Obama’s Sandy Relief Bill Filled With Pork Barrel Projects

President Obama is requesting $60.4 billion in disaster relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. If you’re opposed to disaster relief funding, then that means you want disaster victims to continue to suffer as much as possible. Conservative representatives in Congress would only vote against such legislation because they’re cold and heartless individuals. This is generally what liberals and big government Republicans think of those who are not in favor of the federal government giving handouts to storm victims.

But we’re not cold and heartless. It’s been shown time and time again that conservatives are actually more generous with their money than liberals are. Liberals prefer having their money taken through taxes to fund government programs that only make people poorer and more dependent on government. Conservatives give more of the their money away to charitable organizations that actually do help people in need.

It’s unconstitutional for the government to extract money through taxes and then give that money to other people or businesses no matter how good the government’s intentions are. But another reason these “relief” bills are bad is that politicians use them as excuses to stuff a bunch of money for pork projects that buy off their constituents. The NY Post reported:

 “The pork-barrel feast includes more than $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. It also includes a whopping $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC. An eye-popping $13 billion would go to “mitigation” projects to prepare for future storms. Other big-ticket items in the bill include $207 million for the VA Manhattan Medical Center; $41 million to fix up eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; $4 million for repairs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida; $3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and $1.1 million to repair national cemeteries.”

Some of these things don’t have anything to do with helping Sandy victims, yet they’re all part of Sandy relief package. How is giving $150 million to fisheries in Alaska supposed to help someone in New York who lost his home? How is spending money to fix up Gitmo going to help a business in New York whose building got destroyed by the hurricane? Or spending millions to help repair damages at the space center in Florida?

This is why conservatives are opposed to this kind of legislation. Would it end up helping some people and businesses in New York? Perhaps, but at the expense of the taxpayer. But now, it’s little more than a mini-bailout for politicians’ buddies. And if you’re opposed to it, that means you want children to suffer and be homeless.


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MIYDKC3LIUBTVO7IMRCPONEFAE Mad Mike

    Way past time to impeach this Communist, Criminal, Pig! He has control over the majority of the senate so that will not happen. So what can we do? Get together and shut the whole country down. A sit down strike. Everywhere around the country. Bring this nation to a standstill until he is either impeached or resigns. Pick a target date and all of america goes on strike. Every employer, business owner, employee, consumer, refuse to work, to shop, to buy, anything. An entire nation in a standstill. This government will relent to the people or crumble. We have the real power in america, not this arrogant federal government! Let's show them who "runs america". Us, not them!

  • Brabado

    Really???

    What did anyone expected from a bunch of thieves? Or, how do you think we reached $17 Trillion in Debt?

    Looking foreward to see where our Nation is going to be in 2016... probably, living in Comunes, speaking Chinese, eating Rice 2 - only 2 - times a day, and riding bycikles...

    But don't worry about Obama and the first family... He will continue to flight Air Force One, taking Expensive Vacations, Golf Trips, etc. - as always, not spending his own money

    How do you folks, like C H A N G E, so far ??? Don't complain. You elected him not Once but Twice...

    MAY GOD PULL OUR NATION OUT OF THIS HELL, SOON!

  • downs1

    Why are you supprised? This has happened throughout history! Do you really think these politicians want to manage the financial problems of this nation in any kind of responsible way? They think they are playing with monopoly money! They also believe that the people are the bank and they can make a withdrawal any time they wish simply by raising your taxes! They have no intention of curtailing their insane spending! They are intellectually dishonest and behaviorily dishonest! Nothing has changed, and sadly we will experience the same national demise as every other great empire . . . through an implosion from within due to the corruption that developes when government metastasizes like a cancer! How utterly sad! And we are almost there!

  • sudsy

    Just another joke of BHO, and a poor one to say the least! BUT- It tells the story of the illegal president and his cronies!

  • cmjay

    We are facing TRILLION DOLLARS of DEBT and Obama is doling out money we don't have to fix Museum Roofs , subsidizing Fisheries and fixing the Kennedy Space Center. We no longer have a SPACE PROGRAM , for goodness sake. I can only PRAY for AMERICA. I have this feeling of HOPELESSNESS and HELPLESSNESS, but in times like this GOD is the only HELP we need.

  • seafari

    If every business would STOP paying the withholding tax (put it in escrow) Fire and rehire all possible employees that could be paid as independent contractors (form1099) and actually stand together UNITED against the tyrannical government that has developed, perhaps, something might change. BUT most people are too lazy, too self absobed and selfish to ask'

    "WHAT CAN I DO FOR MY COUNTRY." Most only think of being employed with lavish benefit packages that are nearly bankrupting many businesses, both large and small.

    Some of our elected officials -"POLY-TITANS" - vote themselves heath care benefits and full pay retirement pensions which they can receive after serving only one 6yr term as Senators or 2yr term as Representatives. You and I work 40+ years and have to barely exist on the fixed income of S.S and pensions that they even begrudge us. We need CHANGE all right. But not the kind of change that we have gotten in the past 4 yrs. and which looks like will become more oppressive in the next 4, OR LONGER.

    DOWN WITH THE IRS, FEDERAL INCOME TAX, WITHOLDING FROM PAY, PORKBARREL POLITICS, THE FEDERAL RESERVE, FOREIGN AID TO OUR SWORN ENEMIES WHO OPENLY DECLARE THEIR INTENTION TO DESTROY US. THESE ARE THE REAL CHANGES THAT ARE NEED TO PRESERVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Go to: http://www.FairTax.org Learn the TRUTH and then DO SOMETHING.

