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We have musicians and others putting on a performance to raise money to help with the victims of Hurricane Sandy yet....

Seems as if the government has decided to sit on their ass.

Quote: "Congress will consider helping struggling Americans and devastated communities, but only if Democrats accept comparable spending cuts.

It came as something of a shock. The same GOP lawmakers who saw no need to pay for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tax cuts for millionaires, or the Wall Street bailout said American communities struck by a natural disaster can get help, but only if the costs of the aid are offset elsewhere, penny for penny. It was a standard without precedent.

Steve M. reviewed the recent history: "Republicans, led by Eric Cantor, pulled this stunt in the spring of 2011, after a tornado cut through Joplin, Missouri, and then a couple of months later, after Hurricane Irene and an East Coast earthquake (which damaged Cantor's home state of Virginia). This was wildly unpopular, even with Virginia's Republican governor, but when has being unpopular ever prevented Republicans from posturing as obnoxious hard-asses?"

http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/13/15884696-hurricane-sandy-relief-aid-already-in-jeopardy-in-congress#.UMnzZHaABFI.facebook
 

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Hurricane Katrina struck at the end of August 2005, and congress quickly passed a bill funding $51.8 billion for relief to those impacted. Then-President George W. Bush signed the bill into law in September 2005.

A large chunk of the funds provided -- $23.2 billion -- went to individuals for housing aid and grants, while $7.7 billion went to state and local governments to reimburse costs, the Associated Press reported at the time.

A majority of lawmakers in both parties supported the bill, despite the high cost. King, along with 10 others in the House, did not. All of the 11 votes in opposition came from Republicans, including Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

King also touted the vote as an accomplishment in 2009.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/30/steve-king-hurricane-katrina-aid_n_2045172.html
 

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We have musicians and others putting on a performance to raise money to help with the victims of Hurricane Sandy yet....

Seems as if the government has decided to sit on their ass.
It's about dang time. Using federal funds to help individuals with housing our other needs is one of the worst abuses of power or government perpetrates. Bush was HORRIBLE in that way. It's ridiculous that politicians feel like it's okay to sacrifice the greater good for the sake of votes.

The concert to raise funds is the proper way to help these victims, and I commend anyone involved in that and many other relief efforts. Unfortunately, until the government STOPS stepping in for every "disaster," people will never take the necessary steps to prepare for such emergencies.
 

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OOPS! Just wondering as I have had several conservative friends telling me how the Federal Government has not done enough to help the residents of New Jersey.

Yea...well....guess what. The Governor's wife seems to be keeping close tabs on that charity she has, really close tabs. I wonder, do you think they earn interest on these funds? Then again, are those who work for the charity paid and I wonder, just wondering, how much?


Whoops! Mary Christie's Sandy Charity Has Yet To Dole Out Money
Monday, 11 March 2013


Since Republicans have become such mouth-foaming partisans, existing only on brinkmanship and putting the Kenyan socialist looking bad over country, Christie's non-partisan response made him look like a certain mayor from Newark rescuing people from burning buildings. But even if unemployment and public schools suddenly mean nothing, Christie must ensure that everything and anything pertaining to Superstorm Sandy is cleaner than a newborn. For example, Ashbritt and his wife's Sandy charity.

First Lady Mary Christie is under scrutiny after it was recently discovered that her Sandy relief fund, although raising more than $32 million, has yet to get that much needed aid to Sandy victims.


http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/mary-christies-sandy-charity-has-yet-to-dole-out-money
 
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