NEW: Alabama GOP chairman says that the state GOP's 21-person Steering Committee met last night, and supports Roy Moore "as our nominee and trusts the voters as they make the ultimate decision in this crucial race.”
In Kansas, when revenue collapsed, Republicans didn’t respond by admitting error and restore the taxes that had been cut. They “slashed university budgets, canceled highway projects and convinced reluctant lawmakers to go along with a plan to borrow $1 billion to shore up the state’s public pension fund.” Eventually, facing continued shortfalls, Republicans voted to raise the sales tax and a tax on cigarettes which disproportionately hit the pockets of poor and working-class Kansans who had received virtually no tax cut at all. Only when spending had been slashed and regressive taxes raised did Republicans finally restore some of the taxes that had been cut.
This list is taken from the New York Times article “Thoughts and Prayers and N.R.A. Funding” written after the Las Vegas massacre. The people above are the Senate’s ten largest recipients of money from the National Rifle Association. I replaced the quotes from the article with the most recent comments made about yesterday’s (Nov. 5, 2017) shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Kicking off a news conference in San Juan, Trump couldn’t help but comment on how much Puerto Ricans, who have been without electricity and water for days, are costing the government. “Mick Mulvaney is here, right there, and Mick is charge of a little thing called budget. Now I hate to tell you Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack,” Trump said in what, at best, was a completely inappropriate joke. “Because we’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico.”
This of course, was merely a warm-up for the true highlight of Trump’s remarks, when he pushed back on comparisons between Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Katrina in the most insensitive way possible. “We’ve saved a lot of lives,” Trump said. “Every death is a horror. But if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here with really a storm that was totally overpowering, nobody’s ever seen anything like this.” While the official death toll in Puerto Rico currently stands at 16, that number hasn’t been updated in six days, given the lack of electricity and communications. Experts say the number of victims is likely far higher, and will only become clear as the disaster recovery effort progresses.