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Does Tit for Tat by Politicians Play Out in the Funds Resources Available to Flood Victims in Louisiana?

  • Emergencey funds are appropriated on a quid pro quo basis

    Federal congressional politicians know that if they expect their own constituents to be protected by federal funds, they need to be willing to appropriate funds to help people in other states too. When politicians fail to help others, such as when Republican congressmen in Louisiana voted against providing aid to northeasterners following hurricane Sandy, they disrupt this quid pro quo arrangement and put their own constituents in peril. Now, Louisiana residents need flood relief, and they may find less willingness from the rest of the country to release federal funds to help them because of the short-sighted actions of their congressmen.

  • Yes, it does.

    It would be a good time for the Clinton Foundation to hand over some of those large donations. These people could really use it. Isn't that what the foundation was designed for? It says on the website; "Help communities address the effects of climate change." This should fall under that category.

  • No, the money gets spent regardless

    Every time there's a natural disaster, there's some idiotic political positioning based upon the leanings of the parties. Typically, the democrats accuse the republicans of being hypocrites because they are for "small government" until it comes time for the feds to bail them out. However, this is incredibly disingenuous, as the states are still pouring money into FEMA and the like. Not using those resources simply isn't an option, the politicians just like to score some quick political points when the country is watching.

  • No, I don't think it really makes much difference.

    During a time when Louisiana needed assistance, federal relief funds were dispatched quickly to help in rescue and recovery efforts. This immediate response was the most important part of funding. People did not spend long periods of time waiting for food and supplies, and that is the most important thing in all of this. The tit for tat has nothing to do with the amount of funds available on a federal level.


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