https://twitter.com/JasonBWhitman/status/336649396341051393

Don’t forget Vanity Fair contributor Kurt Eichenwald. He’s worried about the answer too.

We’re sure Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner is just asking out of curiosity if Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, who voted against the pork-stuffed Sandy relief bill, would demand that federal disaster aid sent to Oklahoma be offset by spending cuts elsewhere. Admit it: that was your first thought when you saw those images of utter devastation in Moore, Okla., right? Believe it or not, it was for quite a few, but they can relax.

Coburn wins points from the Left for being consistent on demanding that the relief money actually come from somewhere other than a printing press, but loses them for being concerned about money at such a delicate time.

We’ll have to wait and see on this one:

  • CR

    Maybe if the federal government focused on the things it was actually supposed to focus on instead of wasting money on:
    1. A war on poverty that has made people poorer.
    2. Welfare programs that encourage generational dependence.
    3. Public schools that make kids stupider the longer they spend in them.
    4. Head start programs that don’t work.
    5. A huge bureaucracy that spends much of its days targeting citizens it does not like

    There would be plenty of surplus money to respond to disaster.

    Also, if the federal government didn’t take on roles that it didn’t belong doing and people and individual states kept more of their own money instead of sending it to a huge central force for evil, then states would not need federal aid for disaster relief.

    I think it is ridiculous to be talking about any of this now, but I give Coburn credit for taking a consistent and principled stance, unlike so many in government who are willing to accept ever-rising debts that will crush us ALL as long as it benefits them personally.

    • http://twitter.com/MDMorris_1707 Michael Morris

      I was about to nitpick your use of “stupider” over “more stupid”, but I smartly looked it up first, and according to real dictionaries (read: not Websters) stupider is actually correct.

      Could you imagine if I hadn’t looked it up first? That would have been so embarrassing.

      PS. I thumbed you up.

      • Joe Mama

        I was about to nitpick your use of “acording” but I smartly did not have to look it up, “acording” is spelled “according”.

        • http://twitter.com/MDMorris_1707 Michael Morris

          Dang it. >_<

      • TexSizzle

        “Webster’s” can be hung on any dictionary by anybody, no matter how useless it is. While I won’t trust just any Webster’s, I do trust a Merriam-Webster.

        • http://twitter.com/MDMorris_1707 Michael Morris

          I don’t.

      • TexSizzle

        “Webster’s” can be hung on any dictionary by anybody, no matter how useless it is. While I won’t trust just any Webster’s, I do trust a Merriam-Webster.

  • http://WestValleyGreenHomes.com/ Eric Johnson

    Huh? Fed involvement is AFTER the disaster. Local and state handle first responder duties, immediate needs of survivors, and cleanup. Fed assistance helps pay bills on larger disasters.

  • twolaneflash

    This Borg Government has forced the traditional family, church, and community out of the roles of charity, social engineering, education, teaching of morals, and more. Perversion, irresponsibility, sloth, immorality, thuggery, and mooching off taxpayers are celebrated, rewarded, and encouraged behaviors. I have such low expectations of politicians and government employees anymore that it hardly seems possible for them to disappoint me, yet new record lows keep being set across the board. Freedom’s Winter is here.

  • V the K

    Do leftists just think Government money is magical? That it drops out of the sky from the butts of unicorns?

    • David Conroy

      wanna bet if this had been a terrorist attack linked to NK we would have the money to attack NK with no one asking for offsets or claiming we were having unicorns crap the money. somehow when its defense the money is always there.

      • CR

        I don’t think anyone is saying that the money is not there to help these people. I believe that what the senator would like to do is cut unnecessary and wasteful government spending in order to provide money for disaster relief so we do not go further into debt. Seems like the logical and prudent choice unless you are of the mind that when your car breaks down and you need repairs, you should just slap it on the visa bill instead of juggling the budget to try to pay for it.

        Defense is one of the actual functions that the federal government is supposed to be responsible for. (See enumerated powers Article I Section 8: “The Congress shall have Power to…. provide for the common defense.”) About 99.9 percent of the other crap the federal government does is not things that the federal government should be doing. (Again, that pesky Constitution lays this out pretty clearly: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” )

        • kenai

          Why can’t the offsets come from the money that the IRS, OSHA and the BATF spend to attack and harass conservative organizations?

          • wwbdinct

            We can start by cutting ALL bonuses for ALL government employees.

          • Minarchism Leads To Freedom

            We could do that…and on top of that we could let them pay for everything themselves. They decided to live in tornado ally and we should let them pay for their decision.

          • TexSizzle

            So whatever natural disasters happen where you live, you’re willing to pay for repairs yourself when they strike? If not, you’re a hypocrite.

          • Minarchism Leads To Freedom

            No, I have insurance…And I don’t believe that makes me a hypocrite.

          • TexSizzle

            So whatever natural disasters happen where you live, you’re willing to pay for repairs yourself when they strike? If not, you’re a hypocrite.

          • wwbdinct

            We can start by cutting ALL bonuses for ALL government employees.

