Thursday, May 22, 2008

Why do Republicans hate the poor?

Just when I think Republicans can't stoop any lower, I come across something like this from the National Low Income Housing Coalition that makes my blood run cold. [My emphasis]
WASHINGTON, DC - Responding to pressure from Ranking Member Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee appears to be on the verge of diverting funds designated for a housing trust fund for housing for the poorest Americans to pay for Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd’s (D-CT) new program to refinance homeowners facing foreclosure.

In his bill “The Federal Housing Finance Regulatory Reform Act of 2008,” Chairman Dodd proposes to allow the Federal Housing Administration to insure refinanced mortgages of homeowners who face foreclosure. The Congressional Budget Office estimates this new program creates a potential liability for the federal government of $1.7 billion.

Reports are that Senator Shelby will only agree to the new FHA program if it is paid for by non-taxpayer funds. Senator Dodd’s bill also creates a housing trust fund with resources from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to build or preserve rental housing for extremely low and very low income people. Senator Shelby wants those funds to be used to pay for the new FHA program instead.

After the $30 billion taxpayer guaranteed bail out of Bear Sterns and the $25 billion Senate-passed taxpayer funded bail out for homebuilders, for Committee Republicans to insist that the taxpayers should not pay $1.7 billion to prevent homeowners from losing their homes, has to be called what it is - hypocrisy,” said Sheila Crowley, President of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

In a letter today to Chairman Dodd, the National Housing Trust Fund Campaign urged him to “identify other resources to pay for the new FHA program besides the only ones in this broad housing package that are dedicated to serving the poorest families in our country.”
I can think of two sources off the top of my head: They could roll back the tax cuts on the richest Americans or ask those billionaire fund managers to pay the same tax rates on wages the rest of us do.

The Republicans continued attacks against our most vulnerable citizens is cruel and immoral, and I honestly can't understand why they continue to do so much for the rich at the expense of those with the least. I'm dumbfounded by their mean-spiritedness.

h/t Dean Baker

Cross-posted here.


Larry said...

The poor and the rest of America would be better off if they diverted funds from Bush's Iraq spending/wasting bill instead.

At least someone in need would be helped.

abi said...

I honestly can't understand why they continue to do so much for the rich at the expense of those with the least

To paraphrase the late Paul Simon, it's because people with the least tend not to be big campaign contributors. Just another good reason to take the damn money out of politics.

Lew Scannon said...

face it-if these people had anything remotely resembling compassion, they wouldn't be Republicans.

Kathy said...

Larry, the WORLD would be better off without that ill-begotten war.

Abi, I hear you, but I still can't understand why people can turn their backs on the poor. Does money and power shut down their ability to feel compassion? Apparently, so.

Lew, that's true for the ones in power, but I know average, middle-class Republicans who have compassion and care about the uninsured, poor, etc., yet they continue to vote against their own best interests. How can they not see that those Republicans at the top don't care about them, the poor or even the middle-class?