WASHINGTON — Northeastern Republicans, long outnumbered and overshadowed in their own party nationally, erupted in fury on Wednesday after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives blocked a measure that sought to provide billions of dollars in aid to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and other states pummeled by Hurricane Sandy.The depth of the anger was extraordinary and exceedingly personal, with one Republican after another venting their outrage at one man in particular, Speaker John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, who quietly moved to keep the bill from coming to the floor early Wednesday
What a shame that Christie, King, etc..weren´t clever enough to turn this into a CRISIS ..never waste a crisis somebody said? s/ This could have been a blame Obama, blame the democrats blame wasteful pork spending moment. Instead, they chose to eat their own. Disgusting performance.
Both King and Christie are disgusting. So congress should pass a bill that is loaded with pork. I´m sick and tired of my tax dollars going to fund pet projects that are not related to the original request. Schumer should also shut up.....
#3 & #5 are exactly right! Why pass a bill loaded with so much pork unrelated to the storm should have been the focus of any fury. We will never solve the spending problem with governors and politicians like Christy, King Schumer who could care less about all the non storm pork in the bill as long as they get what they want. We have to change the thinking that my Governor, Senator or Representative brings home the "bacon" because there is no bacon left! Until that happens trillion dollar deficits will just continue leading to a disastrous collapse like Greece.
Where is the outrage over the promise not kept by president obama? He was there, with Christie, vowing to have this taken care of in an instant? Enough of bashing Boehner....the press loves attacking Republicans. And, our side seems to love joining the chorus.
This should be about the president, he DID NOT lead the effort as he promised.
Deserved or not, the northeast would have had their Sandy relief had Congress not filled the bill full of unnecessary pork. It`s always about the pork. This type of behavior is no different than Obama `never letting a crisis go to waste`. Every disaster that befalls this nation seems to be an opportunity for Congress to steal money from the private sector for pet projects.
#´s 3, 5 & 7 have it correct. Why should the Republicans approve a bill that has $8 billion for Sandy restoration and $52 billion to secure more votes for liberal democRATs? Too bad that the N.E. Republicans are too stupid to see the whole picture and what the democRATs are doing to the United States.
And yet I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan as proposed by this bill, to indulge a benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds for that purpose.
I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be constantly enforced that, though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.
The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.---Grover Cleveland, 1887.
It is not up to the Federal government to repair everything after a natural disaster. That is why we have insurance.
Complaining about the complainers can´t undo the damage. Boehner blew it. There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of tone-deaf, ham-fisted political bumbling. Saying that people should´t be reacting the way they are to it is like standing in the rain saying it shouldn´t be raining. Maybe it shouldn´t - but it is still raining. Maybe critics and partisans and demagogues and others shouldn´t be playing the failure to pass a bill up the way they are, maybe they shouldn´t be more concerned about pork, maybe, maybe, maybe. . . but the fact is that this was an exploding cigar in Boehner´s face, one that he lit himself. It makes him look incompetent.
What kind of a political leader lets himself and his party get set up to be portrayed as so mired in protocol, process and, yes, obstructionism as to allow the wretched, huddled, shivering, starving, homeless victims of a calamitous hurricane to suffer needlessly? What on earth was Boehner thinking? WAS he thinking? This outcome was predictable even to a child.
There is a time and a place to stand firm and draw the line on pork and spending. Hurricane disaster relief is not that time nor that place.
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