So Governor Christie and the Press take off on the Republicans and congress because they did not pass the hurricane Sandy relief bill. Why did they hold off? How come the media never covers that part? The answer is they want to help the Sandy victims but the bill has Billions added to it for non related things. Does anyone say that or cover it? Does anyone realize we passed a tax increase this week and ADDED to the debt? What you say? Yes we added to it because the bill had MORE SPENDING THAN THE TAX INCREASE THAT WAS IN IT. Does the President, his supporters and the press know we have a 16.5 trillion dollar debt that we are adding a trillion a year to? The federal government borrows 40 cents of every dollar it spends and when some try to curb spending they are attacked. That is the road to Greece. It is exactly how Greece got to where it is. They refused to stop anything and added more until their currency was worth nothing. Is that the legacy we want to pass to our children? In the pursuit of giving you everything and not denying ourselves anything we bankrupted your future. Great job.
Here is a partial list what was added to the 62 billion Sandy relief bill. You tell me how this helps those impacted by the storm.
Here are some of the items included in the Hurricane Sandy aid package that critics object to. Supporters say many of the appropriations are necessary to respond to disasters, though some are unrelated to the storm:
$150 million for fisheries in Alaska.
$2 million to fix museum roofs in Washington.
$20 million for watershed restoration in response to wildfires in Colorado.
$1 million for the Legal Services Corporation.
$56.8 million for tsunami marine debris remediation.
$5 million for Corps of Engineers investigations unrelated to the hurricane.
$499 million in Corps of Engineers construction funds for disasters occurring before the storm.
$578 million for flood-control mitigation projects by the corps unrelated to the storm.
$28 million for watershed protection activities unrelated to the storm.
$4 million to the F.B.I. to replace vehicles, office equipment and furniture.
$1 million for the Drug Enforcement Administration to replace 15 vehicles and equipment.
$230,000 to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to replace three vehicles and furniture.
$15 million for construction at NASA facilities, including restoration of sand berms.
$855,000 to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to replace vehicles.
$300,000 for the Secret Service to replace vehicles and communications equipment.
$50 million for National Park Service historic preservation activities.
$150 million for the Interior Department to create a fund that may be used for restoration at national parks and refuges affected by disasters.
$2 billion in Community Development Block Grant funds reserved exclusively for activities related to the mitigation of future disasters.