On Friday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that Speaker of the House John Boehner avoided a “rape of the Treasury” by postponing the vote on Hurricane Sandy relief legislation. New York Republican Rep. Peter King and New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie joined Democrats in blasting Boehner for the delay, but Krauthammer said some of the criticism is hypocritical. “Sometimes the hypocrisy of the Democrats would leave Diogenes stunned,” Krauthammer said. “The Democrats spent two years savaging President [George W.] Bush over his treatment of Katrina. All of a sudden it’s a paragon of how to deal with disasters.” Text added by Staff. The first sentence of the article must be posted in its entirety.
Comments: You have to wonder where $60 billion in disaster relief all could go. I know a lot of people were affected by this horrible storm, but such a high percentage of that gets wasted in the bureaucratic process of distribution.
“I think what Boehner did in postponing the vote until today was absolutely right,” Krauthammer declared. “That was a rape of the Treasury — $60 billion, including a ton of pork. The part that was essentially passed today to replenish the flood insurance. That is right, and the rest ought to be debated in regular order.”
On another show Dr Krauthammer spoke of how much of the money in the 60 billion bill would not even be allocated for years , in addition to the pork. Christie behaved like a fool and a media tool , at least Peter King publicly walked back his vitriol against Boehner.
This bill was an assault on our treasury. I want Christie and Schumer to explain how Sandy impacted commercial fisheries in American Samoa. Why we should spend $58 million planting trees on private property. I thought Christie was supposed to be a law and order guy, he´s acting more like a criminal conspirator. Can´t he be jailed under RICO.
Worse than the rape of the treasury (which doesn´t seem shocking anymore), is the insurance companies screwing these people over in the winter. They should have accended on the area in enmasse instead of waiting to find out what flood insurance will do for them.
What #2, #3 and #6 said. Once again, IMO, Charles Krauthammer is correct. King "walked back his rhetoric only AFTER the vote to give $9 billion to N.Y. Hopefully, that will end the giveaway of OUR money to every other state in the country because of a "hurricane sandy". BTW, I never saw ANY money going to Tennessee after the Grand Ol´ Opry was flooded and almost destroyed. Guess it just depends where your state is on the map when if comes to "help" from the "government" and the givers-of-pork.
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