Quote from Shutdown Hinders S.D. Post-Blizzard Cleanup
"Some of these guys that we were helping today, I don't even know 'em. And they were helping me move my cows and I was helping them move theirs. You can get along. You don't have to sit there like [those] guys in Washington and squabble," Collins says.
I think it's a pretty reasonable bet that a lot of the people who would look and sound very like Mr. Collins voted for South Dakota's Kristi Noem, who (according to Wikipedia) ran on a campaign promise to defund Obamacare and supports cuts to Medicaid funding. Among other targets, she wants to cut the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicaid, and high-speed rail projects.
That's all in the spirit of helping people you don't know, in case you were wondering.
This is the hypocrisy of the Republican Right. Mr. Collins may not know the people he helped or those who helped him, but he knows they are gawd-fearin' folks who think very much as he does. They are farmers as he is and they have morals and opinions like his. That's why he's willing to help.
But moochers in some other state? No. Cut off the funding, turn your back. Leeches, good for nothings, a drain on society - our tax dollars cannot help strangers!
That's the reality of what "helping" means to GOP supporters.