2011/03/11

More on Republican budget-cutting

When you think of Republicans and the budget and their advertised desire to reduce the budget as much as possible, just take a look at Japan and their tsunami (And please remember that the disaster also affects two nuclear power plant units) that struck Thursday night and remember that Republicans want to drastically cut the disaster-preparedness budget. Apparently, Republicans think disaster preparedness is a silly luxury item and that we can better spend that extra money on a war halfway across the world or upon tax cuts for the rich.
Update:

Fukushima nuclear power plant explodes


Japan is battling to stave off a nuclear disaster after an explosion at a north-eastern nuclear plant in the wake of the enormous earthquake and tsunami.
Authorities are evacuating tens of thousands of residents living within a 12 mile (20km) radius of the Fukushima Daiichi plant and those within 6 miles of a second installation in Futuba, 150 miles north of Tokyo.
The explosion followed warnings of a possible meltdown after problems with the cooling system and confirmation of a radiation leak at Fukushima No 1 plant. But nuclear safety officials said it was unlikely the reactor had suffered serious damage, according to the Kyodo news agency.
It is feared that 1,300 people died in Friday's double disaster, most being killed as the wall of mud and water engulfed buildings, roads and vehicles, Japanese media reported. But the priority now is to tackle the crisis at the power plant.
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