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Our Congressman, Jim Jordan visited Oberlin on May 13th. Among other things, he was asked why he, twice, voted to deny federal assistance to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. His answer was that he would not vote to help those people unless the money was secured from some particular source.

Jordan appeared at the Township Hall in Amherst on May 30 and was asked a follow up question: What source would he take the money from if a disaster struck our district? His answer: “That’s easy. The IRS.”

I found this answer to be puzzling. Is it possible that this man has been in Congress since 2007 and doesn’t know how funds are allocated? Or was he just throwing out an answer that he knew wasn’t true because he thought his audience, which were largely Tea Party members, would like? The IRS collects taxes and that is the money the government runs on. However, no Congressman can take money for his district unless the rest of the government agrees to it.

_ Janet Garrett, Oberlin

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