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Why We Can't Forget That Oklahoma's Senators Voted Against Sandy Relief
Yahoo News ^ | 5/21/2013 | Alexander Abad-Santos

Posted on 05/21/2013 12:45:54 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Nearly four months ago, Oklahoma Senators Tom Coburn and James Inhofe both voted against H.R.152, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act that eventually sent $50.5 billion in relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy. And in the flurry of last night's devastation in Moore, Oklahoma. it was impossible not to forget that fact, knowing the federal government would soon rally to the cause.

Part of that reason was because of the social media aspect to the storm—like the Boston Bombings and like Hurricane Sand —information on Monday's storm was quickly dispensed through mediums like Twitter and Facebook. But with that came tweets like this, from Current TV's David Shuster (retweeted 118 times):

Praying for OK victims, hoping federal aid/help won't be delayed like #Sandy when 32 Senators, including OK's Coburn + Inhofe, opposed it. — David Shuster (@DavidShuster) May 21, 2013

This one was retweeted 252 more times:

That awkward moment when Sen. Inhofe votes against government help for Sandy victims and then Oklahoma gets hit by a tornado. — Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) May 21, 2013

And a quick search for "Inhofe" on Twitter turns a stream into a river of people talking about Inhofe's Sandy vote:

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: oklahoma
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1 posted on 05/21/2013 12:45:54 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

just....wow.

THIS is the sort of dividing of American against American that Obama has wrought.


2 posted on 05/21/2013 12:47:41 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: nickcarraway

Alexander Abad-Santos? Seriously?


3 posted on 05/21/2013 12:48:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: nickcarraway
Many libs are laughing right now.

OK will be ok. They probably will rebuilding by the end of the week.

4 posted on 05/21/2013 12:49:39 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Exactly. It’s obvious that little Alex has a problem with Americans. A real dirtbag.


5 posted on 05/21/2013 12:50:06 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You have a problem with Arabo-Hispanics?


6 posted on 05/21/2013 12:50:20 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: nickcarraway

Liberals have absolutely NO morals and NO soul..if they had either one of those they wouldnt be liberals


7 posted on 05/21/2013 12:50:28 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: nickcarraway

Gov. Coumo has been busted for using Hurricane Sandy federal disaster aid for a pricey ad campaign...

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/347489/andrew-cuomo-launches-ad-campaign-lure-businesses-ny

The two OK senators were right to vote against it.


8 posted on 05/21/2013 12:51:41 PM PDT by proudpapa (A school is supposed to be a safe place!' Yeah well so is a womb!)
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To: nickcarraway

You might keep in mind that the Gov’s in the Sandy case, inflated their $10B in damages to a $60B political payoff, and OK only asks for what it needs.


9 posted on 05/21/2013 12:52:34 PM PDT by G Larry (Darkness Hates the Light)
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To: babble-on
Wasn't there an Arabo-Hispanic on Welcome Back, Kotter?

Or was it a Puerto Rican Jew?


10 posted on 05/21/2013 12:53:56 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: nickcarraway

I am sure you all remember Shep Smith, standing on the bridge in New Orleans, his mascara running down his face as he howled that the government has to DO SOMETHING FOR THESE POOR PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!

This morning I saw him in Moore, OK, saying something to the effect of:

“I’ve never seen anything like this! Theses People are wonderful! They are taking care of each other! What a sense of Community! Such Wonderful people here on Moore!!!!!!”

And I think that the devastation in Moore was even worse than in NOLA.

Just sayin’.


11 posted on 05/21/2013 12:55:58 PM PDT by left that other site ((Ban the ubiquitous and deadly solvent, Di-hydrogen monoxide!!!))
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To: nickcarraway

Oklahoma will be all rebuilt and ready to go back to work by the time the FEMA trucks pull into Moore, Oklahoma. People in these parts aren’t asking money from the tax police.


12 posted on 05/21/2013 12:56:51 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: nickcarraway
hoping federal aid/help won't be delayed like #Sandy

Do you know WHY federal aid was held up, Alexander?

13 posted on 05/21/2013 12:56:57 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: nickcarraway

Disaster relief from the Federal govt isn’t constitutional.

It’s a task for the state, county, city, churches, neighbors and families.


14 posted on 05/21/2013 12:58:02 PM PDT by lurk
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To: G Larry

These OK Senators voted against Sandy relief because it was a bloated bill filled with pork. Also, there was no Constitutional justification for the Federal government to make such expenditures, though national sentiment in such matters may demand it.


