Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ripped GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan for what he described as feigning sympathy for disaster relief victims. His evidence? House Republicans' efforts last year to make disaster relief funds contingent on cutting social programs, and the party's budget which calls for deep cuts to all domestic spending and thus could put emergency management funds at risk.
"Under a Romney-Ryan administration, we would not have been prepared to respond to Hurricane Isaac," Reid said. "If Paul Ryan and his fellow House Republicans had succeeded in blocking disaster relief last fall, there would have been no aid for the victims of Isaac today. And Paul Ryan’s budget would gut disaster funding, making it much harder to get aid to our fellow Americans in their time of need."
It is the height of hypocrisy for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to make a pretense of showing sympathy for the victims of Hurricane Isaac when their policies would leave those affected by this disaster stranded and on their own.
This is yet another example of Mitt Romney’s extreme right wing agenda, which asks middle class families to sacrifice in order to protect millionaires and billionaires from paying their fair share.