Blunt Wants Federal Government To Do More For Joplin

Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says he’s asking the federal government to reimburse 100 percent of the cost to local governments dealing with the Joplin tornado aftermath.

Blunt, who had an office in Joplin for 14 years,  says he toured the town earlier this week and found it almost “unrecognizable” with a six-mile long swath wiped almost clean and lacking familiar landmarks except some knocked over street signs.

The latest death toll in Joplin is 126 and President Obama is scheduled to visit the town on Sunday.

In a phone conference with reporters Thursday,  Blunt says he has asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to do more.

“I’m asking for 100 percent federal reimbursement to local governments,” Blunt said, “They’ve agreed to 75.   I think they have to come to a better number than that, and the right number, I think, would be 100 percent.”

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Mo Senator Roy Blunt in Joplin (Photo/Blunt staff)

When asked to rate the federal response to the Joplin disaster, Blunt gave generally good marks to FEMA,  but noted that FEMA’s director didn’t show up in Joplin right away.

With the damage estimate in Joplin estimated from $2 to $3 billion,  Blunt was asked if it’s possible insurance rates could be going up for all Missourians.

“Well, it could happen,” Blunt said, “I think there is generally a community rating for property damage.   These tornados of this spring may very well be figured into that to some extent.   I don’t think they’ll have great impact, because so much of the country can be affected by this kind of storms.”

Blunt was also asked if the steady procession of tornados and death this spring could be related to climate change.

“There’s always some pattern of climate change,”  Blunt said, “I think it’s more likely that this is a year when the winter-spring transition just created this environment.”

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  • Timothy B.

    NOW Sen. Blunt want the federal government to spend money…. it takes a tornado to make a republican realize the value of a federal government.

    • JD

      Obama and leftist Hollywood care more about Haiti.

    • LTCB

      If the feds had left any money for the states to tax, they wouldn’t have problems like digging themselves out from disasters. The fed taxed the populace to the breaking point on purpose. That way, they’re the “saviors of the world” to people when things go south. It was and always has been intentional. Everyone knows disasters happen. What business does the Fed have with anything to do with local disasters. State issue. Give the money back to the states and let them deal with it. Your answer of big government is shopworn and ragged.

    • Rick

      What’s wrong with the STATE government? If your precious federal gov’t. didn’t bleed the states dry, MO could handle the loss with ease.

      • Dennis Clouser

        Remember when the gov’t rebuilt San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake/fire!!! What about people who had insurance too?

      • LTCB

        1906…. What insurance??

      • Nick

        Missouri receives more money from the federal government than it contributes in taxes. Thoughts?

      • Fanny Forbes Franklen

        You are so correct sir. I listened to an interview yesterday where people that wanted to volunteer, bring food and clothing, were turned away by the FEDS. Just like Katrina. The federal government is a degenerate leech that is not needed and stifles all that want to help.


    • Rob Russo

      LOL The value? Maybe if people didnt have to pay so much in taxes they could afford some good tornado insurance. Instead they have to go begging for help. Government will break your leg, then give you some crutches and pretend like they are helping.

    • SoMoPatriot

      Leave your petty partisan politics at home, chief. If the government can waste 3 billion this year on projects ranging from exercising shrimp on a treadmill to south pole jello wrestling, I think what he is asking for is perfectly acceptable.

      Get over yourself.

      • Yirmin Snipe

        Government should support the military and nothing more… no shrimp and jello and no rebuilding of any city because of a disaster.

    • Bob M.

      There is a huge difference between a natural disaster which destroys lives and an experiment to determine whether sick shrimp exercise on a treadmill as well as healthy shrimp. I don’t know Sen. Blunt’s history at all, but allow me to generalize as much as you have. Is it really such a terrible crime for any citizen to want the government to cut *wasteful* spending?

      • Shinea

        How else would you expect the scientist to find out how shrimp react to stress? Have them lift weights? You think the shrimpers in the gulf think finding out about how shrimp are coping with an environment that is making them sick, think trying to find out is a “waste” of taxpayer money”? It sounds real crazy until it’s YOUR livelihood that’s at stake.

    • tbart

      Helping people is a socialist agenda…. you moron.

