Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

General Discussion

Showing Original Post only (View all)


(65 posts)
Wed Sep 28, 2022, 01:44 AM Sep 2022

Cognitive Dissonance - Republican hatred of the Federal government vs. their dependence on FEMA cash [View all]

This is my seasonal pet peeve. Please excuse me if I offend you.

Every hurricane season, we all see the same damn thing play out in Florida or Texas or Louisiana or Georgia or the Carolinas. A giant hurricane comes along and flattens one or more of these states. Immediately, hands are outstretched...Where is that sweet FEMA bailout money? Pardon the pun, but it blows me away that all these Republican states can be so damn dependent on the Federal government despite spending the entire year whining about some perceived injustice rendered unto them by that same Federal government. All year long, it's "us vs. them." Come the winds, all of sudden, it's "we're all in this together."

Which states receive the most FEMA money? You guessed it...All the Southern Republican states. Between 2017 and 2020, Texas received $7.7 billion, Florida $6.3 billion, North Carolina $1.3 billion, Georgia $600 million and Oklahoma, South Carolina and Nebraska each received $300 million. The only Democratic state that cracked the Top Ten was California, coming in at $4 billion...Which, according to Trump, was our fault due to the fact that we "don't properly rake our forests."


Republicans are fond of wanting to either privatize federal functions or delegate them to the individual states. How about disbanding FEMA and delegating its functions to the individual states? Don't worry Puerto Rico. My plan's got your back. Since you're a territory, you'd still be covered by the Feds. Maybe then...maybe just MAYBE...the hypocrites rooted in the seats of power from the Texas to the Florida panhandles would have some effing appreciation for what it means to be an American and part of something bigger than their Confederate selves.

Sorry, but I had to get that off my chest.

9 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Latest Discussions»General Discussion»Cognitive Dissonance - Re...