Not so, um, fast, Sandy victims.Conservatives and watchdog groups are waging a campaign they call Not So Fast aimed at trimming about $30 billion in “pork” from the long-delayed superstorm Sandy relief package. Some of the aid the groups are targeting include $13 billion for projects to protect against future storms in the region and $12 billion in federal Housing and Urban Development block grants.
This is the kind of thing Frank Luntz was talking about in his article today. The Republicans may mean well, but they come across ham-fisted in the approach. If Republicans want to cut some things out, they need to be upfront with both compassion and talking about how their plan to help the victims would be more successful.
In this day and age, all bills put before Congress were wrtten on a computer. How much trouble would it be to download this bill into a government website so us peons can read what is in it? A couple of keystrokes and there it is.
The reason Congress does not do this lies in the fact we would vote against each and every one of them should we taxpayers see where our money is going.
Cut the Pork? You got to be kidding me! Pork is to a politician like food is to us. They got´s to have it!
At some point, people who live on the coast have to understand that they are vulnerable to storms like this. It is not the responsibility of those inland to pay for the losses they sustain. Likewise, it is not the responsibility of the coastal dwellers to pay for tornado damage in Oklahoma. BUY INSURANCE! Quit tapping the government teat every time something happens.
Conservatives should show the same "compassion" as liberals showed during the tornado strikes in Tuscaloosa and Missouri...or when Nashville was washed away. Like three year olds, liberals are the first one to cry for mommy when the excretment hit the fan. Conservatives will NEVER be viewed as ´conpassionate" - regardless of what they do. The media context of "heartless" is set in stone whenever Conservatives push back in any way....
What did the folks do in the disasters mentioned above?...rolled up their sleeves and fix the problem themselves....Liberals jump up and down, cry and scream for nanny....disgusting lot...
I applaud those who utilized earth from the foundation of the World Trade Center to raise flood plain by 4 feet. Mother nature has just demonstrated that they should have raised half the area by 8 feet. The original developers, the city, and the current owners need float a bond issue remedy the earlier oversight. This was a mistake, not an excuse to pick the taxpayers pockets.
Roughly 10 years ago a tropical depression slowly circled Houston and dumped a record amount of rain. The Medical Centers knew that electrical in the basement was a mistake that needed fixing but hadn´t acted. Those New Yorkers with electrical in basement knew they had to correct the placement and had Houston as an example.
The good news, interest rates have never been so cheap.
The Republicans are the worst at messaging. Although, anyone with common sense could see that, yes, infrastructure projects are "pork" in a bill of this type, but clearly our country is lacking common sense or it wouldn´t be in the mess we´re in now.
Not only the removal of $30 Billion of pork in this bill, but a repeal of the $76 Billion of "Tax Extenders" in the Fiscal Cliff Bill should be sent back to the Senate for Passage. The Sandy Victims are being used as hostages to get this "Special Interest" pork through.
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Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
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