      • Chuck J

        LMAO.. Helping people is human nature. Trying to control them because you’re vain enough to think you know better is Socialism and guess what? We don’t want nor need your “guidance”. Go back to your ivory castle and leave the rest of America to fix what you’ve already broken.

    • heatherfeather

      It’s all funny money now anyway. Not like the government needs money when they can just print it out of thin air. Gotta agree with Rob that the cost of government is bankrupting anyone who isn’t hiding their assets.

    • JTBadger

      Spending everyone else’s money until it’s all gone under the guise of helping people – that is the socialist agenda. Equal misery for all.

    • jdude

      only if MO taxpayers will be happy to reimburse CA for our future earthquake damage!!!!!

    • Earl Lutz

      if the fed didnt take all their money in the first place they would have enough to rebuild

    • chemcounter

      He is asking for the reimbursement of the first responders NOT to pay for losses of businesses and homeowners.

    • jes2

      And it takes a partisan moron like you to fail to realize that he just wants what every other state has extracted from the Feds in disasters.

      I bet you need written instructions on how to go to the bathroom…

      • Art

        “And it takes a partisan moron like you to fail to realize that he just wants what every other state has extracted from the Feds in disasters.”

        Except Texas which couldn’t get a dime when fires (probably set by the DNC’s precious illegals) just scorched millions of acres.

        GET OBAMA OUT IN 2012.

    • Jawal

      Tim you B. stupid. Republicans believe in limited government not the absence of it. The big government we reject is the system that creates the welfare junkies that are addicted to the government dole and have had their will to work replaced with dependency.

    • Joot

      I agree. It’s time for the states to push back on Washington’s demands for local(state) monies.

      Oh, how I wish my community (and others that have been hit by these tornadoes) would tell the Fed. Gov’t., “Stay away! We’ll handle this situation ourselves!”

      We’re hooked on Fed dollars and we don’t even know it !!!

    • yehhaw

      The value of the federal government? Oxymoronic statement, I’ll leave it at that,…

    • K Griffin

      Check YOUTUBE for one of your own (dutchsinse) of MO he was predicting it 20 hours before with radar anomolies. Named Joplin specifically this time. I’ve noticed them and happened on dutchsinse (youtube) after researching weather modification. “Owning the weather by 2025”

  • Jon Pulsipher

    I’m not sure why the Feds should be reimbursing 100% of local government costs in dealing with this disaster. I’m fine with some aid, but why 100% in this particular instance and not others?
    The federal government is not everyone’s mom – simple as that.

    • Tom

      Show me in the COTUS where it calls for the FED to cover disaster costs.

      Charity is fine but that is not the role of the gov’t

    • Obamahater

      I totally agree. While my heart goes out to the residents and survivors this is not the responsibility of federal government. MO maybe but It is one thing to ask for support and mercy it is quite another to demand compensation from the gubment as if they are responsible.

    • Albert MacMeda

      I’m barely convinced 50% would be reasonable, if that much. Apparently there are some from Joplin who’ve posted below who are OK with the ridiculous idea of 100%. State and local governments also collect taxes and can give some back. Insurance companies need to step up and cover some of it. The idea that the Federal Government will step in and “make everything right” is exactly what is wrong with the Democrats and the left, which is exactly why it’s amazing that a Republican is now spouting that nonsense. Well, it will probably help get him re-elected, anyway.

      • portia

        You’re a funny guy, blaming the Dems…I have yet to meet any politician, who didn’t demand funds when it is in their backyards…Governor Rick Perry, after screaming that he wanted to secede, complains that the federal government give enough money to help with their wildfires…NOT one politician is any different…but, if it makes you feel better to blame only one side, go for it

    • Tim

      How about cancelling some of that aid to the Arab world and helping out our own people!

    • Bill H

      I don’t know if they “should” but it is needed. Joplin is a small city of about 50,000. The annual budget is around 80 million a year to take care of a functioning city. A third of it is gone along with the tax revenue base. If they are to recover it is a right thing to do.

      • Jo Pine

        The money that the federal government has – comes from our own pockets. Nothing wrong with getting some back.

      • John S

        Funny how all of these right wing Governor’s and mayors SCREAM small government until their butts are in a sling. Then they are the first for the hand outs.

