New York - New York City is seeking $9.8 billion in federal funds to repair infrastructure and recoup economic losses caused by Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. Private insurance and Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursements would pay for only $9.2 billion of the $19 billion in total public and private losses to the city from the superstorm, Mr. Bloomberg said in a letter to New York state´s Congress members. New York City´s request includes $5.7 billion in lost economic activity. "This funding will be needed to address the significant local expenses
Comments: The Big Apple wants to take a bigger bite out of FEMA. For a mayor who´s out to make his voters lean, you just have to wonder how much he "inflated" the costs od Hurricane Sandy to the Federal government.
Since probably %90 of those working and/or living in Manhattan and the boroughts are Ds and voted for the idiot-in-chief, they expect massive increase in taxes to pay for their problems, not go on a beg-athon from the rest of the country that had nothing to do with the storm. Add a $50 tax to theater and entertainment tickets, for instance. Or better yet a substntial fine for rudeness...that alone would wipe out the losses.
This sounds more like a lawsuit than reconstruction aid.
I´m sure there´s fat cat bellyachers bemoaning the loss of billions in bearer bonds soaked by the storm and rendered useless.Some of these people have so much money they don´t even know how to keep track of it but when disaster hits they want the taxpayers to refill their coffers.Just like the TARP bailout.
Then you have to worry about the UN coming in and directing traffic on housing reconstruction which Bloomberg and Obama will be happy to go along with.
On top of the fiscal cliff,you´ll need an emergency bill for disaster losses and more unemployment extensions without them being paid for with cuts in other areas.This country is broke from all it´s giveaways and doesn´t have a penny of rainy day money anywhere.
Make the bankers and brokers on Wall St. take out home equity lines on their houses to pay for all this.
This is where the entire nation should send thanks to Haley Barbour.
Remember that Louisiana asked for a QUARTER OF A TRILLION DOLLARS, for Katrina recovery? Barbour, as Governor of Mississippi - where Katrina actually landed - said 35 Billion was plenty, killing the Louisiana request dead on the spot.
NYC doesn´t dare get too stupid. Taking into account the population density, $9.8B doesn´t sound entirely out of line.
However they screwed up in the past, those people need to get through the winter and to next year.
Washington - The Republican National Committee is offering the United States government a check to pay for guards at the National World War II Memorial, chairman Reince Priebus announced Wednesday. "We´re willing to pay the bill," said Priebus, who was speaking to reporters as he stood in front of a fence at the memorial. The memorial had been the site of a dramatic encounter Tuesday between visiting World War II veterans and a fence erected to keep visitors out. The National Parks Service argued the government shutdown left them with no personnel to guard and maintain the open air memorial.
Washington - Each month, there’s usually one number that economists and Wall Street investors watch above all else: the Labor Department’s tally of jobs created by US employers. It’s a gauge of the job market – to most Americans the most basic indicator of prosperity and well-being. Beyond that, it’s a broad barometer of the economy’s health. And this month, it’ll be missing in action. At least that’s the way it appears so far, due to a partial shutdown of the federal government, which took effect Tuesday because the parties in Congress are at loggerheads over federal spending and President
Nationwide Series driver Nelson Piquet Jr. has been fined $10,000 and placed on indefinite probation, and he will have to attend sensitivity training after using a gay slur on social media. In the announcement, NASCAR´s senior vice president of racing operations, Steve O’Donnell, explained the governing body´s decision: Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport. NASCAR’s Code of Conduct explicitly spells out in the 2013 rule book our position regarding the use of disparaging terms. We expect our entire industry to abide
The billionaire who created Beanie Babies pleaded guilty Wednesday to tax evasion charges. "I apologize for my conduct," H. Ty Warner told a federal judge. "This is a terrible way to meet your honor." Warner´s lawyer said the 69-year-old planned to enter a guilty plea during the arraignment in Chicago as part of an agreement with prosecutors. He faces up to five years when he is sentenced Jan. 15. Beanie Babies first appeared in the mid-´90s, triggering a craze that generated hundreds of millions of dollars for Westmont-based TY Inc. Forbes recently estimated Warner´s net worth at $2.6 billion.
New York & Seattle - Three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft Corp are lobbying the board to press for Bill Gates to step down as chairman of the software company he co-founded 38 years ago, according to people familiar with matter. While Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has been under pressure for years to improve the company´s performance and share price, this appears to be the first time that major shareholders are taking aim at Gates, who remains one of the most respected and influential figures in technology. A representative for Microsoft declined to comment on Tuesday.
