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Epitome of Ridiculousness: Feds Will Waste Hurricane Sandy Disaster Aid Money

In Washington, nothing is as it seems.   A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of President Obama’s emergency spending request for Hurricane Sandy efforts is yet another example.  Apparently, just $21.7 billion of the disaster aid request would be spent over the next 21 months.  The remaining $38.7 billion – 64% of the total – would not be spent until Fiscal Year 2015 at the earliest.

This begs a couple of questions, not the least of which is why, if this is supposed to be emergency disaster aid, are funds not being spent until 22 months from today?  Could it be because billions of dollars of spending go to wasteful, unnecessary programs that will not help disaster victims in any meaningful way?

As we noted yesterday, the answer to that question is a resounding yes.  It comes as no surprise that the government is wasting billions of our tax dollars.  When they stoop so low as to exploit this situation to fund politically favored projects and programs, that’s also not surprising, but it should be alarming. 

Rather than concretely helping hurricane victims rebuild and get on their feet, which would be a more proper manifestation of the federal government’s role in our lives, they’ve taken it upon themselves to decide to spend our money to change the climate of our planet.

Remember, Heritage’s Matt Mayer has pointed to a special report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which stated:

There is medium evidence and high agreement that long-term trends in normalized losses have not been attributed to natural or anthropogenic climate change… The absence of an attributable climate change signal in losses also holds true for flood losses.

Mayer translates this for us:

In layman’s terms, the IPCC is stating that climate change is likely not the cause of hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods.

Maybe Obama and his friends should add this to their reading list.  Then they should reconsider the billions of dollars they’re blowing on global warming prevention programs.  That’d be nice.  It’d also be nice if the politicians were actually asked by the press to justify their spending request.

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  • anderlan

    “Rather than concretely helping hurricane victims rebuild and get on their feet, which would be a more proper manifestation of the federal government’s role in our lives, they’ve taken it upon themselves to decide to spend our money to change the climate of our planet.”

    Amazing that someone would have the guts to say something so convoluted. One, future weather mitigation is NOT climate mitigation. It’s being prepared for the weather. The mere idea of climate change has made imprecise folks scared of the very proper role of government in disaster preparedness.

    Two, climate mitigation is merely an attempt to slow the fossil-fueled change to the chemistry of our atmosphere. There’s nothing natural about fossil-fueled climate change. And the reason we want to keep temperature from increasing too quickly and probably getting out of control is because that will destroy agricultural productivity, damage the economy, and harm human life! You recommend recklessness, in service to your fossil fuel god.

    This goes beyond ideology. Continued ignorance is allegiance to one sector of the economy, one single business, as opposed to all others. Fossil fuel enjoys a huge subsidy in free dumping, hidden from the careless by semantics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dreslough Clay Dreslough

    “Rather than concretely helping hurricane victims rebuild and get on their feet, which would be a more proper manifestation of the federal government’s role in our lives, they’ve taken it upon themselves to decide to spend our money to change the climate of our planet.”

    Amazing that someone would have the guts to say something so convoluted. One, future weather mitigation is NOT climate mitigation. It’s being prepared for the weather. The mere idea of climate change has made imprecise folks scared of the very proper role of government in disaster preparedness.

    Two, climate mitigation (fossil emmissions reductions–that which hurts the fossil fuel industry) is merely an attempt to slow the fossil-fueled change to the chemistry of our atmosphere. There’s nothing natural about fossil-fueled global warming.

    And the reason we want to keep temperature from increasing too quickly and probably getting out of control is because that will destroy agricultural productivity, damage the economy, and harm human life! There’s no Gaia in what the science recommends, only what serves humanity best. In truth, you and others seem to recommend recklessness, in service to some sort of fossil fuel god that is somehow more important to you than the future of humanity.

    This goes beyond ideology. Continued ignorance is allegiance to one sector of the economy, one single business, as opposed to all others. Fossil fuel enjoys a huge subsidy in free dumping, hidden from the careless by semantics and the apparent legitimacy of old age.

    http://thegamedesigner.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-poor-get-screwed-again.html