  • mad as hell

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    If every business would STOP paying the withholding tax (put it in escrow) Fire and rehire all possible employees that could be paid as independent contractors (form1099) and actually stand together UNITED against the tyrannical government that has developed, perhaps, something might change. BUT most people are too lazy, too self absobed and selfish to ask'

    "WHAT CAN I DO FOR MY COUNTRY." Most only think of being employed with lavish benefit packages that are nearly bankrupting many businesses, both large and small.

    Some of our elected officials -"POLY-TITANS" - vote themselves heath care benefits and full pay retirement pensions which they can receive after serving only one 6yr term as Senators or 2yr term as Representatives. You and I work 40+ years and have to barely exist on the fixed income of S.S and pensions that they even begrudge us. We need CHANGE all right. But not the kind of change that we have gotten in the past 4 yrs. and which looks like will become more oppressive in the next 4, OR LONGER.

    DOWN WITH THE IRS, FEDERAL INCOME TAX, WITHOLDING FROM PAY, PORKBARREL POLITICS, THE FEDERAL RESERVE, FOREIGN AID TO OUR SWORN ENEMIES WHO OPENLY DECLARE THEIR INTENTION TO DESTROY US. THESE ARE THE REAL CHANGES THAT ARE NEED TO PRESERVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Go to: http://www.FairTax.org Learn the TRUTH and then DO SOMETHING

  • mad as hell

    seafari•4 minutes ago

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    Some of our elected officials -"POLY-TITANS" - vote themselves heath care benefits and full pay retirement pensions which they can receive after serving only one 6yr term as Senators or 2yr term as Representatives. You and I work 40+ years and have to barely exist on the fixed income of S.S and pensions that they even begrudge us. We need CHANGE all right. But not the kind of change that we have gotten in the past 4 yrs. and which looks like will become more oppressive in the next 4, OR LONGER.

    DOWN WITH THE IRS, FEDERAL INCOME TAX, WITHOLDING FROM PAY, PORKBARREL POLITICS, THE FEDERAL RESERVE, FOREIGN AID TO OUR SWORN ENEMIES WHO OPENLY DECLARE THEIR INTENTION TO DESTROY US. THESE ARE THE REAL CHANGES THAT ARE NEEDED TO PRESERVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Go to: http://www.FairTax.org Learn the TRUTH and then DO SOMETHING

  • mad as hell

    −Some of our elected officials -"POLY-TITANS" - vote themselves heath care benefits and full pay retirement pensions which they can receive after serving only one 6yr term as Senators or 2yr term as Representatives. You and I work 40+ years and have to barely exist on the fixed income of S.S and pensions that they even begrudge us. We need CHANGE all right. But not the kind of change that we have gotten in the past 4 yrs. and which looks like will become more oppressive in the next 4, OR LONGER.

  • threebarrs

    This is exactly the kind of legislation that has for years and years continued to put us deeper in debt. Let's just have a bill in the amount that is only for Sandy victims, and let these legislators in both houses present bills that cover only the "pork barrell" items separately. I think it really is crappy to try to take advantage of Americans' generosity by sneaking some special interest items into legislation. Let's send them all home and elect new, not politically educated representatives to run our government.

  • BONCARBO

    Once again the tax payers will be on the hook for all the PORK in this bill, I sure hope the GOP will trim all the PORK out of this and any other bill that has PORK in it, the only items that should be in bills are the items related to those bills that are presented to t he Congress, nothing else. Our government should be ashamed of itself, they think we are all stupid.

  • John M

    Well, a new four years...same old crap! Don't blame me. But if the truth be known I still can't believe that the election was on the up and up. Iowa...for the Dems. give me a break.

  • ginjit.dw

    planet obama is a fraud........

  • YO VINNIE

    "Obama’s Sandy Relief Bill Filled With Pork Barrel Projects"

    ......and obama is full of $$$$$hit

    Fiscal Cliff...... What a freakin' joke!

  • jsmithcsa

    Obama can't pass it -- only Congress can do that. I hope there are still enough smart conservatives in the House (Senate a lost cause for now) to stop this, and let America know why.

  • THis sucks

    Just who the hell writes this cow manure anyway?????????????Do the congressman do it?How many outside groups who are unaccountable and enelected to no one in on this travesty?To quote a line from the Yardbirds song"WHEN WILL IT END,WHEN WILL IT END???????????????Why don t shovel $38,000 this way to payoff our student loans since God is not stepping up and doing it?Outrageous,simply stinken outrageous.Where is the accountablility here?????????????

  • mamaj

    Steal & Spend the new SS.

  • http://twitter.com/madmemere June Gagnon

    Someone posted that $24 BILLION of this bill was designated for "Alaska" - -really?? I don't recall Hurricane Sandy going anywhere near Alaska- -do you?

  • CHARLIESCHAM NJ

    REMEMBER THIS IS SAME CONGRESS THAT VOTED HEALTH CARE BILL WITHOUT READING

  • rommel

    I really wonder if we will ever "know" the sponsors of these earmarks-are the republicans or democrats, liberal or conservative. Unfortunately, all politics are local..