How low can they go?

Holding the global economy for ransom by using the need to increase the U.S. debt limit as a bargaining chip for spending cuts is one thing. It is grossly irresponsible for Republicans to risk the full faith and credit of the United States and the potential to plunge the global economy back into recession in order to win policy arguments they apparently can’t win any other way.

But surely Republicans wouldn’t play such games with people’s lives following the string of devastating, deadly tornadoes that have struck the South and Midwest in recent weeks – including the tornado that cut a six-mile swath of destruction through Joplin, Mo.

Surely, they would.

Virginia U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor said Tuesday that any spending costs associated with federal disaster funding for Joplin, Missouri, tornado victims must be offset with spending cuts.

The Virginia Republican said “if there is support for a supplemental, it would be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental.”

Tying aid for disaster victims to spending cuts. As Andy Borowitz tweeted:

Eric Cantor’s official statement: “While I have never experienced a tornado per se, I do live in a moral vacuum.”

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