        Many of them yelled hell no to stimuless money but were present at every project the money paid for with the ribbon cutting scissors in their hands as if they were responsible for the project getting gone. What Hippocrates they all are.

      • Jared

        The reimbursement that the Senator is talking about is for the cost to the local government, not the total cost to rebuild the community. The local government is seeing a significant increase in non-budgeted spending relating to the aftermath.

        The 2-3 Billion is for the total rebuilding not the local government cost that Senator Blunt is referencing and that FEMA has offered to cover at the 75% level.

      • Scarf

        Even 75% is too much. The taxpayer can not be expected to assume the costs of all risks. If one can not handle that, don’t live in tornado alley.

      • Daniel Morgan

        I was always taught to save a little bit for the things you want or for a rainy day. But considering the government sets an example of spending money before you even get it or borrowing, borrowing, borrowing, such thinking appears to have gone the way of honest politicians and hard work. Don’t mind helping people in need, which I often do, along with many others, just getting tired of people acting irresponsibly, then expecting some else to bail them out. Charity needs to be based on mutual trust, respect and good will. Now days, this does not always happen.

      • Don M

        If that’s the case why do they need 3 Billion dollars? In any case, how about the insurance covering it?

    • Kenneth Glenn Koons

      I think Roy is hurting for the folks and wants in a way to get back at both the other Dem Sen. as well as Obama as far as helping deserving people groups instead of union leader thugs, welfare entitlement groups and corporations getting Care waivers. No wonder Roy wants some aid for the hurting in MO>

      • Portia

        Try reading before commenting…the federal government WILL help out with 75% help…the Republican Senator who usually screams against the budget NOW wants 100%…tough…we will help, but can’t do it all….and, the rest of the Republicans want offsetting costs before giving aid, so the Senator should go beg his Republican friends for aid

      • Roger

        That’s fine, but then don’t go around villainizing the bid bad federal government during the next election cycle. What’s good for the goose is not good for the gander?



    • Radgast

      funny how the big government spending is ok now…

      • George Winston

        Except for the billions wasted in Afghanistan, right??

      • Dave C

        Big government spending is never OK. Blunt is acting like a progressive and it sickens me. Spending has to stop and it has to stop now.

    • Jeff

      Standard response in Missouri. I grew up in St Louis and have become numb to the anual bray by which ever community had gotten destroyed by flood or tornado that year.

      If people would build to the condition in which they lived, one they wouldn’t be homeless and two they wouldn’t be dead.

      I say leave it a disaster area and let people learn the hard lesson finally.

      • jerry walters


      • Bill

        That is just the silliest comment I have ever heard. By your reasoning, nobody should live in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida among others. And of course all of the states on the east coast that are subject to hurricanes should not be inhabited either. Oh, and we can’t forget earthquakes in California. Where do you suggest everyone live?

    • billcrawford

      “Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says he’s asking the federal government to reimburse 100 percent of the cost to local governments dealing with the Joplin tornado aftermath” That’s what local and state taxes and insurance is for notmy take dollars. They choose to live in tornado ally, well guess what, they choose to live close to the Mississippi River, expect floods. Time to use some common sense people and stop these givaways it has to go to welfare, obamacare, food stamps, unemploymens insurance (2 year worth), disability payments (for the non disabled) get the picture we have no money for these foolish things ask Obama he has other ways to spend it. Don’t forget his buddy at GE paid no taxes last year (about10 Billion gone) and you want what for who? ridiculous.

      • Claritas

        I know it’s shoveling sand against the ocean, but GE made big quarterly tax payments last year, as in all other years since time hath no memory. But they sensibly arranged their payments so none were owed in their annual 1120 report. Your other points are good –

      • Tim

        Let’s not forget the billions of dollars we give away to our sworn enemies every year.

    • Marie MacCord

      Where are all those foreign humanitarian aide dollars? If we can re-build the infrastructures of enemies want to tkae us “out” why aren’t those dollars being returned here!!!!!!!

    • Michael R.

      Doesn’t Blunt know that the Federal Government is BROKE?

