On the list of 36 U.S. Senators, all Republicans, who voted against sending $50 billion to the states impacted by hurricane Sandy, New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte is first. Sometimes, being at the head of the alphabet is not the advantage it might seem.
Some comentators are putting this vote down to pure meanness, even antagonism towards America. Ever the optimist, I don’t expect the thirty six to give up their short-sightedness any time soon, but eventually it must dawn on them that managing our nation’s resources does not mean sitting back and waiting for nature’s destructive forces to wash them all into the sea.
The Republican party is apparently in a vindictive mood. But, punishing an electorate, which is patiently waiting for the House and Senate to come to their senses, is probably not a recipe for the longevity on Capitol Hill, which they claim to relish so much.
One might think that Senators representing coastal states (Ayotte, Burr, Chambliss, Cornyn, Cruz,Graham, Isakson, Rubio and Scott) would be knowledgeable about hurricanes. Perhaps the problem is that direct assistance to the victims of natural flood disasters cuts out their friends in the insurance industry.