Skip to comments.Christie: House Inaction On Sandy Aid ‘Inexcusable’
Posted on 01/02/2013 12:07:17 PM PST by Hoodat
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is fuming over the Houses decision to not hold a vote on Superstorm Sandy relief package.
Speaking at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, the Republican governor said the only group to blame for decision is the Houses GOP majority and Speaker John Boehner.
Christie said he tried calling Speaker John Boehner four times Tuesday night, but Christie said Boehner didnt take his call.
Christie says the storm aid measure is not something you play politics with when people are suffering. Christie said our people were played last night as a pawn. And thats why people hate Washington D.C.
Christie was just one of several New Jersey elected officials, from both sides of the aisle, who lambasted Boehners decision to not hold a vote.
Earlier in the day on Wednesday, Christie and New York Governor Cuomo released the following joint statement on the failure to pass the Hurricane Sandy Relief Package:
With all that New York and New Jersey and our millions of residents and small businesses have suffered and endured, this continued inaction and indifference by the House of Representatives is inexcusable. It has now been 66 days since Hurricane Sandy hit and 27 days since President Obama put forth a responsible aid proposal that passed with a bipartisan vote in the Senate while the House has failed to even bring it to the floor. This failure to come to the aid of Americans following a severe and devastating natural disaster is unprecedented. The fact that days continue to go by while people suffer, families are out of their homes, and men and women remain jobless and struggling during these harsh winter months is a dereliction of duty. . .
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No, Chump. YOU were played like a pawn the week before the election. Obama gave you the same help that he gave Katrina victims - ZERO. What a sucker Christie is.
Time for Chris Crisco to switch parties. Good riddance.
Feds handing NYC kids $30 million for free lunch as Sandy aid whether they need it or not
free lunches should make Fat Bastard in NJ happy ,too.
Heck Christie Cream, just fly down to Hawaii and have a walk on the beach with OBobo, things will look much better then..............Ahole.
Not Yours to Give
Speech before the House of Representatives by David (Davy) Crockett
One day in the House of Representatives, a bill was taken up appropriating money for the benefit of a widow of a distinguished naval officer. Several beautiful speeches had been made in its support. The Speaker was just about to put the question when Mr. Crockett arose:
Mr. Speaker — I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the suffering of the living, if suffering there be, as any man in this house, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for a part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has no power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was in office to the day of his death, and I have never heard that the government was in arrears to him.
Every man in this House knows it is not a debt. We cannot, without the grossest corruption, appropriate this money as the payment of a debt. We have not the semblance of authority to appropriate it as a charity. Mr. Speaker, I have said we have the right to give as much money of our own as we please. I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week’s pay to the object, and, if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks.
He took his seat. Nobody replied. The bill was put upon its passage, and, instead of passing unanimously, as was generally supposed, and as, no doubt, it would, but for that speech, it received but few votes, and of course, was lost.
Later, when asked by a friend why he had opposed the appropriation, Crockett gave this explanation:
Several years ago I was one evening standing on the steps of the Capitol with some other members of Congress, when our attention was attracted by a great light over in Georgetown. It was evidently a large fire. We jumped into a hack and drove over as fast as we could. In spite of all that could be done, many houses were burned and many families made homeless, and, besides, some of them had lost all but the clothes they had on. The weather was very cold, and when I saw so many women and children suffering, I felt that something ought to be done for them. The next morning a bill was introduced appropriating $20,000 for their relief. We put aside all other business and rushed it through as soon as it could be done.
The next summer, when it began to be time to think about the election, I concluded I would take a scout around among the boys of my district. I had no opposition there, but, as the election was some time off, I did not know what might turn up. When riding one day in a part of my district in which I was more a stranger than any other, I saw a man in a field plowing and coming toward the road. I gauged my gait so that we should meet as he came to the fence. As he came up, I spoke to the man. He replied politely, but, as I thought, rather coldly.
I began: “Well, friend, I am one of those unfortunate beings called candidates, and ...”
“Yes, I know you; you are Colonel Crockett. I have seen you once before, and voted for you the last time you were elected. I suppose you are out electioneering now, but you had better not waste your time or mine. I shall not vote for you again.”
This was a sockdolager... I begged him to tell me what was the matter.
