“…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
~ Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address
I want to send out a big thank you to our government from hurricane-ravaged Long Island! The government is doing an outstanding job of looking out for Hurricane Sandy victims and the US taxpayer. [Just kidding]
The Senate Democrats are asking for $60.4 billion in emergency aid for Sandy relief but the problem is that much of it is nothing more than pork. The bill has come to be known as the Sandy Scam.
US Senate Republicans are accused of being obstructionists who are preventing emergency aid from going to Hurricane Sandy victims. Senate Republicans want to cut the aid package down to $23.8 billion and eliminate the pork.
You decide if this is pork or not, remembering that this is emergency aid for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Take a look at some of what is in the 94-page aid package:
- $150 million for fishery disaster areas in Mississippi and Alaska
- $20,000 for a new car for the Inspector General of the Justice Department [there is more than $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments]
- $10.8 billion for the Federal Transportation Administration
- cancellation of loans related to Hurricane Katrina
- $4 million for repairs at the Kennedy Space Center
- $3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center
- $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC
- $13 billion would go to “mitigation” projects to prepare for future storms [Amtrak would get $336 million and there is another 58.9 million Department of Agriculture request to replant trees on private property due to "unsubstantiated" estimates for damage from Sandy]
Congress traditionally operates this way and it is nothing more than taxation without representation . The pork should be dealt with in separate bills and if the projects can stand on their own merits, then give them the money.
The House is taking a wait-and-see approach to see if the Senate Republicans can get a more reasonable package.
Is this a government of the people, for the people, by the people or is it a government for the government to boss around the people?