Obama’s Aid Package For Hurricane Sandy Includes Millions For Smithsonian And Space Center

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Legislation appropriating money to help with cleanup and rebuilding after a natural disaster are always must-pass bills, because any member of Congress daring to hold the bill up will inevitably be accused of not being sufficiently compassionate to the victims of said disaster.

Because throwing tax dollars at problems is how we measure compassion in politics.

Naturally, because of the must-pass nature of these bills, they also get loaded up with all manner of pork projects. The relief bill for Hurricane Sandy is no different:

The request, which still needs the approval of Congress, includes billions in urgently needed aide. But it also features some surprising items: $23 million for tree plantings to “help reduce flood effects, protect water sources, decrease soil erosion and improve wildlife habitat” in forested areas touched by Sandy; $2 million to repair roof damage at Smithsonian buildings in Washington that pre-dates the storm; $4 million to repair sand berms and dunes at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida; and $41 million for clean-up and repairs at eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The FBI is seeking $4 million to replace “vehicles, laboratory and office equipment and furniture,” while Customs and Border Protection wants $2.4 million to replace “destroyed or damaged vehicles, including mobile X-Ray machines.”

The Small Business Administration is seeking a $50 million slice of the pie for its post-storm response efforts, including “Small Business Development Centers and Women’s Business Development Centers.”

But remember, the problem with our debt and deficit is that we’re not taxed enough.

The Women’s Business Development Centers, separate from the Small Business Development Centers, stick in my craw by the way. Because that’s how we make things equal, right? By treating one gender better than the other?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • WOOF

    It’s always a deal.
    That’s the way Congress runs.

    • $8194357

      Crony capitalist marxist elitist steering committee congress anyway…

  • 11B40

    Greetings:

    I saw a bit of the “Sandy 12.12.12 concert on TV last evening. The tap dancing around the performance of the Obama Administration’s FEMA was interesting, and I say that as someone who has seen more than several Broadway musicals. Particularly high on the overt pandering list was one Billy Crystal who formerly was a comedian but now seems to be preparing for a run for office or, at least, an Obama medal of the David Letterman ilk.

    Roger Water’s set was particularly peculiar. Singing the “We don’t need no education” anthem (which is about what were getting) and talking about “thought control” which, in more than a way, was what the concert was trying to do. I don’t knowhow President Obama managed to stay away.

    • Bat One

      I don’t know how President Obama managed to stay away.

      Schedule conflict. Either he had a fundraiser to attend, or he was packing for his upcoming taxpayer-funded vacation.

  • ND in MD

    Don’t let a good crisis go to waste.

  • Neiman

    Why not, the American voter knew better, but they gave that bastard, and I sue the word literally, a blank check to spend, spend, spend and not cut a damn thing. The world is his oyster, who is going to stop him?

  • Snarkie

    Even Hayek allowed funding national museums and the like. Do you think we should let our national culture go by the wayside along with everything else you GOPs want to destroy or sell to a brand name?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Because the only way we can fund “national culture” is by larding funding into an unrelated disaster bill?

    • Bat One

      I don’t recall that Hayek endorsed borrowing forty cents out of every dollar spent or running up $6 trillion in new debt to pay for “national museums and the like.” Have you got a specific reference to clear up the apparent fiscal disparity, or are you just name-dropping again?

      • $8194357

        46 cents last I heard Bat..
        Barrys been very busy…

  • Bat One

    Hurricane Katrina hit the US Gulf coast on August 29, 2005. Within 10 days the Bush administration had requested the first $61 billion, out of a total of $110 billion, in federal aid for the afflicted areas. That appropriation was passed and signed by Mr. Bush on September 9th. Hurricane Sandy hit the NY/NJ coast on October 29 of this year, and the Obama regime’s request for federal aid wasn’t submitted to Congress until this past Monday, fully 6 weeks after Sandy made landfall.

    So where’s the outrage? Obama flies in, does his photo op appearance, then flies off to another Las Vegas fundraiser and a month and a half goes by before he bothers with a request to Congress for federal aid, and there is no more media outrage than there was when non-union volunteer utility workers from Georgia and Alabama who had driven north to offer their help were forced to return home by local union thugs.

    Strange, indeed. Mr. Bush is castigated for his response to Katrina, but Obama sits on his smug ass and the silence is deafening.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    the forthcoming obama depression will settle all this largess. woof can sell apples in front of the boarded up Smithsonian building

  • $8194357

    Storm clouds over America..
    Storm clouds over the world..

    How long until the world decides to
    throw Israel under the buss for “world peace”?

    Whether bond or free….
    There was no helper for Israel !

    Ezekiel 38:8-10
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    8 After many days you will be visited.
    In the latter years you will come into the land of
    those brought back from the sword
    and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel,
    which had long been desolate;
    they were brought out of the nations,
    and now all of them dwell safely.

    9 You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud,
    you and all your troops and many peoples with you.”

    10 ‘Thus says the Lord God:
    “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind,
    and you will make an evil plan:

    Psalm 148:7-9
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
    You great sea creatures and all the depths;
    8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
    Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
    9 Mountains and all hills;
    Fruitful trees and all cedars;

    Nahum 1:2-4
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    God’s Wrath on His Enemies

    2 God is jealous, and the Lord avenges;
    The Lord avenges and is furious.

    The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries,
    And He reserves wrath for His enemies;

    3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
    And will not at all acquit the wicked.

    The Lord has His way
    In the whirlwind and in the storm,
    And the clouds are the dust of His feet.

    4 He rebukes the sea and makes it dry,
    And dries up all the rivers.
    Bashan and Carmel wither,
    And the flower of Lebanon wilts.

    Matthew 16:2-4
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    2 He answered and said to them,
    “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’;
    3 and in the morning,
    ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites!
    You know how to discern the face of the sky,
    but you cannot discern the signs of the times.

    4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign,
    and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.”
    And He left them and departed.

    2 Kings 14:24-26
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    24 And he did evil in the sight of the Lord;
    he did not depart from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat,
    who had made Israel sin.

    25 He restored the territory of Israel
    from the entrance of Hamath to the Sea of the Arabah,
    according to the word of the Lord God of Israel,
    which He had spoken through His servant Jonah the son of Amittai,
    the prophet who was from Gath Hepher.

    26 For the Lord saw that the affliction of Israel was very bitter;
    and whether bond or free, there was no helper for Israel.

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