In Wake Of Devastated Oklahoma, Tom Coburn (R-OK) Demands Spending Cuts

What a preening jackass <a href="http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/coburn-wants-tornado-disaster-aid-to-be-offset/">this guy is.

What a preening jackass this guy is.

The tornado damage near Oklahoma City is still being assessed and the death toll is expected to rise, but already Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says he will insist that any federal disaster aid be paid for with cuts elsewhere.

CQ Roll Call reporter Jennifer Scholtes wrote for CQ.com Monday evening that Coburn said he would “absolutely” demand offsets for any federal aid that Congress provides.

Coburn added, Scholtes wrote, that it is too early to guess at a damage toll but that he knows for certain he will fight to make sure disaster funding that the federal government contributes is paid for. It’s a position he has taken repeatedly during his career when Congress debates emergency funding for disaster aid.

Scholtes points out that Coburn was one of 36 Republican senators who voted against disaster funding for Superstorm Sandy in January.

The bodies aren't cold yet, and Coburn's already putting on his green visor and counting nickels. Not only is this morally offensive, it's terrible economic policy.

But I'm sure this clownery will be called "brave" and "principled" by the village media.

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