There is a lot of belly aching going on about the House of Representatives not passing the Relief Bill for the Sandy Victims. This is so typical — people and the media complain and complain, but they don’t take a closer look. So, let’s take a look at what I believe is holding them back.
These are a number of other things included in the Sandy Relief bill — take a look at where 1/3 of the money is allocated to go… note the BILLIONS of dollars with NO plan. Let’s be honest, over the last 4 years in particular, haven’t we seen far too many examples of what happens when the government has no financial plan? They waste enough money when they do have a plan…
What looks like a greatly needed bill by it’s title, turns out to be laden with Congressional pet projects and pork. Folks made fun of those who voted against the Clean Water Act for similar reasons… I mean it IS Clean Water… who could possible be against that? Same goes for this bill, the Sandy Relief package has a few items that don’t seem to fit.
Don’t ever let a Crisis go to waste. I mean you have a Hurricane and people need relief, whats wrong with adding a few items for the greater good?
Here is the list
•$2 million to repair damage to the roofs of museums in Washington, D.C., while many in Hurricane Sandy’s path still have no roof over their own heads.
•$150 million for fisheries as far away from the storm’s path as Alaska.
•$125 million for the Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Watershed Protection program, which helps restore watersheds damaged by wildfires and drought.
•$20 million for a nationwide Water Resources Priorities Study.
•$15 million for NASA facilities, though NASA itself has called its damage from the hurricane ‘minimal.’
•$50 million in subsidies for tree planting on private properties.
•$336 million for taxpayer-supported AMTRAK without any detailed plan for how the money will be spent.
•$5.3 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers – more than the Corps’ annual budget – with no statement of priorities about how to spend the money.
•$12.9 billion for future disaster mitigation activities and studies, without identifying a single way to pay for it.