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GOP to NY, NJ: Drop Dead!
Posted - 1/2/2013 1:43:22 PM | show profile | flag this post
House Republicans have blocked any vote on disaster recovery aid for New York and New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Gotta love Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) anger over his own party's laziness -- he's telling people in the affected area to refuse to donate to any politicians until Congress acts.
You gotta figure not enough billionaires were affected by the storm -- heck, the GOP couldn't move fast enough to bail out Wall Street in '08. Rockaway Beach, not so much.
Posted - 1/2/2013 2:12:43 PM | show profile | flag this post
Even I did not like
The pork thrown into this bill ($150 million in aid to Alaskan fisheries?? Seriously?? Sandy got THAT far???)
IF there was a way to strip the garbage from the bill, I'd be all for it. And while it is funny to watch die-hard Republicans (again) pontificate on Fox on how Obama just 'takes care of his own' 'Obama's stash' etc etc--but we need a billion to rebuild Jersey Shore!!--
There is merit in the request. The new Congress should strip the crap from relief bill and re-introduce it first thing. Then we'll see what Speaker Cantor does with it.
Posted - 1/2/2013 2:39:42 PM | show profile | flag this post
i've said this before..it'd solve problems like this..
if the president had what virtually every state governor in america does have..
the line-item veto..
Posted - 1/2/2013 2:55:17 PM | show profile | flag this post
this is personal and upsetting. I hope billionaire Bloomberg goes after all the Repugs who blocked this. my NYC building was badly flooded and will not be back to normal until the spring. everything inside my mother's beach house in NJ was under water and totally ruined. I'm luckier than many. I'm not homeless as are friends who live at the shore year round.
my summer yoga teacher is sleeping on a couch some
where; other people I know in NJ are living with relatives.
Posted - 1/2/2013 3:15:10 PM | show profile | flag this post
all the pork put into disaster relief bills.
I agree with the need for a line-item veto.
That being said, Gov Christie just summed it up when he said, "This (delaying the aid vote until the next Congress) is why America hates Congress."
He's ripping his party and Congress in general a new one in his live news conference right now.
Posted - 1/2/2013 4:37:50 PM | show profile | flag this post
and well he should have ripped them..
i'd submit that chris christie is the kind of person you'd hope to see running the republican party in the near future..
imagine.. a powerful republican who's actually thinking of his citizens BEFORE thinking of party loyalty and grover norquist..
who's actually willing to TALK with democrats..
will wonders never cease?..who'da thunk it?
Posted - 1/2/2013 5:34:06 PM | show profile | flag this post
Village: prayers and wishes don't mean much...
... but you have them from up here.
Too many people in the world outside america, like me, love NYC (even brooklyn).
you're bigger, you're better.
We got yer back, will visit, will support, even if the Red States don't.
Posted - 1/2/2013 5:59:06 PM | show profile | flag this post
cdn, thanks for your kind words.
at times like this I even like Christie.
Posted - 1/2/2013 7:13:22 PM | show profile | flag this post
while I agree in principle
That the 'line item veto' is a good idea, be it Governor or President; why are we letting the legislators off the proverbial hook?? If you didn't put a 'bridge to nowhere' in an education bill, or a 'port renovation' in a 'farm bill'...we wouldn't need the veto. That's a failure of leadership (and cajones) on the part of Congressional leaders, not the WH.
There has GOT TO BE a way we can come up with a reasonable bill to help the Sandy victims without the waste. Throwing up your hands and saying "We'll wait for the next Congress" in two days is bullshit...especially if we have the same leadership.
Posted - 1/2/2013 7:49:15 PM | show profile | flag this post
There's no excuse
...for $150,000,000 for an Alaskan fishery. If that's in there, shame on whomever put it there--Republican or Democrat.
It's amazing to me how Congress, with Americans openly nauseated by its actions, continues to do precisely what it is that makes America hate it. I would say WTF, but I think this one deserves What The Fuck?
Posted - 1/2/2013 7:59:56 PM | show profile | flag this post
Christie's speech was straightforward, tough and very, very good. He laid out the problem, the comparisons, the unity with Cuomo and the reminder that elected officials represent all their constituents, not just some of them.
Best of all, what he said got results. Worst, he had to say it at all.
It will take years to sweep the childishness out of Congress, but it has to be swept. To continue like this is unconscionable.
Posted - 1/2/2013 9:58:48 PM | show profile | flag this post
While I agree with you in terms of Christie in this particular circumstance, let's keep in mind that the 'Governors' as a group can be, and have been, just as guilty as Congress...
Christie had no problem with hurling eggs at the WH right up until Sandy (Did you not watch his Convention Speech?). Jindal may be the worst of the bunch; literally stomping his feet for more federal money after making a name for himself telling Washington to shove it. Rick Perry right behind him. Barbour too. And we all know Palin was notorious for demanding federal money on one hand while beating up Obama on Fox with her other hand clutching a pageant sash.
And there's tons of tape of Repubs taking credit for local projects made possible by Stimulus money they spit on before.
There's plenty of hypocrisy to go around.
Posted - 1/2/2013 10:17:32 PM | show profile | flag this post
one kinda hole in your logic, mp..
perry/palin et al were republicans yelling at a democratic president and administration..as much for political points as anything..
chris christie was yelling primarily at the leadership of his own party..such as it is..
earns him a lotta points with me..the more i see him, the more i like him..
Posted - 1/2/2013 10:22:07 PM | show profile | flag this post
Posted - 1/3/2013 9:38:18 AM | show profile | flag this post
Saw a New York congress critter...
on CNN this morning, who said their states matter more than their parties in the northeast. And you can see that ever since Sandy hit. Those priorities are something most of Congress has forgotten about.
Sandy may be a force that begins to bring back bi-partisanship just as Katrina fueled hyper-partisanship in DC.