15 posted on 05/21/2013 12:58:11 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: rovenstinez

That’s great.
There was a topic yesterday criticizing Baraq for not being on top of the OK tornado situation.

I said the best thing that could happen is for Baraq and FEMA to stay in DC on the golf course.


16 posted on 05/21/2013 12:59:24 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Maybe the OK senators couldn’t forget that Obama denied them any Federal assistance when the floods hit.


17 posted on 05/21/2013 12:59:56 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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You’re a clueless asshat, Alexander Abad-Santos.


18 posted on 05/21/2013 1:00:14 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: 3Fingas

The tornado missed my house by 1 mile. I just got power back a bit ago. As far as I’m concerned we’ll rebuild by ourselves if the federal government will get out of our lives.


19 posted on 05/21/2013 1:00:48 PM PDT by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: 3Fingas
These OK Senators voted against Sandy relief because it was a bloated bill filled with pork

Yeah, but only $150 million for Alaskan fisheries that were decimated by Hurricane Sandy that hit the east coast./sarc

20 posted on 05/21/2013 1:01:00 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe it was to ensure they still have some for their own disasters.

Geesh, I tire of this federal welfare. Can’t anyone take care of themselves anymore?


21 posted on 05/21/2013 1:01:14 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: babble-on

>> You have a problem with Arabo-Hispanics?

Giving second billing to the Romans, are you?


22 posted on 05/21/2013 1:03:33 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: nickcarraway

Andy why should they NOT have voted for Sandy relief? The relief bill was loaded with PORK for pet projects in other states that were never even in Sandy’s path!


23 posted on 05/21/2013 1:06:16 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (When someone burns a cross on your lawn, the best firehose is an AK-47.)
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To: nickcarraway

We might also remember that the Sandy relief bill was a giant pork fest with huge amounts of spending for things all over the country thrown in


24 posted on 05/21/2013 1:06:54 PM PDT by thorvaldr
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To: kjam22

God bless you and your neighbors. Frankly, I don’t object to federal monies to help communities struck by natural disasters. Of all the wasteful federal spending out there, disaster relief is a small amount of money that usually does some good. I respect your self-reliant attitude.


25 posted on 05/21/2013 1:07:00 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: massgopguy
Maybe the OK senators couldn’t forget that Obama denied them any Federal assistance when the floods hit.

Wait! What?...

26 posted on 05/21/2013 1:08:42 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Thy Kingdom come!)
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To: nickcarraway
The Federal government has no authority to be in the business of disaster relief. Were we freed from FEMA, people would have to purchase adequate insurance and would have more available for more effective charities that don't pose a risk to our liberty. The cost of that insurance would preclude many from assuming unacceptable risks.

Good systems prevent problems.

27 posted on 05/21/2013 1:08:47 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (An economy is not a zero-sum game, but politics usually is.)
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To: thorvaldr

This is all about the fact that no county in OK went for Obama in 08 or 12.


28 posted on 05/21/2013 1:10:27 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: G Larry
You might keep in mind that the Gov’s in the Sandy case, inflated their $10B in damages to a $60B political payoff, and OK only asks for what it needs.

It was actually congress who larded up the Sandy relief, adding money for a lot of non-Sandy related spending. Anyone who doesn't think this will also happen for any relief package for Oklahoma is only kidding themself.

29 posted on 05/21/2013 1:10:55 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Carry_Okie

Great post. Another area where the fedgov has over-ridden local govts and the private sector.

Whenever we have a river flood here in Indiana the news is full of peeps crying about their underwater house and where is FEMA?


30 posted on 05/21/2013 1:11:54 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Yeah! I need a new roof and I have ants under my house. Oh, and the wind is blowing. Where’s my check?


31 posted on 05/21/2013 1:11:56 PM PDT by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Andy why should they NOT have voted for Sandy relief? The relief bill was loaded with PORK for pet projects in other states that were never even in Sandy’s path!

So when the same thing happens to any Oklahoma relief package, will they also vote against that on principle?

32 posted on 05/21/2013 1:12:04 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: nickcarraway

It was not a relief bill, it was a slush fund bill.


33 posted on 05/21/2013 1:16:06 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: nickcarraway

Coburn and Inhofe both supported funding Sandy relief for the ACTUAL estimated amount: $7 billion. THAT’S ALL that was required, in addition to fully funding the insurance program ($3.2 billion). The entire remainder of $49.5 billion was PORK. But weak-kneed and N.E. Republicans knuckled under to RINOs like Crispy Creme Christie, and caved.


