Why the House Shouldn’t Pass the Sandy Relief Bill [POLL]
It's been 68 days since Hurricane Sandy tore our lives apart. People are hurting and in need of money and resources to rebuild their lives...and the government has yet to pass the Sandy relief bill.
And they shouldn't. Yet.
Don't get me wrong. I live here. I've seen the devastation firsthand. I recently drove through Sea Bright to get to Christmas dinner in Highlands, so I know how bad things still are. All along the Jersey Shore, businesses were destroyed, homes were washed away, and our friends, family, and neighbors are all suffering.
This $60.4 billion dollar 'Sandy aid' package isn't going to help the right people though. It needs some serious cleaning up before it should be passed.
According to the NY Post, this package 'includes a whopping $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska.'
Sandy was a big storm, but it wasn't THAT big that they need relief in Alaska.
That $150 million should go towards the various boardwalks and businesses that need to be rebuilt.
$4 million for Kennedy Space Center repairs?
How about using that $4 million to help more displaced families find places to live so they can move out of their friends' homes?
It's pathetic that it's taking this long to pass legislation to help people, and it's even more pathetic that politicians are trying to scam people into thinking their money is going to the people and places who really need it.
I'm sure there was serious damage that needs repairing at Naval Weapons Station Earle or at the Joint Base in Lakehurst...but the $41 million going to the military bases shouldn't be used to spruce up Guantanamo Bay.
FreedomWorks reports the bill earmarked '$10.78 billion for public transportation, most of which is allocated to future construction and improvements, not disaster relief.'
Future improvements? Thousands of commuters are still having problems getting to work because Sandy destroyed roadways and rail stations. We don't need future improvements right away, we need things to be as good as they were before the storm.
Why is it so impossible for the government to do what it is supposed to do effectively?
When I first heard that House Speaker Boehner delayed the vote, I was beyond angry. Then I looked into it and realized the aid package is shameful.
They need to cut the crap and do their jobs. Stop trying to screw everyone over and give people the money they need so we can all move on with our lives.
Remember when we were promised no red tape? Yeah, me too.