“Well, Colonel, it is hardly worth-while to waste time or words upon it. I do not see how it can be mended, but you gave a vote last winter which shows that either you have not capacity to understand the Constitution, or that you are wanting in the honesty and firmness to be guided by it. In either case you are not the man to represent me. But I beg your pardon for expressing it in that way. I did not intend to avail myself of the privilege of the constituent to speak plainly to a candidate for the purpose of insulting or wounding you. I intended by it only to say that your understanding of the Constitution is very different from mine; and I will say to you what, but for my rudeness, I should not have said, that I believe you to be honest....But an understanding of the Constitution different from mine I cannot overlook, because the Constitution, to be worth anything, must be held sacred, and rigidly observed in all its provisions. The man who wields power and misinterprets it is the more dangerous the more honest he is.”
“I admit the truth of all you say, but there must be some mistake about it, for I do not remember that I gave any vote last winter upon any Constitutional question.”
“No, Colonel, there’s no mistake. Though I live here in the backwoods and seldom go from home, I take the papers from Washington and read very carefully all the proceedings in Congress. My papers say that last winter you voted for a bill to appropriate $20,000 to some suffers by a fire in Georgetown. Is that true?”
Well, my friend, I may as well own up. You have got me there. But certainly nobody will complain that a great and rich country like ours should give the insignificant sum of $20,000 to relieve its suffering women and children, particularly with a full and overflowing Treasury, and I am sure, if you had been there, you would have done just as I did.”
“It is not the amount, Colonel, that I complain of; it is the principle. In the first place, the government ought to have in the Treasury no more than enough for its legitimate purposes. But that has nothing to do with the question. The power of collecting and disbursing money at pleasure is the most dangerous power that can be intrusted to man, particularly under our system of collecting revenue by tariff, which reaches every man in the country, no matter how poor he may be, and the poorer he is the more he pays in proportion to his means. What is worse, it presses upon him without his knowledge where the weight centers, for there is not a man in the United States who can ever guess how much he pays to the government. So you see, that while you are contributing to relieve one, you are drawing it from thousands who are even worse off than he. If you had the right to give anything, the amount was simply a matter of discretion with you, and you had as much right to give $20,000,000 as $20,000. If you have the right to give to one, you have the right to give to all; and, as the Constitution neither defines charity nor stipulates the amount, you are at liberty to give to any thing and everything which you may believe, or profess to believe, is a charity, and to any amount you may think proper. You will very easily perceive what a wide door this would open for fraud and corruption and favoritism, on the one hand, and for robbing the people on the other. No, Colonel, Congress has no right to give charity. Individual members may give as much of their own money as they please, but they have no right to touch a dollar of the public money for that purpose. If twice as many houses had been burned in this county as in Georgetown, neither you nor any other member of Congress would have thought of appropriating a dollar for our relief. There are about two hundred and forty members of Congress. If they had shown their sympathy for the suffers by contributing each one week’s pay, it would have made over $13,000. There are plenty of men in and around Washington who could have given $20,000 without depriving themselves of even a luxury of life. The congressmen chose to keep their own money, which, if reports be true, some of them spend not very creditable; and the people about Washington, no doubt, applauded you for relieving them from the necessity of giving by giving what was not yours to give. The people have delegated to Congress, by the Constitution, the power to do certain things. To do these, it is authorized to collect and pay moneys, and for nothing else. Everything beyond this is usurpation, and a violation of the Constitution. So you see, Colonel, you have violated the Constitution in what I consider a vital point. It is a precedent fraught with danger to the country, for when Congress once begins to stretch it’s power beyond the limits of the Constitution, there is no limit to it, and no security for the people. I have no doubt you acted honestly, but that does not make it any better, except as far as you are personally concerned, and you see that I cannot vote for you.”
I tell you I felt streaked. I saw if I should have opposition, and this man should go to talking, he would set others to talking, and in that district I was a gone fawn-skin. I could not answer him, for the fact is, I was so fully convinced that he was right, I did not want to. But I must satisfy him, and I said to him,
“Well, my friend, you hit the nail upon the head when you said I did not have sense enough to understand the Constitution. I intended to be guided by it, and thought I had studied it fully. I have heard many speeches in Congress about the powers of Congress, but what you have said here at your plow has got more hard, sound sense in it than all the fine speeches I ever heard. If I had ever taken the view of it that you have, I would have put my head into the fire before I would have given that vote; and if I ever vote for another unconstitutional law I wish I may be shot.”
He laughingly replied,
“Yes Colonel, you have sworn to that once before, but I will trust you again upon one condition. You say that you are convinced that your vote was wrong. Your acknowledgment of it will do more good than beating you for it. If, as you go around this district, you will tell people about this vote, and that you are satisfied that it was wrong, I will not only vote for you, but will do what I can to keep down opposition, and perhaps, I may exert a little influence in that way.”
