Thursday, March 14, 2013

208 Republicans Joined The Democrats In Supporting Community-Based Flood Insurance Options-- But What About The 17 Republicans Who Favor Floods?


Flooding along the Reedy River through the west end section of downtown Greenville, SC, 29 July 2004 (Trey Gowdy's district but he probably figures it'll never flood again)

Remember the other day when we talked about the Pro-Pandemic Caucus? There are 28 Republicans in that one. Would you believe that there's also a Pro-Flood Caucus? It's considerably smaller-- only 17 tight-wing crackpots Members of Congress in that one.

Tuesday 208 Republicans and every single Democrat passed H.R. 1035, (397-17) which requires a study of voluntary community-based flood insurance options and how such options could be incorporated into the national flood insurance programs. Sounds like the kind of thing Congress should be doing, right? Well not to the certifiably insane fringes of the GOP, the nihilists who just want to see the whole house come down. These guys (no gals; the bolded ones are also part of the Pro-Pandemic Caucus):
• Justin Amash (R-MI)
Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI)
• Paul Broun (R-GA)
Doug Collins (R-GA)
Tom Cotton (R-AR)
RonDeSantis (R-FL)
• Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
• Jimmy Duncan (R-TN)
Trey Gowdy (R-SC)
• Tom Graves (R-GA)
• Thomas Massie (R-KY)
• Ted Poe (R-TX)
• Trey Radel (R-FL)
Reid Ribble (R-WI)
• Steve Stockman (R-TX)
Tim Walberg (R-MI)
Randy Weber (TX)
How much more crazy are the pro-flood Republicans than the pro-pandemic Republicans? Well... what does it tell you that this group was even too much for Louie Gohmert, Virginia Foxx, Mo Brooks and Jeff Miller?

This bill, which was sponsored by Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Spencer Bachus (R-AL), directs FEMA "to study options, methods, and strategies for making voluntary community-based flood insurance policies available through the National Flood Insurance Program, including a strategy to implement options that would encourage communities to undertake flood mitigation activities." Socialism! These really are the craziest of the crazy-- real dangers to society! I guess the three kooks from northern Georgia who voted against this, Broun, Collins and Graves, don't recall the Chattahoochee River flooding in September, 2009, which did over half a billion dollars in damage and killed ten people. And as the two GOP nutcases from Florida who voted NO-- Radel and DeSantis-- know, it never floods in Florida. And were any of the kooks from Michigan alive and kicking when the Grand, Red Cedar and Battle Creek rivers all flooded at the same time, pretty much inundating what is today much of Justin Amash's district. Hey, but what do a few hundred-- or even a few thousand-- homes washed away matter when pointy headed, extremist ideological purity in on the line? And Amash is contemplating a run for the U.S. Senate? Maybe he and Broun, who  has delusions of being Georgia's next U.S. Senator, can cross-endorse each other.

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