        • Minarchism Leads To Freedom

          I’m not saying the moneys not there….I’m asking why they should get my money. I don’t live there. Why should I be forced to pay for them to be able to rebuild? (They decided to live in tornado alley, they should be prepared for these events)

          • Locked_and_Loaded

            I’ll say it: the money is not there. It’s been flung to the wind on every asinine program the Progressives can dream up. Well, we’ve got the fortitude and the resources to deal with it, and we sure don’t need mouthy turds standing around in the way, so stay where you are. Where is that, by the way? I’m sure interested to know what kind of federal subsidies you have been receiving.

          • Minarchism Leads To Freedom

            @Locked_and_Loaded I’ll say it: the money is not there.

            And still the tax man keeps coming…

            @Locked_and_Loaded Well, we’ve got the fortitude and the resources to deal with it

            Bravo, I salute you. (Hopefully the people you elected feel the same)

            @Locked_and_Loaded and we sure don’t need mouthy turds standing around in the way

            Mouthy turd!? Is that really necessary? (And where did you got the idea that I was going anywhere near there? That would be ludicrous….They don’t need people, they need money. I beg everybody to give to Red Cross, and the like, to help these people in their hour of need)

            @Locked_and_Loaded I’m sure interested to know what kind of federal subsidies you have been receiving.

            Why, does bad behavior justify more bad behavior? Would it undermine what I’m saying?

      • digitalPimple

        Yes David. If another country threatens all of it’s citizens and is a threat large enough to hinder our economy, prosperity or general welfare going forward than there will be war with funds allocated to that need. Those funds will also be managed and offset where possible. Without our economy and security in tact there is no more funds. Duh…

        That is the reality of our current financial state. It’s amazing and unseemly what you must do as an adult when you willfully place yourself in this situation. Stop complaining and whining to the people trying to avoid further problems and go bug the people who caused this.

        FYI – Just like Sandy, my guess they will pass an emergency bill to get the immediate emergency $ needs met to stabilize the situation. The larger offset debates will be about payouts to come a year or more later just like Sandy. Wise up before trying desperately to equivocate everything and think a little bit.

        And be sure to vote for Obama again you moron.

      • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

        You mean like when DEMOCRATS Woodrow Wilson and FDR/Truman spent all that money in two world wars?

        Then there was Korea and Vietnam.

    • CR

      No. They think it comes from the productive people, about whom they do not care since the productive people vote republican.

    • Liars Never Win

      That’s the return address on EBT cards and welfare checks. I can understand their confusion.

      1 Unicorn Butt Plaza
      USA

    • Liars Never Win

      That’s the return address on EBT cards and welfare checks. I can understand their confusion.

      1 Unicorn Butt Plaza
      USA

    • Stone Bryson

      Silly V… real unicorns don’t fly. Pegasus’ do, however…

      Yes, I know you were making a serious point, but that visual made me burst out laughing.

    • dagnytaggart

      Yes. Ask any liberal “how are we going to pay for this?” and the answer will be that the money isn’t important, what’s important is “what kind of society do you want to live in, one that helps people? or one that let’s them die.”

      • V the K

        ^^^^^ So much this ^^^^^^
        That is every policy argument I have ever had with a liberal in one sentence.

  • ElizCM

    So… libs ask if he will request budget offsets. He says yes. Libs attack him for being worried about money at a time like this… #liberallogic

  • geronl

    I say we defund the administrations war on conservatives to pay for this.

    • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

      And ObamaCare.

  • geronl

    I say we defund the administrations war on conservatives to pay for this.

  • TomJB

    So from just a few threads here at Twitchy, we can clearly demonstrate the Progressive playbook:

    1 – Disaster strikes
    2 – Wonder if Mr X (R) is going to do Y like he did a previous time when they didn’t like it
    3 – Mr X (R) does exactly what they claim he won’t
    4 – Blame Mr X (R) as a heartless bastard for doing Y

    In this case, substitute Sen Colburn for Mr X, and offsets for disaster relief for Y

  • TomJB

    So from just a few threads here at Twitchy, we can clearly demonstrate the Progressive playbook:

    1 – Disaster strikes
    2 – Wonder if Mr X (R) is going to do Y like he did a previous time when they didn’t like it
    3 – Mr X (R) does exactly what they claim he won’t
    4 – Blame Mr X (R) as a heartless bastard for doing Y

    In this case, substitute Sen Colburn for Mr X, and offsets for disaster relief for Y

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    “And again, I ask the question: Will tea partiers call for offsets to pay for relief to tornado states? Or do they now understand tragedy?”

    Will Kurt Eichenwald write out checks for this? Or does he not understand generosity?

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to Mr. Kurt Eichenwald:

    Explain to me how we are going to send millions, perhaps billions of dollars of Federal Aid to a state when the country is TRILLIONS of dollars in debt?

    And NO! You can’t just “Print more money”!!!

  • $27789750

    Take the money from EPA and HHS. They only waste theirs anyway.

  • Minarchism Leads To Freedom

    Federal aid? What, these people didn’t know they live in tornado ally?

  • geronl

    Stop paying Nidal Hassan, cut back on Obamacations, end the fascist domestic war on dissidents…. and we can offset this cost