Skip to comments.Should Your Children Pay for My Rollercoaster? (On the outrage over delayed Sandy Relief)
Posted on 01/04/2013 7:14:45 AM PST by SeekAndFind
On Wednesday I joined a Facebook conversation among my New Jersey relatives and friends voicing their outrage over the delay in the $60 billion Sandy relief package.
Hoping to make people think, I wrote, "I want our roller coaster up and running by this summer, and I don't care if we have to borrow from the Chinese to do it." I was referring here to the Seaside Heights roller coaster that somehow managed to slide off its crumbling pier and land standing upright in the ocean. In the process, it became something of a symbol of Sandy's wrath.
My irony, alas, passed unnoticed. Several respondents "liked" my comment. None took me to task. Yes, of course, let us borrow from the Chinese if we have to. Why not? Everyone else is.
The criticism of the Sandy Bill to date has been about the pork the Senate larded into it: the $150 million for fisheries as far away as Alaska; the $2 million for unrelated repairs at the Smithsonian; the $50 million in subsidies for tree planting on private properties; the $336 million for AMTRAK without any real plan for how the money will be spent.
What we should be questioning, however, is the money spent on direct Sandy relief, especially since we don't actually have the money to spend. I have the uneasy feeling that taxpayers -- more accurately, their descendants -- will be paying for my rollercoaster, and no one in New Jersey or in the media anywhere seems remotely troubled by it.
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Most people are like Rep. Peter King...against hurricane aid for others, but chomping at the bit to get it for his district.
I wouldn’t be a very popular president.
I’d take the Coolidge stance and say that acts of God are not the responsibility of government.
And if Bob Smith out in Denver wants to send in as check to help out, that's nice too.
Congress?? What have they got to do with any of this?
The Chinese quit lending us money several years ago.
Nearly 100% of the current Federal deficit is financed by the Benbernank’s printed money.
Think “Weimar Germany” and “Zimbabwe”.
Eventually we’ll all be millionaires.
Poor Bush had to do that, but now Baraq just has Turbo Timmy and The Bernank create it electronically. Problem solved!
From what I’ve been hearing is that that bill had so much pork in it not even a Muslim would touch it.
Why doesn't someone ask Crispy Creme why NJ cannot foot the bill?
All these people have to do is come to the MS gulf coast to find out who gets the “Rebuilding” money.
Hint: It ain’t the little people.
This is a lie that the Left tells, and the American public believes, time after time after time. “Hurricane Relief” is portrayed as helping people who are literally homeless and without food and clean water. Yet it turns out that a big chunk of the money is to pay for non-essential services to get everything up and running exactly as it was before. Like a rollercoaster. And then the politicians get their grubby hands on the money and channel it to other causes too under the shield of “hurricane relief.” Its all a boondoggle.
Just days after the storm I saw the NJ Mayor saying that he knows that FEMA doesn’t normally pay for dune restoration but he was hoping that they would in this case.
Too bad for B Wacky the Chinese laughed at him.
Joe gets mugged on the street, at knife point the thug takes Joe's wallet containing his grocery and rent money.
Joe cries out for help and a cop arrives. The cop places Joe against a wall and takes his watch and ring and says he would take Joe's gold tooth if he had pliers before departing.
Joe goes to court and there in the courtroom are the mugger and cop giving each other high fives and laughing at Joe.
Joe points out the pair to the judge but is over ruled as the judge asks if Joe wears size 10 wide shoes.
Joe leaves the court room shoeless and as he passes the bailiff asks if Joe's suit is a 44 long.
Joe got away with his shirt and boxer shorts but don't feel too bad for Joe, he's just a taxpayer.
For a moment there, I thought the story was about Joe the Hurricane Victim...
The fiscal cliff deal contains some 12 billion in tax credits for the wind energy. How bout a deal?
They get their $9 billion if wind loses the $12 billion. It ain’t perfect but its a small gain.
Some choice, work or die but quit being a budget buster, Grampa!
Meanwhile a few billion every month to make the poppy fields safe in Afghanistan and a few hundred million to Mideast terrorists and a billion or so for the bankers summer homes in Connecticut.
So the hurricane victims can take heart knowing their representatives are hard at work.
Federal funding for NYC for the effects of September 11, 2001 was $20billion.
I want someone to explain how a hurricane can cause three times as much damage; and the damage is not the responsibility of the people who live in the state and enjoy the ocean front - built on sand - homes.
When we want to fight wars, such as the "war on terrorism" that President Bush waged, we're supposed to raise taxes in order to pay for it.
However, when we have hurricanes, natural disasters, or some other pitfall--it becomes, "Hey Uncle Sam, pay up!"
None of those Brass Bands and Pretty Girls Crap that came later.
It is that ability to say no to power that makes people like him so rare in Politics.
Can't remember if it was the result of damage caused by The Blizzard of '78, or a later storm, but King that the state taxpayers weren't going to help out financially with rebuilding in coastal storm and flood prone areas any more, since the dangers and expenses are now known. IOW, "rebuild at your own risk".
(I'm sure that King's common sense sentiments have been constantly over ruled and ignored by vote and campaign funds seeking solons over the years.)
Peter King= Looterman II
Not a great speaker but a truly great speech.
7 and a half billion dollar federal budget. LOL
Ditto! Davy Crocket said once to his fellow congressmen, give all you want to those suffering from acts of God, but use your OWN money, not the people's.
HOWEVER, you must take into account that were still on the Gold Standard. Or at the very least still had some precious medals in our money.
Just a quick example in 1924 a Gallon of gas costs 29 Cents, and the Quarter itself was 90% Silver.
Now if you take that Same Quarter today, the Silver Value in it is worth anywhere from about $2.50 to 4.17, depending on where you are.
But it would still buy you a Gallon of Gas today.
But that is bad news for Socialists because that means you can't Print a Trillion Dollar Coin and say "Debts Paid off!"
That’s what I figured with the delay. Hmmm...be known for leaving hurricane victims out in the cold, or for approving billions in frivolous spending? Lose-lose vote. Democrats really are masters at swaying the gullible public.
We’ve created a self perpetuating mess. People can’t afford to care for themselves and others can’t afford to be charitable to help.
Right, my point is though that we used to have a sound fiscal policy.
Our Leaders actually CARED about the future of the value of our money.
Do you think Ubama gives Two Sh!ts about a Family in Oklahoma Finances?
Hell No! He is about Revenge and breaking up the American Middle Class.
Of course, the tax rates aren't set on relative worth, they're set on the number of dollars. So the more hyper inflation that exists, the more 'over 250k' earners there becomes, and the more money that returns to the treasury. Of course, reality dictates that the more oppressive the taxes, the less is remitted in taxes. Amazing how much effort people will go to for protecting their property from theft, no matter who is doing the stealing.