New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) both have well-earned reputations as political brawlers not to be messed with. Many a Democrat has felt the lash of their scorn and the blunt-force trauma inflicted by their sharp political elbows. But now House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is the focus of their opprobrium by putting off a vote on federal aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. King declared Boehner’s decision not to take action on the $60 billion Sandy bill for New York and New Jersey “disgraceful.” He said that Congress was “writing off”
Comments: This to me is the "funny side" of looking down the "fiscal cliff." After 0bama played the GOP to his will and immediately left in a prepared Air Force One, Boehner is left holding the bag to explain to fellow RINO´s why they won´t be getting these huge, unchecked billion-dollar paydays [relief aid] to their coffers.
As for Christie...eat another stick of butter. King you should know better, this bill is loaded with pork. Growup!!! Also, why should we pay for people that don´t have the common sense to purchase flood insurance living so close to the shore.
Christie and King should demand a CLEAN BILL. But, they won´t will they, cuz a lot of their own political pals will benefit from some of those lovely added "goodies." Christie is the one who is shameful.
A few years ago a number of states had a horrific ice storm, there was a lot of damage, Obama did not declare it a disaster in fact he ignored it, I didn´t hear King complaining about those people. In fact it was ignored by many, many people. Those states are still dealing with the damage done to the electric lines and the power companies are still fixing them, upgrading them etc.
why oh why do guys like King and Christie go after Boehner so much harder than they do Obama? I can´t stand Boehner so I don´t mind he´s getting smacked around but why not go harder after Obama? His FEMA has been a disgrace! Many large areas still have no power! Many residents are "people of color" How about showing the same outrage about that and blaming the man at the top, Obama! Honestly, I just want to give up.
I like King, but I want them to cut the pork out before passing another bill. This porky Sandy bill needs a haircut. We also need to re-do FEMA and the flood insurance bill. Why should landlocked people support the beachy lifestyle when they don´t live there? Nope.
Let flood insurance be market driven only, and let´s quit bailing out people who don´t have insurance. I pay it. I don´t want to subsidize you.
I think the bill for federal aid to Sandy victims might be stuck behind the one that was never passed for aid to Texas because of drought and wildfires, or to Kansas because of tornados. Both red voting states. Suck an egg, Obama voters.
Under Mr. Boehner the Republicans (not conservatives) can claim a new name for their party "The Rubber Stamp Party" or "The New French Party" surrender without thought. He has been a bumbling moron since he assumed the position (bent at the waste) of Speaker, has accomplished nothing but surrender to the Obama liberals and has no concept of conservative morals or values. The idea of fighting for what most American want is beyond his elitist capablity, are we sure he doesn´t caucus with the DNC?
Christie and King wanted money for self serving reasons. They both need to wake up and realize if $9 billion is enough they should not try to squeeze taxpayers for $60 billion! Christie is managing to irritate most Conservatives, he is not one.
There was Christie and Obama acting like CNN´s Griffin & Cooper, before the election. Now Christie Cristeen can continue the political pornography he so enjoyed in November. Maybe that´ll win him the borrowed dollars he would so like to have granted to him.
In politics, perception is reality. We have reason to know this. Americans have now twice given the presidency to Barack Obama based on nothing more than perception.
The perception that politicians -including Republicans- "didn´t care" about those whose lives have been uprooted by hurricane Sandy was wholly avoidable, and should have been avoided. Astute politicians know this.
I am beginning to think the current Republican leadership is not all that astute, and that it may be time for some major changes.
What #5, #9 and #15 said. Good for Speaker Boehner for at least trying to cut some spending. This "relief" for "hurricane sandy" is so loaded with pork that only about $9 Billion dollars of OUR money will go to assist the victims. The rest will go to pigs like Christie and Peter King, etc. Shame on them.
Other states did not receive any insurance premiums from Christie or King, and have no record of them having purchased an insurance policy, so their states seem to have elected to be self insured, and to have elected to cover their losses out of their resources.
The “feminist nightmare” is recurring. Unbowed by Politico labeling her with this epithet a couple of weeks ago, Michelle Obama continues to do what her critics regard as frightening behaviors. Last week, she assaulted independent women by showing off the White House Christmas decorations. “Our goal is for every room and every tree to tell a story,” she explained to an audience of military families in the East Room, where her two-tone gray dress matched the silver ornaments on the trees. She spoke of Christmas trees made from stacks of books (“they’re very cool!”) and described the “first dog display”
Anyone who’s ever gone on a diet is told to lay off the booze because it’s high in calories. And that, of course, must make it very fattening indeed. Go onto the NHS Direct website, and you’ll be told a glass of wine contains as many calories as a slice of cake. Or if you prefer beer, the British Nutrition Foundation reminds you two pints are roughly the equivalent in calories to a full glass of single cream. So you may be surprised to learn that there’s no scientific evidence whatsoever to support the idea that alcohol makes you on weight. That’s hugely counter-intuitive, I know, because alcohol certainly is said to contain lots of calories.
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