According to this article on the Think Progress website, Hurricane Irene was a message from none other than the big guy in the sky.
Joining such distinguished public policy thinkers as Pat Robertson and birther evangelist Joseph Farah in seeing divine political interference in natural disasters, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said yesterday that Hurricane Irene was a message from God. Speaking Sarasota, Florida, Bachmann suggested God used the hurricane and last week's earthquake to tell politicians to cut spending, the St. Petersburg Times reports:
"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending."
Setting the example to rein in this spending, G.O.P.-backed Florida governor Rick Scott started a new drug test for the welfare program where the recipient of benefits would have to go through a drug test before getting aid. Only 2% are failing the tests.
From the article:
The Tampa Tribune did some research to discover how much Scott's stereotyping will cost the state:
Cost of the tests averages about $30. Assuming that 1,000 to 1,500 applicants take the test every month, the state will owe about $28,800-$43,200 monthly in reimbursements to those who test drug-free.
That compares with roughly $32,200-$48,200 the state may save on one month's worth of rejected applicants.
Net savings to the state: $3,400 to $5,000 annually on one month's worth of rejected applicants. Over 12 months, the money saved on all rejected applicants would add up to $40,800 to $60,000 for a program that state analysts have predicted will cost $178 million this fiscal year.
God's not gonna be happy.
Obama, on the other end, just kept it simple and blamed George W. Bush for the current deficit state.