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Saturday, August 27, 2011
The Republican austerity budget includes severe cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which tracks hurricanes like Irene, forecasting their path and intensity, to inform citizens of danger and help emergency response teams plan ahead. These cuts would delay by years the construction and launch of an extreme weather forecasting satellite.
Republican Presidential Candidate and darling of the market libertarian ideologue set, Ron Paul slammed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and said that no national response to Hurricane Irene is necessary. "We should be like 1900," he declared.
Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia is demanding that any federal disaster relief in response to Hurricane Irene be matched by spending cuts, dollar for dollar. His Republican Governor has declared Virginia a disaster area.
As I repeatedly remind you: Wherever government is meant to be of by and for the people, to be anti-government always means to be against the people. Whenever a right wing politician declares all government wasteful, criminal, and corrupt you should pay close attention, because he is announcing his plans. And anti-tax zealots are the ones who think that civilization is the only free lunch.