    • mitch

      They shouldn’t; I feel sorry for the citizens of Joplin, but it’s not the Federal Government (U.S. taxpayers) to pay for it. That’s what the citizens pay local taxes for and that’s precisely what the city of Joplin, County of Jasper and State of Missouri collect taxes for!

    • Jared Lorz

      So sick of having to pay for these Southern Welfare states. Guess what move out of Tornado Alley. You want to whine about government waste? It’s wasteful for the Feds to rebuild a town, if the town can’t survive on its own let it die.

      • Mitch

        Move out of tornado alley? Yeah, let’s have everyone move out of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, etc, etc, etc….doh!!! Oh, wait have you ever heard of tornadoes in Alabama and other Southern states? Better to remain silent and thought to be a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!!!

      • Fred

        You, my friend disgust me. To degridate individuals who live below an imaginary line is kinda sick. Most folks who live in the South are hard working Patriotic Americans, who like everyone else is trying to make it through a tough economy. Now, a disaster befalls them and instead of you wanting to throw them a lifering, you throw a stone! Shame on you and all like you who just blindly hate. I pray a disaster never strikes your home, because thouse in the South will probably come to your rescue and you will have to refuse because they are not your kind of people. BTW where are the highest welfare rates? I think it may well be in the rust belt vice the South.

    • Mr. Rogers

      I agree with Jon. This is what insurance is for. Joplin deserves some help, and they are getting it, but to demand 100% compensation is just crazy.

    • DavidL

      So everybody has to suffer because the State of Missouri didn’t SAVE money for a rainy-day fund, like we did in Texas! Let the people of Missouri foot the bill, don’t reach into my pocket.

      • portia

        If the people of Texas saved for a rainy day, why was your Governor complaining that the feds didn’t give him enough money for the fires? Everyone has their hands out when something happens to them, but then screams NO, when it is for someone else

      • MO Citizen.

        TX please, if you all can take care of your selfs with all your rainy day money, then why have you not done anything about your boarder? UNITED STATES we should be supporting each other.

    • Dave C

      The federal government has no authority to give any aid whatsoever to Joplin. Nor did they to Louisiana, Florida, or any other domestic location hit by a natural disaster. And obviously, they lack the authority to give away our money to foreign lands after a natural disaster. Is there ANYONE in the District of Columbia who understands the Constitution. The frickin’ 19th century farmers had a better grasp on its meaning than we do today. It’s disgusting.

      • roze

        They can give billions to the third-world countries but not our own when we have problems? Yea, THAT makes sense!

  • T. Wilson

    What you mean is: ” to realize of value of the American taxpayer.”

  • Scott

    Why on earth should the Federal Government cover a local/state issue? This has nothing to do with anyone else but the people who live there. People can donate to many charities if they want to help the people of Joplin, but this is NOT a Federal Government issue.

    • Dan

      These people pay taxes to the feds just like you. This is not a standard state/local “issue.” Their homes are gone. This is exactly what FEMA was designed for. To say anything else is maligned ignorance.

    • Lana

      I truely hope you never ever need help Mr. Scott. Try very hard not to get yourself backed into a corner EVER. Lana

    • Mike-N-TN

      Keep in mind, the more the Fed “helps” you the more they own you. Can you say “GMC”?

    • Bob M.

      Uh, did you forget Hurricane Katrina and how the Federal Government got blasted for not giving enough support quick enough? Yea, can’t have it both ways.

      • Walt Campbell

        FEMA was only criticized for that because GW Bush was President. If he were still POTUS he’d be getting criticized for not doing enough.

      • Scott

        No I didn’t forget Katrina and the Feds shouldn’t have gotten involved with that one either.

        Who’s trying to have it both ways? It’s a state/local issue.

    • SoMoPatriot

      FEMA is a federal agency, therefore this is a federal issue. We don’t pay taxes for nothing. If the Federal Government is so effective and powerful, I would think cleaning up a moderate town in southwest Missouri should be a simple enough task.

      • Albert MacMeda

        “Radgast” forgets that the Obamunists ignored Texas when they requested help fighting the fires – but they didn’t ignore Mexico, as they deployed our equipment THERE instead.

      • richie h.

        SoMoPatriot makes no sense. It is a local problem that may get help from reste of US residents. FEMA is there to coordinate response by federal agencies IF a federal disaster is declared. Why should my taxes pay for your repairs?