“If I don’t [said I] I wish I may be shot; and to convince you that I am earnest in what I say I will come back this way in a week or ten days, and if you will get up a gathering of the people, I will make a speech to them. Get up a barbecue, and I will pay for it.”
“No, Colonel, we are not rich people in this section, but we have plenty of provisions to contribute to a barbecue, and some to spare for those who have none. The push of crops will be over in a few days, and we can then afford a day for a barbecue. This is Thursday; I will see to getting up on Saturday week.. Come to my house on Friday, and we will go together, and I promise you a very respectable crowd to see and hear you.”
“Well, I will be here. But one thing more before I say good-bye. I must know your name.”
“My name is Bunce.”
“Not Horatio Bunce?”
“Well, Mr. Bunce, I never saw you before though you say you have seen me, but I know you very well. I am glad I have met you, and very proud that I may hope to have you for my friend.”
It was one of the luckiest hits of my life that I met him. He mingled but little with the public, but was widely known for his remarkable intelligence and incorruptible integrity, and for a heart brimful and running over with kindness and benevolence, which showed themselves not only in words but in acts. He was the oracle of the whole country around him, and his fame had extended far beyond the circle of his immediate acquaintance. Though I had never met him before, I had heard much of him, and but for this meeting it is very likely I should have had opposition, and had been beaten. One thing is very certain, no man could now stand up in that district under such a vote.
At the appointed time I was at his house, having told our conversation to every crowd I had met, and to every man I stayed all night with, and I found that it gave the people an interest and a confidence in me stronger than I had ever seen manifested before. Though I was considerably fatigued when I reached his house, and, under ordinary circumstances, should have gone early to bed, I kept up until midnight, talking about the principles and affairs of government, and got more real, true knowledge of them than I had got all my life before. I have known and seen much of him since, for I respect him no, that is not the word I reverence and love him more than any living man, and I go to see him two or three times a year; and I will tell you sir, if everyone who professes to be a Christian, lived and acted and enjoyed it as he does, the religion of Christ would take the world by storm.
But to return to my story. The next morning we went to the barbecue, and, to my surprise, found about a thousand men there. I met a good many whom I had not known before, and they and my friend introduced me around until I had got pretty well acquainted — at least, they all knew me. In due time notice was given that I would speak to them. They gathered up around a stand that had been erected. I opened my speech by saying:
“Fellow-citizens — I present myself before you today feeling like a new man. My eyes have lately been opened to truths which ignorance or prejudice, or both, had heretofore hidden from my view. I feel that I can today offer you the ability to render you more valuable service than I have ever been able to render before. I am here today more for the purpose of acknowledging my error than to seek your votes. That I should make this acknowledgment is due to myself as well as to you. Whether you will vote for me is a matter for your consideration only.”
I went on to tell them about the fire and my vote for the appropriation and then told them why I was satisfied it was wrong. I closed by saying:
“And now, fellow-citizens, it remains only for me to tell you that the most of the speech you have listened to with so much interest was simply a repetition of the arguments by which your neighbor, Mr. Bunce, convinced me of my error.”
It is the best speech I ever made in my life, but he is entitled to the credit for it. And now I hope he is satisfied with his convert and that he will get up here and tell you so.
He came upon the stand and said,
“Fellow-citizens — It affords me great pleasure to comply with the request of Colonel Crockett. I have always considered him a thoroughly honest man, and I am satisfied that he will faithfully perform all that he has promised you today.”
He went down, and there went up from that crowd such a shout for Davy Crockett as his name never called forth before.
I am not much given to tears, but I was taken with a choking then and felt some big drops rolling down my cheeks. And I tell you now that the remembrance of those few words spoken by such a man, and the honest, hearty shout they produced, is worth more to me than all the reputation I have ever made, or shall ever make, as a member of Congress.
“Now, sir,” concluded Crockett, “you know why I made that speech yesterday. There is one thing now to which I wish to call to your attention. You remember that I proposed to give a week’s pay. There are in that House many very wealthy men — men who think nothing of spending a week’s pay, or a dozen of them, for a dinner or a wine party when they have something to accomplish by it. Some of those same men made beautiful speeches upon the great debt of gratitude which the country owed the deceased — a debt which could not be paid by money — and the insignificance and worthlessness of money, particularly so insignificance a sum as $10,000, when weighed against the honor of the nation. Yet not one of them responded to my proposition. Money with them is nothing but trash when it is come out of the people. But it is the one great thing for which most of them are striving, and many of them sacrifice honor, integrity, and justice to obtain it.”
