Eric Cantor: “No Irene relief funding without spending cuts”

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So it's been somewhat of a joke that despite shutting down the NYC subway and panicking half of Manhattan, Hurricane Irene really didn't do that much to the Big Apple. But she did do quite a bit elsewhere, which is why House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's latest proclamation is especially tasteless: Cantor is standing by his assertion that no new money will be allocated for disaster relief unless it's accompanied by spending cuts elsewhere. 

FEMA will need more resources than it currently has to deal with Irene's aftermath along the East Coast, and the agency is already in the process of diverting funds away from other recent disasters (and there have been a few) to pay for Irene's spree.

It's the second verse, same as the first for Cantor, who first outlined this position following the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri, and elsewhere earlier this year. He reiterated it after last week's earthquake, despite the fact that the quake's epicenter was in his district. At least he's not playing favorites.

Cantor cited a bill that the Republican-controlled House passed that approves $1 billion in disaster relief, financed by $1.5 billion cut from a loan program to encourage the production of fuel-efficient vehicles. 

There's got to be some kind of word for when political figures put their party's interests ahead of actually taking care of the people that elected them. Obviously, the country is in dire straits financially, but we're not talking about buying a new helicopter to haul Chris Christie around, we're talking about disaster relief.

Reprehensible. That's the word I'm looking for here. That or just plain wrong.