FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES: Tropical Storm Isaac is more than just a logistical inconvenience for Republicans gathered in Tampa: it is a powerful reminder both of Republican incompetence in handling Hurricane Katrina seven years ago, and the party’s no-less-disastrous plans to further cut emergency-related spending.
That is not something you will hear Paul Ryan talk about this week at the convention, nor any of the other lawmakers who make simplistic promises about the power of slashing government spending. But the budgets assembled by Mr. Ryan and warmly embraced by Mitt Romney severely cut spending for emergency preparedness, exactly the kind of money needed in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and scores of other states for this and future storms.TPJ: If you live in an area prone to at least one of the following: hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, or wildfires, you better hope Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan aren't elected. It all sounds great to get a bigger tax return by cutting government programs until the real world smacks you in the face in the form of a tornado or hurricane. The costs of which outstrip the amount of your tax return. The government is there to do the things that we can not do on our own.
We all want to be rugged individuals but we can't make it in this life without help. I'm proud to pay my taxes because I want to help my community since I know I can't do it all on my own either. If I want and need help then I must be ready and willing to help others. The whole point of a community or country is to join hands and help each other do the things we can't do on our own.
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