Skip to comments.Reid: Sandy Was Much Worse Than Katrina, You Know
Posted on 01/07/2013 3:42:29 PM PST by Kaslin
Whether he's publicly recapitulating the hallucinations of an imaginary friend, or wrongly assuring the public that various government programs are "fully funded," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tends to struggle with the truth. The recent high-octane bout of partisan wrangling over whether to pass a porked-up Sandy relief bill is finally complete, and Reid is unhappy that Congress didn't spend more money. To emphasize his frustration, he downplayed the severity of Hurricane Katrina's destruction in order to cast Sandy as far worse -- thus indicting those who opposed even one cent of unrelated "relief" spending as uncaring, heartless bastards:
In his Friday statement, Reid, a Nevada Democrat was making the point that the first $60 billion aid package for Hurricane Katrina passed Congress 10 days after the storm hit New Orleans, flooding 80 percent of the city when levees failed. But it was more than two months after Sandy hit heavily populated areas of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut that the House got around Friday to approving a $9.7 billion package, far less than the $60 billion package approved by the Senate and the $83 billion requested by the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Here's part of Reid statement from the Congressional Record: "I really do believe it is important that I have the record reflect the reason we have gotten as far as we have on Sandy is because of the senior Senator from New York. It is too bad that it has taken so long. When we had that devastation from Katrina, we were there within days taking care of Mississippi, Alabama, and especially Louisiana -- within days. We are now past two months with the people of New York and New Jersey. The people of New Orleans and that area, they were hurt but nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New York and New Jersey. Almost 1 million people have lost their homes; 1 million people lost their homes. That is homes, that is not people in those homes. So I think it is just unfortunate that we do not have the relief for New York and New Jersey and the rest already. It has to be done. We have to meet the needs of the American people when an act of God occurs."
In his rush to demagogue House Republicans, Reid botched the facts. Badly:
Sandy devastated some of the nation's most populated areas, but it didn't come close to Katrina. Hurricane Katrina, and the flooding that followed when federally built levees failed, killing 1,833 and causing more than $145 billion in damage. Sandy has been blamed for 120 deaths and over $80 billion in damage.
But New Orleans got off easy! Right, Harry? Louisiana Senator David Vitter minces no words in his incensed response to Reid's cheap and lazy assertion:
“Sadly, Harry Reid has again revealed himself to be an idiot, this time gravely insulting Gulf Coast residents. Both Katrina and Sandy were horribly destructive storms that caused real human misery. And by most any measure, Katrina was our worst natural disaster in history.”
And before you ask, yes, of course Reid engaged in all sorts of preening and posturing about the Bush administration's response to Katrina back in 2005. Since he apparently believes that Katrina was small potatoes compared to Sandy, where was Reid's incandescent rage during the worst throes of 2012's super-storm? Answer: Stowed safely away in his selective outrage drawer.
So yet another democrat that thinks predominately black neighborhoods are not as important as predominately white neighborhoods.
Just like white kids being murdered is more important than black kids being murdered.
Harry’s right. A weak Cat 1 hurricane hitting whiny Yankees is far worse than a Cat 4 hurricane hitting seasoned Southerners.
How did someone as stupid as Harry get into Congress?
My pain is worse than your pain.
Time to fill the subway tunnels with something like concrete, not water.
If one compares the death toll, what is the body count difference between Sandy and Katrina?
Are you kidding? Stupidity seems to be a requirement.
“Reid Slaps Forgotten Minorities Affected By Katrina”
The writer is an idiot. When you are as old and rotten and powerful as Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi you will say any damn thing you please. Any damn thing you think will stick and get the low information voters....Of course with the help of their mass media flunkies
The article says 1833 for Katrina vs. 120 for Sandy.
Harry’s got to be one of the dumbest people on the planet. To me, it’s a toss up between his statements here and the one where he says Federal Income Taxes are voluntary (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7mRSI8yWwg). I’m surprised he can fog a mirror without help.
Wrong question. The real question is how stupid are the people in Nevada to keep sending this idiot to Washington.
Reid is a pluperfect self serving LOON!
The same way that arrogant pos got to be president. Ignorant voters, plus election fraud. What else?
Bad enough Sandy was the second most destructive storm behind Katrina.
I had to look the word pluperfect up. You are not 100% right, but 1000% correct
fifteen to one....
Really? Didn’t over 1000 people die from the flooding from Katrina? Or don’t those people count?
Katrina made landfall in Mississippi not New Orleans.