      • Radgast

        Texas was approved for dozens of requests for their fires, Katrina absolutely required a federal response, and quite frankly I believe this does to, I am not sure about 100%, but its puzzling to me is how he would consider spending billions considering our debt. Federal help should be offered in large part but only to the extent where needed based on the magnitude, the state will need to do their part.

      • Scott

        FEMA should be disbanded and just because it exists doesn’t make it a Federal issue. I recall Obama denying Federal help to Texas with all the fires because he told them it was a local issue.

        The Feds aren’t effective and it isn’t their responsibility. Do you believe that states have responsibility for their own citizens or are we just one big country without 50 states?

        Sorry pal, let the help come from those who offer it and keep the Feds out of local issues.

    • Dave C

      Amen, Scott.

  • Mark

    How about we help the Joplin people with the money we give to Pakistan and Hammas every year.

    • Chet

      You forgot to mention Israel, it gets more than the other two combined.

      • Albert MacMeda

        For good reason: Israel is a lone democracy in a sea of dictatorships. Hamas is a terrorist organization which shouldn’t get a penny and Pakistan only gets oney because we need a presence their to support our activities next door in Afghanistan.

      • Bill

        except Israel doesn’t harbor those that wish to kill us. Wise up.

    • Always Independent

      So michelle takes one less vacation, whats the big deal?

      • Ed Kopic

        Couldn’t agree more. LMAO!

    • Kristi

      Right on!

    • Rowdy Choate

      You notice how it said help the state pay for State emergency work. It doesnt mean to help the people! Thats easy a Obama to comply with. Roy Blunt needs to learn that its we the People not we the Government!

  • John

    The Federal has no business paying for damage. It is a tragedy, but the Govt of the United States was never set up to take care of all of us in this way. Cut the Federal Budget by 80%, let people and states keep their money and use it!!!!

    • Radgast

      just for the record, its not your money, Its the currency of the United States of America, if the USA’s economy was ever to totally tank, what would your money be worth, nothing, Unless you plan on creating your own currency, not that your share of such communal currency is of no value nor shared by anyone else except yourself, but the elimination of many of the government entities are part of the equation of the economic strength, the notion of contracting one side of the ledger is important as in such current economic conditions but a reduction of even 50% would devalue domestic prosperity and our standings in world markets to the effect of having a cataclysmic depreciation on that paper in your wallet, Sensibility should always be a prime factor with finances.

      • Dave C

        Wrong, radgast. It actually is our money. Leaving the gold standard was a horrible mistake. Fiat currency never lasts. But do not for a minute think that the money you earn belongs to your neighbor.

    • Rowdy Choate

      Then tell us why the Government Bailed out Big Banks; Big Auto; Big Hollywood; Big Sports; and of Course all the Big World Banks! but cant bailout the people how pay them all the money? They even helped New York during 9-11: Why them and not the People of Mo.? Obama can bailout union tax takers but not Mossuri tax payers. Why? All the Emergency People of 9-11 are better than the people of 5-11? Why do they take Mossuri Federal Taxes if its not to help during an emergency?

      • portia

        Firstly, I do believe we should help the good people of MO…but, the state of MO gets more back from the federal government than they pay in in taxes…one of the many states that do…all of you who hate the NE states and CA should remember that you all get more in tax dollars back than you pay in…just sayin’

      • BJ


        You really want to compare the amount of money that a bank like Wells Fargo pays in taxes and the number of jobs that company creates to a small town that had a portion of it destroyed by a tornado. Many of those banks didn’t want the bailout. Many have repaid the “loan” in full.

        I’m all for helping folks out when they run into tragedy (like this). I’m just sick of people vilifying business, painting them as free-loaders.

      • Dave C

        Because it is run by a bunch of progressives who care not a whit about the Constitution or the rule of law. TARP and all the subsequent bail outs were wholly unconstitutional. You do not pay federal taxes so that the government will come in and fix your home if a tornado hits it. That’s what insurance is for. You pay taxes so the federal government can do its (quite limited) constitutionally mandated work and nothing more. Read Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution and see just how little the federal government is empowered to do.

