Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) has introduced S. 2202, the Preparedness and Resilience Foundation Act. The bottom line is that tax dollars apparently are not enough and the federal government wants to be able to fundraise outside the scope of its actual authority.
This week two seemingly unrelated but very connected events took place: freak tornadoes struck the Dallas area yesterday with unexpected ferocity and the hard-hit area's Member of Congress bragged about cutting funds for... predicting storms and reducing their impact.
Last year, AmeriCorps received a record of more than 580,000 applications for just 80,000 positions. More than half a million people applied to join the program, not for financial gain, but because they were driven to make real community impact.
"We all do better when we all do better." Republicans don't ascribe to that. They want to set up a country where every person is responsible for every aspect of daily life, from ensuring drinking water is safe to reducing workplace hazards.
In a democracy, it is the people who need to have the power, not just the rich and powerful. Let us hope that Americans learn that their rights are very tenuous and need to be protected, rather than simply taken for granted.
The office of Majority Leader Cantor continues to actively misrepresent the facts concerning how Congress in recent years has handled emergency spending and whether or not offsetting natural disasters has been a common practice.