According to the GOP, if another Hurricane Katrina comes through New Orleans, no help will be sent unless either Medicare or Social Security is abolished.

Congressman Eric Cantor, R-Va., said that all money spent on disaster relief or given to FEMA would have to come out of another department’s budget, that is, until Hurricane Irene passed through his home state of Virginia, then we saw his “other” face.

The monochromatic-looking tea party, with the 1950s era ideas, and the incurious and somewhat lackluster roster of candidates they voted into office, have put us on the brink of default and the brink of a Jim Crow, states-rights form of rule.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, said, “We should be like 1900.”

He was giving his opinion on FEMA and how we should handle hurricanes.

In case you’re wondering what he was referring to, it was the Galveston hurricane of 1900. This was the hurricane that killed 8,000 people. After initially trying to put the many corpses to sea in the aftermath, (they kept washing back to shore), the city of Galveston built a funeral pyre to get rid of the bodies. They kept it burning for weeks.

This is what the GOP is suggesting and this is what their followers seem to want.

I say we abolish FEMA and the food, air and water regulatory agencies as they wish us to do. Obey the GOP when they espouse getting rid of first-responders in any emergency. Let’s see how that works.

Joseph Piper

retired communications worker

Baton Rouge