Hypocrite Graham Begs For Federal Storm Aid After Voting ‘No’ To Helping Sandy Victims

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is demanding the federal government help his state after a record-shattering rainfall led to mass flooding and destruction. That’s fine. As Americans, it should be considered a sacred duty to come to the aid of our neighbors in the face of tragedy and disaster. What isn’t fine is that Graham himself seems to disagree when it isn’t his state that’s under water.

Just a few years ago, he was boldly voting “no” to providing victims of Hurricane Sandy with federal relief because it was “too expensive.” When you’re dry and cozy in your home, it’s easy to be a fiscal conservative. In fact, as my colleague Oliver Willis recently pointed out, every congressional Republican in South Carolina voted against helping hurricane victims — a stone wall of “conservative values” in the face of disaster.

During an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Graham hilariously tried to retcon his flagrant hypocrisy, suggesting that it sure doesn’t sound like him to have heartlessly voted against helping other people.

“I’m all for helping the people in New Jersey. I don’t really remember me voting that way,” Graham said.

Pressed further, he said: “Anyway, I don’t really recall that, but I’d be glad to look and tell you why I did vote no if I did.”

Don’t bother, Lindsey. We looked it up for you. You did, in fact, vote “no,” and the reasoning you and your fellow Republicans gave was disgusting.

Indiana Rep. Dan Coats, part of the Republican anti-Sandy relief bloc, said at the time that, while the aid package would help victims, there was also money within the bill that would be set aside for future disasters. They deemed that “wasteful.”

“Unfortunately, this bill goes far beyond assisting the current needs of those affected by Sandy,” Coats said, “and includes tens of billions of dollars in spending for future disasters and other unrelated items.”

In other words, tens of billions of dollars in spending for future disasters — like the one currently happening in North and South Carolina — weren’t needed. Presumably, that group of Republicans believed no future natural disaster would ever take place anywhere in the United States, so why set aside money for it?

And — surprise — when a disaster did hit, as it tends to do every so often, Lindsey Graham is the first in line demanding to use the same money he insisted wasn’t needed just two years ago.

Perhaps, there ought to be a rule. The federal government will give South Carolina the money it needs, but Graham has to wear a sign announcing that he is a heartless hypocrite while marching around New Jersey for a while. Maybe he will hesitate before voting to help others the next time it happens, if only for a moment or two.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info