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Should Your Children Pay for My Rollercoaster? (On the outrage over delayed Sandy Relief)
American Thinker ^ | 01/04/2013 | Jack Cashill

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: hurricane; relief; sandy

1 posted on 01/04/2013 7:14:55 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Most people are like Rep. Peter King...against hurricane aid for others, but chomping at the bit to get it for his district.


2 posted on 01/04/2013 7:18:25 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


3 posted on 01/04/2013 7:19:24 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind
My vision of a federal republic is that when bad things happen to New Jersey, the state government of New Jersey steps up and fixes what they can.

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?

4 posted on 01/04/2013 7:21:21 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


5 posted on 01/04/2013 7:21:21 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I don't care if we have to borrow from the Chinese to do it.

Poor Bush had to do that, but now Baraq just has Turbo Timmy and The Bernank create it electronically. Problem solved!

6 posted on 01/04/2013 7:22:51 AM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: SeekAndFind

From what I’ve been hearing is that that bill had so much pork in it not even a Muslim would touch it.


7 posted on 01/04/2013 7:26:27 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
My vision of a federal republic is that when bad things happen to New Jersey, the state government of New Jersey steps up and fixes what they can.

Why doesn't someone ask Crispy Creme why NJ cannot foot the bill?

8 posted on 01/04/2013 7:26:34 AM PST by frogjerk (Obama Claus is coming to town!)
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To: Wolfie

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.


9 posted on 01/04/2013 7:27:21 AM PST by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


10 posted on 01/04/2013 7:34:15 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: cripplecreek

Thank you!


11 posted on 01/04/2013 7:40:19 AM PST by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

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.


12 posted on 01/04/2013 7:42:27 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nascarnation
That was his secret plan to cut the deficit in half.

Too bad for B Wacky the Chinese laughed at him.

13 posted on 01/04/2013 7:42:44 AM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: SeekAndFind
A short story of fiction:

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.

14 posted on 01/04/2013 7:49:24 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

For a moment there, I thought the story was about Joe the Hurricane Victim...


15 posted on 01/04/2013 7:51:31 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SkyDancer

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.


16 posted on 01/04/2013 7:57:30 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind
It would fit him too. I watch t.v. and some wise and wizened one is explaining how the fiscal problems of the country are basically the fault of gramps and grandma living too long or quiting work too soon after more half a century of back breaking work.

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.

17 posted on 01/04/2013 8:13:25 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Wolfie

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.


18 posted on 01/04/2013 8:19:35 AM PST by maica
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To: SeekAndFind
Following liberal logic (an oxymoron, I know), here is what's supposed to happen:

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!"

19 posted on 01/04/2013 8:25:07 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: cripplecreek
If you look Closely at this Clip of Client Cal. He is reading from a Note Card.

No Theatrics.

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5puwTrLRhmw

20 posted on 01/04/2013 9:38:29 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: maica
I remember living in MA when Ed King was governor. Reagan's "Favorite Democrat".

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.)

21 posted on 01/04/2013 9:47:31 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Wolfie

Peter King= Looterman II


22 posted on 01/04/2013 9:52:08 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: KC_Lion

Not a great speaker but a truly great speech.

7 and a half billion dollar federal budget. LOL


23 posted on 01/04/2013 9:55:06 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
I’d take the Coolidge stance and say that acts of God are not the responsibility of government.

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.

24 posted on 01/04/2013 10:08:13 AM PST by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: cripplecreek
7 and a billion dollars, it seems funny now.

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!"

25 posted on 01/04/2013 10:09:03 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: SkyDancer

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.


26 posted on 01/04/2013 10:16:19 AM PST by jughandle
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To: KC_Lion
Just a quick example in 1924 a Gallon of gas costs 29 Cents, and the Quarter itself was 90% Silver.

Gas was actually quite expensive then but the free market was still playing catch up to efficiently produce a plentiful product. It was actually much cheaper for me in the 80s when I started driving at around 65 cents per gallon.
27 posted on 01/04/2013 10:16:54 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: New Jersey Realist

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.


28 posted on 01/04/2013 10:22:35 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
Gas was actually quite expensive then but the free market was still playing catch up to efficiently produce a plentiful product. It was actually much cheaper for me in the 80s when I started driving at around 65 cents per gallon.

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.

29 posted on 01/04/2013 10:59:07 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: DuncanWaring
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.

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.

30 posted on 01/05/2013 9:13:27 AM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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