David Crockett was born August 17, 1786, at Limestone (Greene County), Tennessee. He died March 6, 1836, as one of the brave Southerners defending the Alamo.
Crockett had settled in Franklin County, Tennessee in 1811. He served in the Creek War under Andrew Jackson. In 1821 and 1823 he was elected to the Tennessee legislature. In 1826 and 1828 he was elected to Congress. He was defeated in 1830 for his outspoken opposition to President Jackson’s Indian Bill - but was elected again in 1832.
In Washington, although his eccentricities of dress and manner excited comment, he was always popular on account of his shrewd common sense and homely wit; although generally favoring Jackson’s policy, he was entirely independent and refused to vote to please any party leader.
At the end of the congressional term, he joined the Texans in the war against Mexico, and in 1836 was one of the roughly 180 men who died defending the Alamo. Tradition has it that Crockett was one of only six survivors after the Mexicans took the fort, and that he and the others were taken out and executed by firing squad.
How much money do NY and NJ take in annually in tax revenue?
Hasn’t the governor ever heard of a rainy day fund? It rained.
Quite right, low information voters used Christie’s gushing approval of Obama as their prime reason for voting for a second term. Christy was played like a chump in a perfectly-timed photo op.
People of New Jersey: you voted overwhelmingly for Obama, and now you want help. Go ask Obama, Soros and Buffet for money and leave the taxpayers alone.
Maybe, just MAYBE, this will seal the deal to break up the RINO party from the conservatives.
Sooo Gov. Chris Christie,
I guess there is a bill for kissing obammy’s rear end the week prior to the election.
Hell with you and your state.
Least that seems the message coming from boner.
Peter King was on Fox today ripping Boehner and the GOP.
Republican congressman Pete King accuses GOP leaders of ‘sticking a knife in the back’ of Hurricane Sandy victims by delaying disaster aid vote
Christy should call his chum Barry Hussein back and stop pestering the adults at work. Perhaps Barry can tease a little money out of that magic EO strokin’ pen of his.
Hey Christie...go Eff yourself you fat POS!
Shove it up your smelly Obama, Christie.
You’ve already bent over for the Obamadork, so you’re in position.
Oh, and whilst you’re bending over, just sign the document stating that you’re now an official Obamahole...e,g,..a dim-bulb-crat.
Christie knows that by trashing Republicans he will get more love from the leftist press. Christie is all about getting love from all the wrong places..first he kisses Obama’s ass, now he’s kissing the media’s ass..he wants to be the frontrunner in 2016(I still find it hard to believe that Christie can RUN anywhere LOL) Christie will run and have the full backing of the media
Hey Christie! Why don’t you hire Ray Nagin as a hurricane cleanup consultant... I hear he’s an expert in these matters.
Well, you could always go on a hunger strike....although no one would notice.
Thanks, that was awesome.
Where is your Obama now Mr Crispy?
“No, Chump. YOU were played like a pawn the week before the election”
Too bad, Fatso. Help Obama get reelected and your state can rot for all I care.
I disagree, with so much more food now available, the law of supply and demand would dictate that food prices would go down.
Why didn’t Christie call his good buddy Obama to make everything happen?
“Christie said he tried calling Speaker John Boehner four times Tuesday night, but Christie said Boehner didnt take his call.”
Copulating with the enemy, just like an election, has consequences, Chris.
There's a lot to not like about Herbert Hoover, especially compared to his truly principled Conservative predecessor, Calvin Coolidge. In some ways, Hoover evolved to a big government advocate when the economy didn't turn around as quickly as he thought it would after the correction of October 1929.
Before he altered his views, Hoover did stand for right-thinking and logic, stating:
Prosperity cannot be restored by raids upon the public Treasury.
Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body - the producers and consumers themselves.
The sole function of Government is to bring about a condition of affairs favorable to the beneficial development of private enterprise.
...and to the specific thrust of this thread, before Hoover eventually went soft, he said:
Every time the government is forced to act, we lose something in self-reliance, character, and initiative.
For all of his later faults, that was the Herbert C. Hoover worth admiring. It's a shame that Peter King and Chris Christie don't embrace that sound philosophy just as true today as it was then.
Go exchange some more spit with 0bummer, you FAT BASTARD! Maybe you’ll get what you want, RINO traitor.