Reid can’t run backwards fast enough...
WASHINGTON - After being called an idiot by a Senate colleague, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid backtracked Monday after declaring that Hurricane Katrina was in some ways “nothing in comparison” to superstorm Sandy.
I simply misspoke, Reid (D-Nevada) said in a written statement.
Reid issued the mea culpa just hours after Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, called him out on Facebook and Twitter in an unusually personal attack against a fellow senator.
Yeah, but it was the third landfall and it was near the Louisiana- Mississippi border
Typical lame excuse by a liberal
Well, it was about cat 4 when it hit Texas and Mississippi but it was tropical when it hit N.O. Since democrats mean N.O. when they say Katrina, he is right, Sandy was worse. He doesn’t care about black, whiney chocolate city dwellers anymore or any more than he cares about those affected in TX or MS. He’s pushing Sandy, which his boy promised to help and failed because they’ve wrung all of the propaganda value out of Katrina so it’s on to Sandy. It has nothing to do with North or South, it’s about not wasting a good crisis.
By the way, you’re right about whiney, north or south. The “entitled” Sandy “victims” instead of acting like the whiney “entitled N.O. “victims” should take a lesson from TX and MS and get to work rebuilding through their states instead of waiting for the kenyan and ocmpany to help them out.
Well, it was about cat 4 when it hit Texas
Katrina the Hurricane had little to no impact on Texas via the winds, etc. However it did have an impact via the some 200,000 refugees that Texas took in.
By Golly, you are worse with your facts than Harry Reid.
When did it hit Texas?
“Katrina made its second landfall at 1110 UTC (6:10 a.m. CDT) on Monday, August 29 as a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 125 mph (205 km/h) near Buras-Triumph, Louisiana. At landfall, hurricane-force winds extended outward 120 miles (190 km) from the center and the storm’s central pressure was 920 mbar (27 inHg). After moving over southeastern Louisiana and Breton Sound, it made its third landfall near the Louisiana/Mississippi border with 120 mph (195 km/h) sustained winds, still at Category 3 intensity. Katrina maintained strength well into Mississippi, finally losing hurricane strength more than 150 miles (240 km) inland near Meridian, Mississippi. It was downgraded to a tropical depression near Clarksville, Tennessee, but its remnants were last distinguishable in the eastern Great Lakes region on August 31, when it was absorbed by a frontal boundary. The resulting extratropical storm moved rapidly to the northeast and affected eastern Canada.”
“Harrys right. A weak Cat 1 hurricane hitting whiny Yankees is far worse than a Cat 4 hurricane hitting seasoned Southerners.”
Not that I agree with Harry pushing that pork infested bill, but the Storm actually strengthened as it transitioned to a hybrid nor’easter, and as a result it’s wind-field was much larger than Katrina’s with hurricane force winds extending 175 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extending nearly 500 miles from the center. Add to that a large storm surge aided by a full moon. So Katrina’s devastation while extreme was concentrated in a much smaller area then Sandy’s. A large number of people along the Jersey coast are still struggling without homes and the region is a long way from recovering. Of course you would never know with how the media gushed all over Barry when he swooped in with Christie for his phony photo op as the hero who saved the day, when in actuality he did very little except promote himself during his campaign.
I don’t normally read this website and it’s probably the first time I ever posted a link to it but here goes (great chart at link) Sandy vs Katrina
Harry (the Racist) Reid hates Black People.
Don’t forget Mississippi got hammered just as bad, or worse, than New Orleans. NO wasn’t prepared (mayor Ray Nagen cowered under his desk) and it flooded. But, MS was HAMMERED by the highest winds and a 30+ foot storm surge. They caught the eastern part of the storm that caused widespread destruction.
Wow, Harry Reid is such a... racist!.
Katrina? No, it was a Cat 5 in the Gulf and 3 when it made landfall on LA. The center of the storm hit a little more on the MS side, but the western part of the eye wall pushed counter clockwise water out of the overflowing Lake Ponchertrain to cause the levee breaches. I was in Baton Rouge having to keep a large data center running while protecting the home front.
Katrina didn't really hit TX. Maybe you are conflating Katrina with Rita that hit 3 weeks later on the TX/LA border - another Cat 5 in the Gulf that hammered us again?
That was a seriously rough month for us! It was the largest helicopter rescue operation in history, among other things. There were large, makeshift morgues around the Baton Rouge area, communications down, and people frantic about the fate of their family in NO and MS.
I'm surprised he gets a reflection...