Ultra Bob:I would take the quality of action of the LDS church in
its charitable efforts over the government in most every instance.
The danger of a National Catastrophe Fund is that crooked politicians will use
it to fund phony Pork projects.Where are the private charities that
brag that they do so much better than government? After a lot of noise about
contributing and giving, it seems strangely quiet about what those private
charities are doing for the people in the Sandy crisis.As a
non-believer in private charities, I believe they are just business in disguise,
I support the use of government to provide aid and comfort to victims. Actually
the government is the only one with the resources and the attitude to provide
for the welfare of people. However each disaster aid situation
should be handled on a case by case basis and not from a general fund. The aid
should only go to people, not business. Business should not be supplemented
beyond the normal repair of the public square. Flood insurance?
The way I hear it, government flood insurance is a scam that some people use to
repeated rebuild homes placed in risky places. Get the government out of the
flood insurance business.
Mountanman,Well, if that's the case it looks like your party has no
integrity whatsoever. Boehner caved and put it to the floor for a vote after
Gov. Christie and Representative Peter King (both republicans) publicly shamed
the House leadership. If this were truly a principled stand by Boehner and the
Republicans, as you claim it is, they've let you down badly, haven't
I was pointing out that the pork is going to your Republican friends. Contrary
to what many people seem to believe, the GOP is not blameless. In fact, the
Republican Party is at least as guilty for the mess we are in as Democrats and
"liberals."People on both sides need to open their eyes.
Old Man; The truth is what you said was a lot of spin but nothing to do with
disaster relief. Thanks for making my point!
PART 2Quoting again: "What, you may ask, do these states far
from New York and New Jersey have in common?Each is not only a red
state, but each of these states are represented by two Republican
senators—with the exception of Louisiana with its one GOP senator.And what happens when you buy off seven Republican senators with a
package of goodies under the guise of storm relief supposedly meant to benefit
two blue states?You get a filibuster proof piece of
legislation."Hmmmm. See what happens when you do some research
and learn the TRUTH?You get yourself a filibuster proof piece of
MM, a little research is certainly in order. You might be interested in this
paragraph from an article I Googled up in Forbes Magazine (which, I believe, is
a very conservative publication).Quote: "However, as it turns
out, the pork portions of the Senate bill were not earmarked to benefit
Democratic members of the upper chamber of Congress. And you may be quite
surprised to discover where that money is actually headed once the rich Senate
legislation is passed by the House."The article continues:
"Why, you might ask, would the Senate be packing billions of taxpayer
dollars for these areas of the country that are nowhere near the devastation
brought about by superstorm Sandy into a bill designed to bring relief to those
suffering from the storm that ripped the northeastern part of the nation?The answer can be found in a quick review of the states that are set to
benefit from the Senate’s extra-special benevolence—states including
Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana."I'll have to
continue in another post.
But what happened to the idea that everyone should be "responsible" for
themselves? It's absolutely hilarious to hear Senators and Congressmen who
scream bloody murder about any attempts to fund programs to help people now
screaming that their districts need to benefit from "redistribution of
wealth."So are they admitting that the people who live in their
districts could actually use some help? Or are they admitting that they are
some of the 47% who are too lazy and irresponsible to be worthy of
consideration?Tea Party at its finest!
The reason the Republicans are not in favor of this disaster relief bill is
because it is full of useless pork that has NOTHING to do with disaster relief!
The only party looking out for the taxpayers is the Republican party and this so
called "disaster relief" bill proves it!