Watch Matt Welch Talk Disaster-Relief Politics on HuffPost Live


On Monday, June 3, I participated in a HuffPost Live webchat-thingie on the shudder-inducing topic of "Could Tom Coburn Be Right?" The segment keyed off the Oklahoman Senator's consistent approach toward federal disaster relief—that the federal government does too much of it, and that it should always come with corresponding offsets in the budget. I referenced Coburn and the Oklahoma tornado tragedy in a blog post from last week titled "The 7-Step Guide to Our Idiotic Disaster-Relief Politics."

Joining me in the discussion yesterday were host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, HuffPost National Reporter Christina Wilkie, and Hurricane Katrina refugee/transplant Maria Vieages.