  • Melvin

    I know the government has to help, but someone answer this if the government is going to cover this 100% then why are we having to pay property insurance? So who is going to pay the government with borrowed money, or the insurance companies?
    I have been paying my insurance company over 20 years in premiums for my how insurance and we were hit with a huge increase a year ago. If the government is going to cover the cost of the damages then that lets the insurance companies off the hook to pay home and business owners.
    Senator Burr needs to think before he runs his chops for a sound bite.
    We just had a tornado go through here earlier this month tore up some neighborhoods, and FEMA was here briefly, but they were setting up loans and not grants.

    • humanriff


      You have hit the nail on the head. I read recently that US property insurance companies are already on the hook for $50 bn for just the last few week’s weather activitity, and hurricane season has not started yet. This is just a bail out for insurance companies and state and local government and has nothing to do with helping individual people.

    • Melvin

      Senator Blunt and not Burr

  • HMS

    Is the Fed reimburing the state/local government in the Alabama / Georgia Tennessee tornados at the 100% rate – answer is No but all of thses states voted against Obama.

    • portia

      What does that have to do with anything…I am 61 years old and I don’t remember ANY disaster being fully funded by our government…including Katrina, Andrew, etc…I think 75% is over the top, but that is what the feds offered…stop making this a political issue…HOWEVER, if you want to blame Obama, then look what all Blunt’s fellow Republicans said…NO emergency monies unless there are offsets in the budget…nice people, those Republicans…I can’t wait until disaster strikes in their home states

  • pismoclam7

    No $2 billion to Egypt. Help Joplin> xcan Obama.

  • Dan Coates

    I thought all those “Red” states/T-Bagger folks” were into self-sufficiency? Wow, doesn’t take much for them to start whining and begging. Hmmmmm, one week of Bush’s war in Iraq would cover the cost of Joplin, send “W” and Cheney the bill!

    • heatherfeather

      Bush’s war. Right. Obama ended it the day he took office.

      And a lot of people are self-sufficient and have their own insurance, but government and its media don’t speak for them.

    • Rowdy Choate

      We still have red jobs and will Help our own people down here. You see all the volunteers working there now? Thats us in the south helping our neighbors! Tell your president to stay on vacation and we can handle it ourselfs. Just like we are going to do our boarders here in Texas. But we want to cut off all your refined oil and gas, so we can use it in Mo. Also, we probaly wont send any Beef or Produce to all you blue states because we need to feed our own here! And we will continue to take all your jobs to get these people back to work. You keep your government welfare and we will pass!

      • BMcC724

        It’s a deal! We in CA would take that offer in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, your Republican Senator has his greedy hand out. Keep you beef, your pollution & your stinky oil. Don’t let the screen-door hit you on the way out. Try edumahcayshun someday. It’s not nearly as painful as ignorance.

      • Knocker

        BMcC724 seems to forget that it is “stinky oil” that makes modern civilization run. Vegetables grown in CA go to the Midwest to get packaged and then get shipped back to CA to be sold. That doesn’t happen without oil. Oh, and the cellophane wrappers that the vegetables are packaged in…that is made using oil, too.

    • Edge of Red

      Considering that a lot of us here in AL are already rebuilding with little to no federal aid, we sure are “whining”. Might want to get your facts straight before you go running your mouth.

  • Randall Bennington

    Why should my tax dollars go to pay for some imbecile’s house in the Mid-West. You’re the morons that built your houses in the middle of ‘tornado ally’. What the name didn’t give it away? It’s called insurance!
    All you people in fly over country cry cry cry about socialism, and how no one cares about you, but the moment you have a little wind & rain, its gimme gimme gimme.
    I personally think this is just a sign that God hates evangelical Christians, and has chosen to smite you. And who am i to question the will of God?
    And as for Blunt: suck my Blunt!

  • H. Stern

    What would the Amish do? They would get together and rebuild and not want a dime from anybody. Maybe there is a lesson to be learned in that philosophy. We are all too greedy and always want to one up our neighbor. Like like the Amish.