Just called Gov Christie’s office and told him to go whine to Obama in Hawaii. The office number is 609-292-6000. I am sure he would like to hear from us. Oh and called King up to and told him to do the same.
...full backing from the media.
Yeah, through the primaries. Just like with Romney. Hail him through the primaries and demonize him during the election. It’s their standard operating procedure. Same with McCain.
Where was the paragon of Republican Conservativism when the maneuver on the Senate Budget Bill went on????
Typical Chris Christie - all mouth and no reality.
Meanwhile, New Jersey is STILL ranked as # 2 from the bottom as a business friendly state - which is about where it was when he took over.
Just heard the press quote from Christie, laying the blame for NJ not getting more $ ONLY on the House GOP. The nerve of this fat guy! Consequences, Chris, consequences.
In 2008 Oprah was credited with “creating” millions of Obama votes. In 2012 Christie was credited with same... as a result of his late-in-the-campaign cheerleading for Obama.
Christie: demand money from rich democrats, you tool.
I, for one, would not be surprised if Chris Christie left the Republican Party to become a dem or independent.
Peter King and Crispie Cream can both call Turbo Tim to just print more money.
These aid packages are way out of line, dressed up like Christmas trees, or should I say “Holiday” trees?
Heard today (RL Show??) that the 165+- page bill was handed to the Senate approx 15 minutes before the vote, so in essence, AGAIN, no one read the bill.
When Boner etal got around to reading it FATSO was the last thing on his mind, especially when it was found they ‘gave’ Nascar 70 some mill, money to an algae farm, money to a rum producer etc. and a couple of other zingers, PLUS adding another 3 mill to the ‘vacation’ I was seeing Red - these #’s are probably off but the ‘gist’ is definitely there - Oh signing the Exec Order that raised joebama and other govt workers pay.....
I am starting to get a deep hatred for this BO clown, I will usually just say I don’t agree with ‘his/her’ politics and leave it at that BUT this one is in a league of his own.
That line to Boner about ‘Don’t you even dare think of a ceiling/cap...etc’ is treasonous AND we are supposed to feel sorry for a group that has ‘worked’ something like 14 days in the last 4 months.......
I usually dont read long post, but this one was great and I read every word. Thanks.
Of course! But Christie is such a big sack of crap he doesn’t see it.he’s enjoying the media love too much..Christie isn’t a Republican anyway..he’s a Progressive..believes in basically the same things that Obama believes in thats why he was able to meet with him and have a little love fest with him
Festivus aluminum poles (old Seinfeld reference) and guess who gets the shaft :)
Hey Christie, Obama lied to you.
If that happens I will be the first to celebrate..the GOP needs to purge BADLY the RINOS and the progressives..and the sooner the better
The thrill is gone, huh, Fatboy?
“Christie says the storm aid measure is not something you play politics with”
It’s not playing politics to load a bill such as this one with un-related pork? To extract an extra amount that can be considered extortion to the taxpayer because the bill itself is too important to be held up because of the amount of opportunistic graft in it. To hell with Christie and King, go to the democrats and take some of your rino buddies with you. Never a hope of controlling spending if we can’t get unrelated pork removed from such important spending. The citizens of the Northeast are being held hostage by Christie, King and all the politicians who do nothing to prevent the ransom of pork spending in these bills and the politicians who add it to the bills. “No help for the truly needy unless we get our cut” that’s the problem. “Taking advantage of a crisis” what a worthless un-principled politician does.
For a huge portion of our early history, when the Constitution still meant something, the Feds were clear that disaster relief was NOT under their purview.
geez....FEMA isn’t releasing the aid already approved and keeps delaying any work being done.....WHY in the heck should we throw more money down that sewer???(FEMA not necessarily NJ....but)
I could not agree more. This list is long and the work will be hard. I am not convinced we have the time or will to salvage this mess we are in.
Zactly. I am so done with those people.
Excellent. Not a single politician today will act like Crockett did.
Shut up GAS BAG!!!! You helped elect Obama by slobbering all over him days before an election. You and your big mouth halted the momentum that Romney needed going into the election. I never want to see or hear from you again.
Maybe Bruce Springsteen could help.
I hope christie feels like he is being stabbed in the back now that the shoe is on the other foot.
Thank you for posting that.
“Christie says the storm aid measure is not something you play politics with when people are suffering. Christie said our people were played last night as a pawn. And thats why people hate Washington D.C.
Chris you stupid lard ass. This bill has $150,000,000 dollars for an Alaska fishery. PLEASE explain why that is in the bill for Sandy relief. Until then shut your literal pie hole.