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Cantor’s Foreign Aid ‘Trial Balloon’ Is Popped

Either that, or he never had a clue

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Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia).(Wikipedia)

Last week, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia), currently the only Jewish Republican legislator, floated the idea of separating Israel’s aid from the rest of the foreign aid budget, so that the forthcoming Republican majority could more easily squash any Obama administration aid bill that funds countries which “do not share U.S. interests,” according to JTA.

Though various political players might, right now, wish to suck up to the man who is, after all, likely about to become the powerful House Majority Whip, Cantor’s idea was apparently so bad that pre-emptive sucking-up was put on hold: Instead, the “pro-Israel” community immediately worried that opposing foreign aid would buttress American isolationism, which they see as countervailing Israel’s interests; soon, none other than AIPAC itself came out against Cantor’s proposal (“A robust foreign aid budget is a strong signal of U.S. leadership around the globe”). Even as he was careful to praise Cantor’s pro-Israel bona fides, the National Jewish Democratic Council’s David A. Harris pounced on Cantor’s “disturbing policy.” As James Besser cogently explained, “The last thing those leaders want is to open up any discussion of whether Israel’s $3 billion in aid still makes sense. They like things the way they are: Automatic, buried in a bigger appropriation even if Israel’s is the biggest chunk, a political given.”

Now, the damage control has begun: The Republican Jewish Coalition says Cantor’s proposal was a “trial balloon.” “After conferring with top-level staff at the Whip’s office, our best information is that the press hyped Cantor’s somewhat off-the-cuff comments into something more than intended, i.e. a trial balloon.”

That is one explanation. Maybe there is another, though? Maybe Eric Cantor is a haircut whose idea of governing is reflexively opposing whatever the president’s foreign policy priorities are, and he was (and remains) too stupid to realize that the implications of his reckless politicking would be to backfire against an issue—being pro-Israel—that he subscribes to genuinely but in much the same way that a five-year-old genuinely subscribes to the belief that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles deserve to triumph over Shredder?

I mean, I don’t actually think that’s true. Am just floating a trial balloon.

(I am also interested to see how JTA, which has just been accused of journalistic malfeasance, or perhaps of “somewhat” malfeasance, will respond.)

Cantor’s Proposal—A Trial Balloon? [Capitol J]
Cantor: Take Israel Out of Foreign Aid [JTA]
Op-Ed: Cantor’s Foreign Aid ‘Gimmick’ Is Dangerous [JTA]
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So the National Jewish Democratic Council finds Cantor’s proposal “disturbing”? Even more disturbing to them is how a Jew dares to be somethinhg other than a Democrat. Their main function is obvioulsy to keep Jews in line -in other words on the plantation-Jews must vote Democrat- we owe that to them-or so they think.

I have to respectfully disagree with Garry concerning the opinion that all Jews have to be Democrats. Jews don’t have to be anything, that’s the fabulous thing about being Jewish. However, the Democratic party does encompass many of the precepts of Judaism, such as helping those in need, sharing our bounty, fair pay for labor (no exploitation), and freedom of choice. This just names a few. These clearly are not in the Republican platform. I am not quite sure how Eric Cantor can declare in one breath that he is a Jew and then vote against extending unemployment benefits to those in need. That a conundrum. Perhaps Garry needs to do some rereading of the Torah.

Deb, sorry to burst your bubble, but on average Conservatives are more generous than Liberals.

Also, Garry is right. NJDC has copied Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment and uses it very liberally.

Perhaps you should reread the Torah since it is not a guidebook for modern liberalism.

Can you shed some light on your assertion at the end of the article:

“(I am also interested to see how JTA, which has just been accused of journalistic malfeasance, or perhaps of “somewhat” malfeasance, will respond.)”

I’m not really sure what you’re talking about and a quick Google didn’t lead to any news directly related to that statement. Could you possibly include a link? Thanks.

Cantor may be Jewish, but sechel he ain’t got – at all.

Dorothy Wachsstock says:

It is evident that none of the above people are aware of the Republican Jewish Coalition that has thousands of Jewish republicans all over the country.

The late Jessie Helms was interviewed, I think by Brian Lamb on c-span but I may not be correct that it was him, and Sen. Helms said that the money we give to Israel should be taken out of the Defense Budget since it would cost us more if we had to put ships in the Mediteranean and keep them there for our own national interests.

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