    • portia

      Well, go live with the Amish…they don’t do ANYTHING for this country other than take up space…they refuse to serve in the military…in ANY capacity…so, let’s not bring others into the conversation who don’t belong in it

  • Karen

    We had tornados rip through Virginia a month ago. The Feds turned us down entirely for disaster relief. Ditto Texas after its fires. No Joplin is to get between 75 and 100% of its costs reimbursed?!? If there IS a role for federal dollars in disaster aid (and there’s a legitimate argument to be made that there shouldn’t be), there needs to be some formula in place. The money shouldn’t be somethign that a president and his appointees can grant or withhold at their whim.

    • portia

      Texas DID get help with their wildfires…just not as much as they wanted…maybe is it too political, but that is always going to be a problem, regardless of who’s in office…and, I do like your formula idea, unfortunately, formulas can be worked around just like polls do…you can always get the answer you want depending on who’s doing the polling OR the formula

    • JTBadger

      Virginia & Texas both have Republican Governors and Missouri has a Democrat – not that Obama would play politics with Federal Disaster Relief (s). Just sayin’.

      • BIG T


      • Rowdy Choate

        Ditto, this Government aint forthe people they are strickly for the Vote! We wont vote for him no matter how he opresses our states in the South!

    • BMcC724

      You people are so self-assuredly fact-free, it would be a great relief if you would leave the union. We’ve got work to do & little time for clueless.

  • RLA Bruce

    If a single home is burned to the ground there’s no chance the Fed’s would (or should) do anything to help. But because it’s a widespread disaster beyond the ability of the locals to take care of, the Feds do have a recognizable role in the recovery effort.

    Now, about the wildfire damage in Texas….

  • HuntingMoose

    100% ? What about insureance and those taking the risk of not having insurance?

    I am all for helping the people down there but this knee-jerk reaction sounds inconsistent with the concept of people buying their own insurance.

    This is nothing short of expanding ObamaCare to general insurance

  • BillyDs

    How much money can we spend on the Global warming scam to make tornadoes and hurricanes to go away? **Chuckle**

  • S

    Wow Randall – you’re a real pr!ck.

  • John Boy

    Why does everyone think this is something the federal government should pay for? This is a state issue. Nothing comes without a price and the price here is MORE dependency on federal government and having them crawl more and more into our lives.

  • Gary

    This is what insurance and reinsurance companies are for. Asking the federal government to pay for every emergency is the equivalent of saying “we are going to put a lien on every taxpayer’s home to pay for this.” Moreover, the federal government has nowhere near the incentive for efficiency that insurance companies have – evidenced by today’s report of $3 BILLION in tax dollars squandered by just one gov’t agency, the NSF, on high priorities like jello-wrestling and sick-shrimp-on-a-treadmill.

  • Constitution First

    Depends? Did you vote for the Anointed One? Now that’s “Fundamental Change.”

    • portia

      I am 61 years old and I have NEVER seen the kinds of fundamental changes to our government and our country as under Bush/Cheney…disgraceful

  • Steve M.

    Roy- That’s what taxes and insurance is for. In the meantime, donations and events for the area by private parties will continue!!! We have run out of public money and the US Cosntitution does not provide for the Treasury to act as a a charitable organization!!!!



  • chemcounter

    He is asking for the reimbursement of cost of the state and local first responders. He is NOT asking for every person with a loss to be reimbursed by the government. There is a big difference.

    I disagree with his arguement though because all of the state and local agencies have received homeland security grants and stimulus funds just to be prepared for these situations. Most of the agencies have ballooned because of these grants and are nothing more than new beaurocracies. I would also argue that any of the agencies that received these funds should have to reimburse them if they didn’t respond to this incident.

  • Diogenes

    MAybe if tax rates weren’t so high, we could just save money and take care of ourselves. But, the federal government bleeds the tax payers dry and leaves us less than half what we earn. Most of that money is sent overseas or redistributed to the non-working leisure class in the form of welfare, etc. IF we could save and take care of ourselves we would not need the state or federal governments. But they take our money and then tell us they’ll take care of us with our own money.

  • Bob A

    So now the tax payer must pay for tornado, hurricane, flood, drought damage. We are spending 1.5 Trillion dollars a year over what we are taking in. And this idiot wants to bankroll everything! Thats the way the communists do it except they don’t pay anybody anything because they have run out of people to steal from.

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