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Old 01-02-2013, 11:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Chris Christie drops bomb on GOP leaders

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"It's why the American people hate Congress. Unlike the people in Congress, we have actual responsibilities."

Pulling no punches, Christie declared: "Last night, the House majority failed most basic test of leadership and they did so with callous disregard to the people of my state. ... It was disappointing and disgusting to watch." He also unapologetically named names: "There's only one group to blame ... the House majority, and their Speaker, John Boehner." He added that the relief bill "just could not overcome the toxic internal politics of the House majority."

But Christie also took the high road in terms of decrying the overall atmosphere of hyperpartisanship in D.C., arguing correctly that "Americans are tired of the palace intrigue and political partisanship of this Congress ... this used to be something that was not political. Disaster relief was something that you didn't play games with."

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Guess those ****ers watch television also.

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Christie and King's principled independence and tough talk against their own party leadership brought results.

Within hours, Boehner and Republican House leadership announced that they would vote for an initial round of Sandy relief on Friday, followed by a vote on the remaining amount on January 15.
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Every once in a great while arguing with ref actually does get him to change his call.
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Re: Chris Christie drops bomb on GOP leaders

Yippee, a vote is scheduled on Sandy aid a mere two and a half months after we got devastated. Whoopdedamndo...

My contempt for the federal government, and especially its disaster agencies, is so great it's hard to express right now.
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Man, I am liking Christie more and more.
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Yippee, a vote is scheduled on Sandy aid a mere two and a half months after we got devastated. Whoopdedamndo...

My contempt for the federal government, and especially its disaster agencies, is so great it's hard to express right now.
This is more on Congress funding the disaster agencies, KAS. Without funding the disaster agencies cannot do anything.

This is all about a dysfunctional Congress and its political whores, really.
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Man, I am liking Christie more and more.
We should have more in politics like him...a man with a conscience.

Unfortunately, he is the exception, rather than the rule.
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Yippee, a vote is scheduled on Sandy aid a mere two and a half months after we got devastated. Whoopdedamndo...

My contempt for the federal government, and especially its disaster agencies, is so great it's hard to express right now.
Blame Harry Reid. After the bill came out of the House, the Senate loaded it with billions of pet spending that has nothing to do with Sandy relief.

It's bizarre that Christie decided to attack his own party on this when the delays have legitimately been due to Democratic meddling in the Senate. It may have just been a ploy to get his state the money it needed, pork be damned, but the cynical side of me can't help but view it as shameless headline grabbing and posturing in an attempt to brand himself as the "people's conservative" for 2016.
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These aren't exactly pork, they're just a lot of spending items. The Alaskan fisheries need that money..... I got nothing.

Anyways, a bill is passed by the House first. So..... how is this Reid's fault that Republican states are taking freebies?
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This is more on Congress funding the disaster agencies, KAS. Without funding the disaster agencies cannot do anything.

This is all about a dysfunctional Congress and its political whores, really.
Funding I blame squarely on Congress, but FEMA deserves its own share of blame... yet again.

I won't get started on the sheer uselessness of the likes of the Red Cross in my neighborhood, as it's outside the scope of this topic...
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Yankees don't appear to be very good at this stuff. I've been through about a dozen storms that were worse than this one. Down here we'd pretty much shrug off a storm like that.
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Eh, it's not legislation that should be held up, but you definitely shouldn't be able to use disaster relief measures to push through completely unrelated spending on the basis that nobody's going to take the political hit involved in delaying/rejecting the bill. That's just outright abuse of the whole concept of emergency disaster relief.
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Blame Harry Reid. After the bill came out of the House, the Senate loaded it with billions of pet spending that has nothing to do with Sandy relief.

It's bizarre that Christie decided to attack his own party on this when the delays have legitimately been due to Democratic meddling in the Senate. It may have just been a ploy to get his state the money it needed, pork be damned, but the cynical side of me can't help but view it as shameless headline grabbing and posturing in an attempt to brand himself as the "people's conservative" for 2016.
I'm firmly of the "pox on both their houses" party these days, stemming from inexcusable failures by elected officials on both sides of the aisle immediately after the storm and since then.

Incidentally, I found Peter King's condemnation much more shocking than Christie.
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Yankees don't appear to be very good at this stuff. I've been through about a dozen storms that were worse than this one. Down here we'd pretty much shrug off a storm like that.
Nothing like this had been seen in the region for at least 50 years, and there was no infrastructure to cope with it, no redundancy, nothing. Hell, the Long Beach boardwalk had managed to shield the city from Irene last year, and Sandy simply destroyed it en route to hurling sand a mile north. Add the flooding everywhere else near the shore...

Put it another way - my house was built after the area was declared a flood hazard zone in the late '70s. We still got flooded significantly, and were literally an inch away from losing our entire first floor as well. And that's WITH being built higher etc.
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To put it yet another way - Unlike North Carolina, the Washington-Boston corridor has things of actual value to be damaged.
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