Shuck and jive

10 Jan

Steven-Palazzo-sizedLet’s be clear up front – shuck and jive is not a racist term.

It’s a reference to behavior adopted by someone in order to avoid criticism.

With that out of the way, this is one of those things that you just shake your head at, or get mad.

It depends on how you feel about politicians in general and if they are supposed to represent the people – or not.

Republican Representative Steven Palazzo is from Mississippi.

His district was ground zero for Hurricane Katrina and at that time he pleaded for federal help.

If anyone should understand how hurricane devastation affects people, he should.

Here’s a guy that should be full of sympathy.

But apparently isn’t.

The vote was underway – temporarily increase the borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program so the Federal Emergency Management Agency could borrow an additional $9.7 billion from the Treasury to pay claims, including those from Superstorm Sandy along the east coast.

The flood insurance program was days away from running out of money to pay claims.

The consequences were dire: without additional money, the flood insurance program would fail to help those suffering from Superstorm Sandy.

Palazzo joined 66 of his Republican colleagues in the House to vote against the bill.

The urgency he had understood so well after Katrina was gone, replaced by a demand for spending reductions to offset the cost and a call for a “dialogue” on spending and debt.

That he uses this opportunity to make a political or philosophical point rather than help people is both shameful and offensive.

Apparently the wrath of is constituents got that point across.

He quickly released a statement today after surveying areas in New Jersey and New York that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

“I came to the Northeast today to see firsthand the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and to meet with my colleagues about securing immediate relief and assistance for those suffering from the storm.  I was saddened to see the hard-hit portions of New Jersey and New York.  I was reminded of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.  Mississippians have been through much of what the Sandy victims are experiencing. Now is the time for the federal government to provide immediate relief to those affected by the storm.  I am fully committed to providing the relief they so desperately need.”   “Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy have clearly demonstrated the need to revisit reforms for disaster relief.   I spoke directly with House leadership this week about achieving meaningful disaster relief reform, and I remain committed to this much-needed national discussion.“

Shuck and jive.

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