2013-01-11 / Letters

Spread The Blame

Dear Editor:

I reviewed the Sandy relief bill (very lightly) and was amazed at some of the things in it. This bill needs to be a stand-alone bill that will take care of Sandy victims and Sandy victims only. There is money in here for states that were not directly affected by Sandy. As Rahm Emmanuel said, "never let a crisis go to waste.” It is despicable what is going on in the House and Senate. But, I have to say one thing. We voted for them so this is what we get. I do however find it disingenuous that this (Wave) article lays blame on Republicans only. This is a bi-partisan screw-up and the Wave either needs to be fair or not report on it.

BING STRASSBURG

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Bing, you may be right that

Bing, you may be right that pork was coming from both parties, but I also looked at the bill and the majority of it went to republican controlled states. The underlying reason for that is the democrats wanted to prevent a filibuster that was going to be threatened, so they put in the projects the republicans wanted so they would not have to go against the filibuster. What is further maddening is that the smaller 9 billion dollar flood insurance portion had virtually no pork and yet the only people to vote against it were 67 republicans. As much as it is easy to say both sides are at fault, the fact is the Republican party and their obstructionist policies based on an ideology that is devoid of feelings is the root cause of the issues. Republicans had no problem with Pork in the bills when it was a Republican in the white house and more importantly when their own states were affected by a storm. The current bill under way is already being slammed , only by republicans, saying they wont vote for it unless spending is cut elsewhere. Basically they are holding all of us hostage until they get what they want. This is not what America is about when it comes to helping out Adam Nash


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