 10:46 AM
Comment #323671

Come on Stephen, Obama pledging 20 billion to Arab Spring and 34 million to fannie and freddie execs to me is a bigger waste then what Cantor is doing even though with the shape this country is in IMO all foreign aid should cease until we get our house in order. There is tons of unnecessary spending that can cut. To start with all the grants that science gets to study shrimp on a tread mill and robots that fold cloths, just 2 examples and there are probably a billion dollars more of this stupidity going on that could be funneled to the tornado, flood and soon to be hurricane victims. Yes America needs better than what it is getting from both parties but unlike you there are no psrticulars we just need better from both and I think we need to fire the whole lot.

Posted by: KAP at May 30, 2011 11:25 AM
Comment #323673


Beginning an immediate withdraw of troops from Iraq and Western Europe, and withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan A.S.A.P. will save this country more than either party is proposing to cut.

Posted by: jlw at May 30, 2011 12:34 PM
Comment #323674

You know that ain’t going to happen anytime soon jlw. I don’t know about Europe but the other 2 yes.

Posted by: KAP at May 30, 2011 1:23 PM
Comment #323677

“I don’t know about Europe but the other 2 yes.”

KAP, why not Europe?

Posted by: Rich at May 30, 2011 3:21 PM
Comment #323678

Why not Asia? Rich. Because we need to have a stratigic presence somewhere.

Posted by: KAP at May 30, 2011 3:26 PM
Comment #323697

KAP,

Western Europe is a greater threat or more strategic than the Middle East?

Posted by: Rich at May 30, 2011 8:13 PM
Comment #323703

Rich, Was I specfic of where that strategic presence is to be? No I was Not. That is for the Military Brass and the CNC to determine.

Posted by: KAP at May 30, 2011 9:19 PM
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