Poor Yin Yin. Just when she was finally recovering from being taken hostage by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) during the protracted debt ceiling standoff a mere three weeks ago, she has been taken hostage yet again. This time, the hostage-taker is House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who won’t release the defenseless baby panda (who this time represents disaster relief for victims of Tuesday’s earthquake) until sufficient cuts have been made to the federal budget.
After the magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit his Congressional district in Virginia on Tuesday, and with Hurricane Irene bearing down on the Atlantic Seaboard, Eric Cantor insists that no federal aid will come to Virginia without corresponding federal budget offsets. In years past, Congress has provided disaster relief outside normal budget caps and without offsets.
“All of us know that the federal government is busy spending money it doesn’t have,” said Cantor, as he aimed his pistol at the trembling baby panda. “There is an appropriate federal role in incidents like this,” indicating a willingness to provide disaster relief to his constituents, but only after his demands are met...