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Congress at work

Congress at work

Sandy relief becomes one giant pork chop. Seriously: we’ve lost the ability to govern ourselves.

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s $60.4 billion request for Hurricane Sandy relief has morphed into a huge Christmas stocking of goodies for federal agencies and even the state of Alaska, The Post has learned.

The pork-barrel feast includes more than $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. It also includes a whopping $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC.

An eye-popping $13 billion would go to “mitigation” projects to prepare for future storms.

Other big-ticket items in the bill include $207 million for the VA Manhattan Medical Center; $41 million to fix up eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; $4 million for repairs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida; $3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and $1.1 million to repair national cemeteries.

Budget watchdogs have dubbed the 94-page emergency-spending bill “Sandy Scam.”

Republican lawmakers say the lack of details and justifications for the spending will delay approval until after Christmas, while they analyze and document what spending is “appropriate.”

Gov. Cuomo yesterday warned Congress not to hold up the money.

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  1. Walt

    Dude –
    Here is a little something to restore our faith in humanity. If some of these don’t touch your heart and make you cry like a little bitch, you have no soul. 25 gets me every time. And 1. And 6. And 23. And….

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/moments-that-restored-our-faith-in-humanity-this-y

    Your Pal,
    Walt

  2. Anonymous

    But it’s for the people!

  3. Dollar Bill

    We’ve lost the ability to govern ourselves when we fetishize the 2nd amendment at the expense of our own children’s lives.

    • Babylon Sister

      So tell us, Dollar Bill, what laws do you propose could have prevented this massacre?

      I always find it interesting, in situations like this, that the discussion starts there…. rather than what we can do to make the innocent less vulnerable.

      Do you suppose there is a reason that these mass shootings all seem to occur at places where there are restrictions against carrying firearms? The theater in Aurora, the mall in Oregon, the elementary school in CT… all have “no guns” policies.

      So to that you will probably say – if you take away people’s right to bear arms, there wouldn’t be any guns to kill people with in the first place.

      There are laws against illegal immigrants and drugs crossing our porous borders. And they still cross our borders. In what way would laws against weapons be any more effective?

      Set emotion aside, and think about real-world consequences.

      • It’s been a long time since I took Crim Law but I’m pretty sure there was some prohibition against murder in most, if not all of our 57 states – I’d think that should stop all this nonsense pronto, if only it were enforced!

    • Libertarian Advocate

      @ Dullard Bill:

      We’ve lost the ability to govern ourselves when …

      Thank you for your insight into your soul, to the extent THAT even exists. You’ve just thoroughly betrayed your totalitarian heart.

  4. anonymous

    I hear the American Red Cross has 10s of millions of dollars they’ve collected for Hurrican Sandy but haven’t distributed it. The people need their homes repaired – they don’t need coffee & donuts.

    • Anon

      I refuse with a capital R to give $ to Red Cross. Or to a major fundraiser like that stupid as hell songfest at MSG on 12-12-12. I give to a church or civic group in that town. Then I know the $ goes to the residents most in need. Why deal with the bureaucracy of the Red Cross?

  5. burningmadolf

    CF, do you have access to the ME’s whole press conference? If so can you please post it.

  6. Great photo….
    Finally both sides working togehter instead of just covering their asses for re-election….
    Bipartisan unity…
    Leadership from behind…
    Great photo….

  7. Libertarian Advocate

    DARN, in my last comment I tried tom post embedded video code from a Portland Oregon News Station that indicates the shooter at the Clackamas Town Center Mall, probably cut short his killing spree at two innocents and took his own life because he was confronted by licensed CWP holder Nick Meli who drew on him when his rifle malfunctioned. Meli never fired because he didn’t feel he had a clean shot, but shortly after the confrontation, the shooter killed himself in a stairwell. Contrast that with the bitterly ironic “Gun Free Zone” that was Sandy Hook Elementary School, where no one but Adam Lanza was armed and therefore able to terminate the continuing active threat he posed.

    Anywhere: Here’s a URL to the Nick Meli silver lining story: http://www.kgw.com/news/Clackamas-man-armed-confronts-mall-shooter-183593571.html

  8. Anonymous

    Red Cross is a bloated beauracracy