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Sen. Coburn Plays Politics With Oklahoma Suffering And Death (Video)

Unbelievably, with over 51 confirmed dead and up to 40 more fatalities expected from Tuesday’s massive tornado in Oklahoma, the Republican Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn is unwilling to approve federal help for his own desperate constituents unless congress agrees to continue to starve the economy with more budget cuts.

Although we have come to expect just about anything from the Republican Party, seeing one of their elder statesman play politics with his own constituents during a state of emergency is a harsh reminder of just how extreme it has become.

Of course, not only do Republicans not care at all about their own constituents, they care even less about those of their peers. Sen. Coburn shamelessly voted against federal disaster relief aid for the millions of Americans affected by Hurricane Sandy, a package that was eventually passes by mostly Democratic votes.

In a December press release, Coburn complained that the Sandy Relief bill contained “wasteful spending,” and identified a series of items he objected to, including “$12.9 billion for future disaster mitigation activities and studies.”

On Monday evening Coburn’s spokesman John Hart confirmed that the senator will seek to ensure that any additional funding for tornado disaster relief in Oklahoma be offset by cuts to federal spending elsewhere in the budget. “That’s always been his position [to offset disaster aid],” Hart said. “He supported offsets to the bill funding the OKC bombing recovery effort.” Those offsets were achieved in 1995 by tapping federal funds that had not yet been appropriated.

In 2011, both senators opposed legislation that would have granted necessary funding for FEMA when the agency was set to run out of money. Sending the funds to FEMA would have been “unconscionable,” Coburn said at the time.

Hart said Coburn had “never made parochial calculations” about Oklahoma’s disproportionate share of disaster funds, “as his voting record and campaign against earmarks demonstrates.” Hart added that Coburn, “makes no apologies for voting against disaster aid bills that are often poorly conceived and used to finance priorities that have little to do with disasters.”

The other Oklahoma Senator, Republican James Inhofe, also inexcusably voted against Sandy aid.

After President Obama declared a major federal disaster Monday and ordered federal aid to deal with the Moore, Oklahoma tornado, which devastated over 20 miles of land, Senator Coburn announced that he would be heading back to his home state to assess the damage.

It’s great that he is going to Oklahoma for a few photo-ops and press conferences, but why isn’t he willing to put America’s money where his mouth is?

The worst part about Sen. Coburn’s lack of empathy for his very own constituents is that his supposed concern for the deficit is a complete sham, considering he is a veteran member of the party that bloated our deficit and ruined our economy to begin with.


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Or is it the fact that nearly all red states take in more federal aid than they contribute to federal coffers?


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Sadly, it seems the Republican Party is going to continue to hold the social safety net hostage every single time there is a natural disaster and play politics with American lives instead of do what their constituents hired them to do; protect the people.

Watch President Obama Makes Make a Statement About the Tragedy:


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000907279043 John Baker

    Why the hell is disaster relief even subject to a vote in the first place? It should be automatic.

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  • 3 Dollar Bill

    Apparently 20,000 people were displaced in Moore and Shawnee. Here in Oklahoma, we’re rounding up stuff for charities and waiting to hear which spending cuts will accompany the disaster relief extended by our “most gracious state dignitaries”. Time to send home all of the world class crazy lobby-slators; Inhoffe & Coburn and Gov. Fallin !…the farce continues.

    “On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.” H. L. MENCHEN
    “Legislative rascalities should be punished with humiliations–life-long public exposure in ridiculous and grotesque situations. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” MARK TWAIN, again!

  • Sunny :)

    I’ll just make sure I get this on all your posts, on here I guess……For SOME odd reason, I am blocked for commenting(VERY politely, btw…with no cursing, name-calling, etc….that’s not who I am) on your fb page…even after I “liked” the page….hmmmm. This simply PROVES what I was saying was true. By the way, I SAVE EVERYTHING TO A .pdf…..ANYONE WHO WANTS to see what I posted to prove to themselves that I did NOTHING unseemly, please contact me and I’ll be MORE that happy to send you a .pdf of the comments this fellow thought should be deleted. :(

    So much for a peaceful, intelligent discussion. Again, just proves that this moderator is NOT interested in anything peaceful or intelligent. Think before you follow him/her.

    Mr/Ms. Moderator, I do not doubt that you will block/delete this comment as well. You really should check yourself. If you consider blocking this comment, it should make you question your motives AND character. I feel extremely sorry for you if you do so, as you are obviously a mentally unstable individual and are not really sure of your beliefs….especially if someone such as I can rattle you enough with opposing information to make you react as you have.

    Blessings to you.

  • Sunny :)

    Ah, sort of like this?
    obama didn’t even care enough about the Katrina victims to get help for them……check out HIS vote of NAY for help for them…..and this is NOT from the so-called faux news…..

  • http://gravatar.com/adventuresinoulu Donald

    I agree with Nick. No aid for Oklahoma. That’s what they voted for, that’s what they should get.

  • Trucker Mark

    I could see dumping those oil & gas tax breaks for the most-profitable industry in the history of the world and using the tax windfall to pay for the Moore tornado damage, and then using what’s left over to pay to build as many school tornado shelters as is possible too.

    We all have to make spending choices and I am afraid that Senators Inhofe and Coburn have been guilty of making the wrong choices for their constituents and for America for some time now.

    I would also recommend that the next time that the people of Oklahoma get a chance to vote, that they vote for someone who is more concerned about school tornado safety than about huge tax breaks for their buddies companies!

    • http://None C. Terry Ross

      2014 for inhofe and 2016 for coburn.

  • david

    Can we get an updated “Red State Socialism”

  • Carol

    I agree with him. Lets cut any kind of spending for the state of Oklahoma to offset the emergency funds for Oklahoma.
    It’s a plan!!!

  • http://chrisbshifflett.wordpress.com chrisbshifflett

    As an Oklahoman, I’m happy to report that the death toll ws initially exaggerated. The final count only ended up being 24. Thankfully.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.scanlan.3158 Nick Scanlan

    If he wants to refuse them aid, let him. Its time to see if his constituents agree with his beliefs or only agree when it is some other state in trouble. At least he is consistent if nothing else. Unlike the representatives in Texas who voted AGAINST Sandy relief but voted FOR relief for their own districts. All other districts excluding those affected should vote against the Texas FEMA so they can feel how despicable their representatives truly are. Despite my bitterness in my post, I do truly hope that all of those affected get the money and proper relief where it is needed.

  • http://catsissie.wordpress.com catsissie

    I don’t understand pulling politics into something like this. It’s inhuman. And, after listening to the President’s remarks, it appears to me that it is the hardest part of being the Chief Executive of the country. The least certain of the members of Congress (and they know who they are) of these United States can do is to be sure that we, the people, may have the ability, through them, of assisting our brothers and sisters in this land tragedy has struck. Whatever we believe in, whether faith or simply brotherhood of man, most of us want to that.

  • http://facebook Stephena Held

    Let’s cut those pork barrel tanks that the military doesnt want, anyway….

    • Ed

      Lets not forget about the Jet engines being built in Ohio that the military said long ago they won’t use, but we keep funding their production. What a shock… John Boehner’s state!

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