34 posted on 05/21/2013 1:20:40 PM PDT by montag813
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To: nickcarraway

“the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act that eventually sent $50.5 billion in relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy”

Except that it didn’t. Instead it was a slush fund for Democrat operations and favorites.


35 posted on 05/21/2013 1:21:46 PM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: nickcarraway

The “aid” always goes to fellow members of the big-government/big-corporate criminal complex.


36 posted on 05/21/2013 1:22:09 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: left that other site

Not Holder’s people in OK.


37 posted on 05/21/2013 1:22:55 PM PDT by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: nickcarraway

Folks ready for secession yet?


38 posted on 05/21/2013 1:24:15 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything. Bolshies' gonna bolsh.)
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To: nickcarraway

What goes around comes around. They didn’t feel compassion for me; I can only do the same. Not one penny from me.


39 posted on 05/21/2013 1:26:04 PM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: nickcarraway
Why We Can't Forget That Oklahoma's Senators Voted Against Sandy Relief

That does not mean that charitable Sandy donations did not come from Oklahomans; and it does not persuade me to withhold tornado relief donations to Oklahoma.

40 posted on 05/21/2013 1:27:06 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: rovenstinez

I ust hope that they don’t plant anymore of those stupid Bradford Pear trees up and down the main streets like after the 1999 storm


41 posted on 05/21/2013 1:27:57 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in thee shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadows of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: nickcarraway
At least I haven't seen the chorus of idiots that lambasted homeowners that got hit by Sandy for daring to live near a coastline show up here to attack Oklahomans for living in a flat area prone to twisters.
42 posted on 05/21/2013 1:28:29 PM PDT by wideawake
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Dear Alexander Abad-Santos:

That's not what happened Alexander, the first bill was laden with pork which had nothing to do with storm relief and you know it.

Alexander, you are a whore to your ideology, and you would suck 0bama's member if given a chance.

5.56mm

43 posted on 05/21/2013 1:29:25 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: kjam22

Did you hear it roaring?


44 posted on 05/21/2013 1:30:26 PM PDT by funfan
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To: left that other site

Just an hour ago, Shep was interviewing a man who said he didn’t have a jacket for today’s cold weather because he couldn’t find his closet. Shep proudly told the viewers he and his crew were all wearing their jackets. Uh, Shep, how about giving the man your jacket. I’m sure FOX will reimburse you, you tightwad.

OK will be ok. They were out bulldozing at day break. They’ll be rebuilt long before Sandy.


45 posted on 05/21/2013 1:31:06 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: DoodleDawg

So when the same thing happens to any Oklahoma relief package, will they also vote against that on principle?
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
In that vein, don’t the Senators/Congressmen ONLY vote the way their constituents want?
All Capital Hill is nothing more than a ‘swap meet’ - You vote for me and I will swing my votes your way.

Remember, the multi bills were designed to speed the process up BUT professional pols have figured a way to legally steal and fund their own pet projects on the back of legitimate bills.

We have to get back to where a Mayor’s election should ONLY be funded by those he is going to directly serve, same as a Congressional, Senatorial, and up the line.

Wasn’t that the reason they ‘invented’ matching Federal Funds?

It is ‘disgusting’ that the day after a Congressional election the elected are IMMEDIATELY on the campaign trail raising money etc for the next election, two years down the road.

Used to be considered a joke when one would say “why would someone spend 5 million bucks on a job that pays 200 thou a year” but it is definitely the norm now.


46 posted on 05/21/2013 1:31:18 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --Inside every 'older' man there is a 'younger' man wondering "WTF happened")
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To: funfan

Yes... and it was loud. We have an underground cellar. A mile away it was loud. I can’t imagine what it would have sounded like if it had hit our house.


47 posted on 05/21/2013 1:31:43 PM PDT by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: 3Fingas
Sounds like you should google an essay entitled "Not Yours to Give". Here's a link for you... http://www.fee.org/library/detail/not-your-to-give-2

Good reading, and well worth the 10 minutes or less to potentially give you a strong take and idea of constitutional thinking WRT the subject.

Here's a clue, Davy Crockett was shown the error of his ways.

48 posted on 05/21/2013 1:32:24 PM PDT by jurroppi1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Alexander Abad-Santos? Seriously?"

Was he a WHITE Abad-Santos?

<8^)

49 posted on 05/21/2013 1:32:31 PM PDT by hummingbird (So much conspiracy and not enough time.)
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To: 3Fingas; New Jersey Realist

Sorry 3F, perhaps New Jersey Realist needs to look at it more than you do...


50 posted on 05/21/2013 1:37:50 PM PDT by jurroppi1
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