As I write, I have no idea what the status of the “government shutdown” is. Last time I checked, the National Security Agency was still reading my emails and National Public Radio was still broadcasting pro-Obama propaganda, so it doesn’t appear much has changed. But what I do know is what happened Monday around 10 p.m., because it’s not in dispute: Every Massachusetts Democrat in Congress voted to keep special cash payments for themselves and for their staffers. They voted to shut down the government rather than give up their special perks. That’s not “we’re ending the world” spin
President Barack Obama was right when he said there would be a few glitches when signups for the Affordable Care Act began on Tuesday — there were at least 51 of them. A quick check of all the state Web sites where exchanges have been set up — plus the HealthCare.gov site that will service three-fourths of the country — shows that it was virtually impossible to sign up on the first day. MarketWatch went 0-for-51 in trying to apply online for Obamacare in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Well, really 0-for-15 for D.C. and the states setting up their own exchanges, and we also struck out
Julia Ioffe a, a senior editor at the New Republic, is being ridiculous. First she wrote a bizarre post asking the question: “What is a president in a presidential constitutional republic to do when faced with an intransigent, bull-headed faction among his people’s representatives?” She then goes on to answer that question by celebrating Boris Yeltsin’s efforts to crush the communists still controlling the Russian parliament 20 years ago. She never says that president Obama should do something similar — i.e. dissolve parliament and then turn the tanks on the diehards — but it’s difficult not to read her post
So the federal government is “shut down” – at least temporarily, as of this Tuesday morning writing – and several folks have inquired about what, if any, impact this will have on the continuity of the U.S. oil and natural gas industry. The short answer is, not much. (Snip) Environmental Protection Agency: EPA would keep 1,069 (of 16,205) employees on the job, including those involved in law enforcement, employees whose funding comes from other sources and others performing exempted activities. Lab scientists may need to ensure research is ongoing. Emergency responders may also be at
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has issued a stern warning the refugees escaping the Syrian crisis - if they try to come to Australia by boat they will not be welcome. Mr Morrison this morning said there would be "no sympathy" given to boat people, regardless of their country of origin. His comments come in the wake of the latest boat tragedy (Snip) "People who are going to try and use the Syrian conflict, which is a dreadful and horrible tragedy that is unfolding before us there, as some sort of cover to come to Australia for economic migration - are just not going to cop it," he told
Michelle Obama wants you to drink more water, at least one more glass a day. Frankly, I think it´s great. Sure, the science behind some of her claims is somewhere between iffy and debatable. If you´re not dehydrated, drinking more water won´t give you more energy or cure your headaches, as her office (Snip) "Water is so basic," she explained from Watertown, Wisc., "and because it is so plentiful, sometimes we just forget about it amid all the ads we watch on television and all the messages we receive every day about what to eat and drink," she said. "The truth is, water just gets drowned out."
With the popularity of Egypt´s armed forces chief General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi at a peak, speculation is growing about whether the military leader could be the next president. Talk shows and newspaper columns have, for the past month, been advocating the idea of the general running for president in order to fight the terrorist threat that they say the country is facing. El-Sisi became a worldwide name in July when he announced that Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was being removed from power after mass protests against the unpopular elected leader. El-Sisi stressed that the action
Get ready for Chelsea Clinton Bump Watch 2014 — the only daughter of the former president and former secretary of State is declaring next year the “Year of the Baby.” In an interview for the November issue of Glamour magazine on her work with the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Clinton reveals that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are planning for a bouncing addition to their household. According to the 33-year-old Oxford grad, the pair, who married in 2010, sat down together a year after tying the knot and made a list focused on their future, saying, “We want,
On Tuesday evening, left-wing Politico ran a headline story encapsulating the theme of the day: “Government closed, Obamacare falters.” That message marked a massive loss for the Obama administration, which has claimed that Obamacare’s implementation could not be delayed, and used that rationale as an excuse to reject the House’s proposal for a one-year delay in favor of a government shutdown. The narrative began to shift early in the morning on Tuesday, when the Drudge Report ran a lead piece on the Obamacare health exchanges coming up with error messages for users across the country. “OBAMACRASH,” Drudge headlined. He followed
DALLAS —In a shopping center parking lot 1,300 miles from Washington’s bureaucracy and bickering, teen mom Karina Luciano loaded a watermelon and baby formula into her car. Luciano didn’t realize the federal assistance program that just purchased the food items for her children, Aimee, 2, and Jaiden, 11 months, is now in jeopardy because of the government shutdown. “Oh my god, I think I’m going to cry,” Luciano said upon learning the news. “This is really bad.” Nearly 9 million low-income mothers and children receive benefits under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Congress’ inability to
First lady Michelle Obama tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that her Twitter account will see fewer updates due to the government shutdown. Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited. #Shutdown 12:55 PM - 1 Oct 2013. In 2009, FactCheck.org found that the first lady had a staff of 24 people. It is unclear whether any of the first lady’s staff have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.
