A deficit hawk in a hurricane

This cartoon accompanied my latest op-ed, title above, which appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Wednesday.

Since it was published, we’ve learned that Majority Leader Eric Cantor “voted against an amendment to an emergency supplemental bill for disaster aid that would have ‘fully offset’ the cost of that supplemental with ‘a proportional reduction of FY05 discretionary funding’ elsewhere.”

And we’ve learned that Gov. Bob McDonnell disagreed with Cantor’s stance on offsetting more resources for FEMA with cuts elsewhere, saying:

For the FEMA money that’s going to flow, it’s up to them on how they get it. I don’t think it’s the time to get into that [deficit] debate.

Finally, we’ve learned that we were all mistaken about Cantor’s stance: we have this AP story, in which Cantor “says he never suggested that disaster funds for victims of Hurricane Irene should be held up by budget concerns.”

Really?

“Yes, we’re going to find the money. We’re just going to need to make sure that there are savings elsewhere to do so.”

Can’t get any clearer than that.

You know, if Cantor has come around to the idea that we – the government being us – have to spend money sometimes when people are in need (a point I tried to make in last week’s op-ed), then I’m totally OK with his flip-flop on this 😉

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