Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) doesn’t have a lot of sense – or compassion.
Capitol Hill’s notorious and wealthy pro-segregationist, whose Hurricane Katrina-damaged home was one of Bush’s apparent priorities after the storm hit the US Gulf Coast, apparently doesn’t give a rat’s behind for fellow storm victims of more meager means.
Blogger Bob Geiger has the story and calls Lott “cruel and indifferent.” You decide if those adjectives are appropriate:
With a bipartisan alliance that included Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed and moderate Republican Olympia Snowe of Maine arguing passionately in favor of badly-needed emergency funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Lott took to the microphone to give his take on providing warm homes to the elderly and disabled.
“What is it we are not going to give people for free? Is there any limit? Is there any limit to the amount of money?” asked Lott, adding snidely “I thought we were having global warming.”
The occasion was Senate debate and a roll call vote last week on $1 billion in funding for LIHEAP, which has been woefully under-funded since falling under the knife of Bush-administration budget cuts. LIHEAP was authorized by Congress to receive $5.1 billion in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, but only $2.2 billion was appropriated in fiscal year 2006 thanks to the president’s Deficit Reduction Act.
Lott wants poor old folks to avoid winter’s chill via global warming? Keep in mind that the senator has said that he doesn’t even believe in the concept of global warming. If you ask me, the “gentleman” from Mississippi is one snarky, mean hombre. Marie Antoinette would love this guy.
Yet again, Lott shows his lack of humanity, intelligence and sensitivity. He’s the textbook “compassionate” conservative. Heaven help us all.
The good news: He lost that battle. Though most GOPsters voted no, the Senate voted 66-31 in favor of Senate Bill 2320. Now, if lawmakers could pass legislation to warm Lott and other Republicans’ cold, cold hearts.