How can you NOT provide relief to Americans who have lost everything in natural disasters? I do not understand it. Places who have been completely devastated by tornadoes, such as Reading, KS, or Joplin, MO, or that have been hammered by hurricanes such as Irene, are dependant on federal relief to not only rebuild their cities, they need it to survive. How much worse would the Hurricane Katrina disaster have been without federal relief in the form of food and water? But what makes matters even worse for them is that FEMA is now demanding that Katrina victims pay back more than $600 million.
The most infuriating part of this GOP position is the hypocrisy. Look at GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the "front runner" according to most media outlets even though they largely ignore candidates such as Ron Paul. This clip was taken from a June 2011 debate, directly following the horrible tornadoes in Kansas, Missouri and Mississippi.
Congress needs to get its act together, and we as Americans should not tolerate this type of disregard of our fellow American. Regardless of your political affiliation or views, make your opinions known to those who represent you in the House and Senate. Don't let them forget those who are in need. They could be your brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, parents... or even yourself. You never know when and where the next natural disaster will hit.
If you don't speak your mind, somebody else will.