You have to admit that when the week of the GOP convention is also the week of H. Isaac, with its uncanny resemblance to H. Katrina, it’s the perfect opportunity to discuss positions on disaster aid and relief. The Huff Post notes: GOP Convention Under Storm Threat Creates Opening For Democrats On Disaster Relief Cuts;8/27/2012
A new online ad campaign launched Monday targets Republicans for proposed cuts to disaster relief funding and weather monitoring systems. The ads, launched by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, coincided with Tropical Storm Isaac’s pass over the southwest of the state, where it caused widespread power outages and forced the GOP to cancel the first day of the Republican National Convention.
As of Monday morning, the storm had moved back over the Gulf of Mexico, where meteorologists expect it to build strength before slamming into the Gulf Coast on Tuesday night as a Category 1 hurricane. The storm is currently headed straight for New Orleans, where it’s expected to reach land on or before Wednesday, seven years to the day afer Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the city.
The ad, which will appear on hundreds of thousands of computer screens across the state, features images of Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), flanked by …Sen. Marco Rubio.
“Republicans voted against disaster relief,” it reads. “Thank them here.” A click-through web page cites Ryan’s budget, which the ad says would have “cut billions from disaster relief funding.”
Some additional details about the positions of the two parties are in this HuffPost article today.