The White House and the Department of the Interior rejected a request from Rep. Steven Palazzo’s office to have World War II veterans visit the World War II memorial in Washington, the Mississippi Republican told The Daily Caller Tuesday. Palazzo helped the veterans commit an act of civil disobedience against the Park Service Tuesday, when the heroes stormed through barricades around the closed memorial. The veterans were visiting the memorial as part of Honor Flight, a non-profit that provides veterans free transport to the nation’s capital to visit the memorials to the wars they fought in. “We got the heads up
New York Magazine writer Jonathan Chait spent his government shutdown day mocking WWII veterans who were shut out by the National Park Service (NPS) when they came to visit the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday morning, Representative Michelle Bachman (R-MN) and several Republican members of Congress helped tear down the barricades shutting the elderly veterans out of the WWII memorial. After the barricades were removed, dozens of veterans flooded in to conduct their often emotional visits. But, thinking he was being funny, Chait took to Twitter to poke fun at the veterans, joking that the NPS should
“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” — Barack Obama, October 30, 2008 “We are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.” — Michelle Obama, May 14, 2008 There certainly is no question that Barack Obama wants to change the United States. And there clearly is no doubt that such fundamental transformation is difficult, given our tripartite system of government — even though Obama entered office with large Democratic majorities in
Ronan Farrow’s ol’ blue eyes may say it all. Farrow, long described as the only biological child of actress Mia Farrow and New York filmmaker Woody Allen, may actually be the son of Frank Sinatra, his mom acknowledged in a bombshell report Wednesday. While Hollywood has whispered about the prospect for years, it was the first time that Mia publicly admitted the possibility. Asked point-blank by Vanity Fair about Sinatra’s possible parentage of Ronan, Mia coyly replied: “Possibly.” The “Rosemary’s Baby’’ actress was married to Ol’ Blue Eyes from 1966 to 1968 but continued to be his lover on and off afterward — including
Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it. At a closed-door lunch meeting in the Senate’s Mansfield Room, Republican after Republican pressed Cruz to explain how he would propose to end the bitter budget impasse with Democrats, according to senators who attended the meeting. A defensive Cruz had no clear plan to force an end to the shutdown — or explain how he would defund Obamacare, as he has demanded all along, sources said. Things
President Barack Obama has called off his trip to Malaysia to tackle the US government shutdown, the office of Malaysia´s PM Najib Razak has said. Secretary of State John Kerry will represent him next week instead, the office said. The US government has partially shut down after the two houses of Congress failed to agree a new budget. More than 700,000 federal employees face unpaid leave, and national parks, museums and many buildings are closed. Mr Obama earlier vowed not to allow Republicans to undermine his signature healthcare legislation as a condition to restart the US government. "They demanded ransom," Mr Obama said.
The government shutdown will temporarily slash the staffs and operations of every “nonessential” federal program — which, as you can imagine, adds up to a whole lot of programs. There are the ones you know about, like the national parks and the panda cam. Then there’s everything else. Here’s 21 effects of the shutdown you might not have heard about. 1) No one will oversee the program that makes sure your organic food is actually organic. That’s called the National Organic Standards Program, and its entire staff was furloughed. Also on the Department of Agriculture furlough list: the people who check
If President Obama were really clever, he’d jump at the Republicans’ proposal in the continuing resolution to delay Obamacare for one year. A one-year delay is perhaps the only chance to prevent the Obamacare exchanges from becoming a disaster. Don’t take my word for it. Here’s Kevin Counihan, chief executive of Connecticut’s exchange, Access Health CT: “It is highly complex , it’s unprecedented and it’s not going to be smooth…. This is a two- to three-year implementation we’re doing in 10 months. I wish we had one more year.” The problem is that the test runs have revealed the exchange websites aren’t