Christie's indiscriminate fragging of his entire party (and praise of the president) has to be a wet dream come true for a lot of people. Of course, maybe if the people that wanted this bill so bad hadn't jammed it chock-full of senseless pork in a time where we are talking about the "fiscal cliff" and out of control debt, maybe it would have been passed sooner?http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323277504578191630132696220.html?KEYWORDS=opinion+sandy+bill
There's $150 million in there for Alaskan fisheries. We knew Sandy made it to the Midwest, but Alaska? Marine projects from New England to Mississippi also made the cut. Also along for the joyride is $8 million for new cars and other equipment for the Justice Department and Homeland Security, $2 million for roof repair at the Smithsonian in Washington, $4 million for the Kennedy Space Center, $3 million for oil-spill research and $348 million for the National Park Service.
Nearly $17 billion is in the bill for the Community Development Fund and social service grants, two long-running initiatives to fund liberal activists. Amtrak would get $188 million, including funds for two new train tunnels in New York unrelated to Sandy. Amtrak already got $1.4 billion last year. And of course some $600 million is directed to the Environmental Protection Agency to support climate change adaptation.
Sadder still, the bill looks to be running the risk of repeating the costly mistakes of the emergency bill for Hurricane Katrina. A 2006 Congressional investigation severely criticized the Katrina bill. It identified "19 Katrina contracts, collectively worth $8.75 billion, that have experienced significant overcharges, wasteful spending, or mismanagement." The bipartisan oversight committee concluded: "Corruption exploited—and aggravated—Hurricane Katrina contract mismanagement," with 1,395 cases of reported criminal activity, including procurement fraud.
But yes, let's just immediately assume that we should have rushed as quickly as possible to pass a deeply flawed piece of legislation, because it has the word "aid" attached to it. The politicking going on is absolutely hilarious. Obviously, the Republicans and conservatives are going to be portrayed as the greedy grinches that battered the Jersey Shore all over again. el. oh. el.