GOP's Sandy vote shameful

How sad it is when congressional Republicans from Georgia feel satisfied to deny help to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Thousands of these victims in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are homeless and in need of shelter and the minimum needs of family life. What is it with Tom Price, Rob Woodall, Doug Collins, Tom Graves and, of course Paul Broun that they see a political advantage to themselves when they voted “no” to give the victims in a cold climate nothing and to fend for themselves?

How desperate these Republicans must be to enjoy seeing aching faces and shivering folks, and to purposely deny them government funds because they live in a different part of the country. How arrogant the Georgia Republicans are when long-term Republicans such as U.S. Rep. Peter King from New York, Gov. Chris Christie from New Jersey and representatives from Connecticut just about got on their knees pleading with their colleagues to vote “yes” for emergency funds but to no avail. How ashamed the folks in Georgia must feel to be pointed out as not wanting to help their brethren.

Fortunately, Georgia Democrats such as U.S. Rep. John Barrow and a lone Republican, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, voted to help these victims along with the majority of the House of Representatives to pass the legislation. Oh yes, the Republicans will claim that the bill had pork for other areas and it wasn’t a “clean bill.” There are few “clean” bills that are passed, and that is no excuse for denying the highest priority for Americans – that is a good life and a secure household.

We live in times with storms, floods and tornadoes increasingly striking our cities no matter how large or how small, whether in the North or South. The Georgia Republicans have set a terrible example for us in Georgia because, sooner or later, we too will suffer the ravages of nature and have to appeal for government aid. Who then will vote “yes”?

(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

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