Journalists can always count on Orange County politicians to say something sensational on slow news days.
For example, Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) recently opined to Iraqis that they should pay the U.S. for all of the costs of the invasion and occupation of their country orchestrated by President George W. Bush and based on Bush's lie that there were WMDs hidden there.
Now, Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) is arguing that humanitarian food assistance to North Korea, a program approved in the past by Democratic and Republican presidents, should be cut under President Barack Obama.
Like prior White House occupants, Obama doesn't want the North Korean regime to get any crazier and believes that sending basic food supplies to the poor nation might help keep the nuts there calm.
But Royce doesn't want calm in North Korea. He wants to see the regime collapse right now. In hopes of rushing that goal, the congressman is using his post as a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee to chop 100 percent of the Obama Administration's budget for North Korean food.
Said Royce in a press statement this week, "Providing food aid not only allows Kim Jong Il's oppressive regime to divert scare resources toward its military program--one that has grown increasingly threatening over the past several years--but it delays the day when real, structural reform will come to North Korea."
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly