Hurricane Sandy left parts of New Jersey and New York in devastation. But who would have thought that it had affected so many parts of America? This had to be the perfect storm stretching from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to the great state of Alaska. At least that is what our Big Government in Washington, DC would have one believe.
Of course, some in the affected area do need help and assistance. On the other hand, most should have carried homeowner’s insurance on their principal residence to protect their assets against these risks. Some have surely gambled that events such as hurricane Sandy would never strike their area so they did not carry insurance. Should the government step in to rescue those who gambled and lost? This would be rewarding bad behavior which our government seems to be in the habit of doing in many areas of our lives.
Many other Congressmen, Senators and government agencies have jumped on the pork wagon. Now the hurricane Sandy legislation has ballooned to more than $60 billion. This is exactly what is wrong with our Big Government-legitimate needs cannot be met without our legislators adding luxury wants to appease special interests. And then these special interests fund the incumbents’ campaigns with some of the same money they benefited from.
Here is some of the pork that smells fishy:
*$125 million for Dept of Agriculture’s Emergency Watershed Protection Program which helps restore watersheds damaged by drought and wildfires.
* $20 million for a nationwide Water Resources Priorities study.
* $2 million to repair museum roofs in Washington, DC.
* $50 million in subsidies for tree planting on private properties.
* $5.3 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers-more than its annual budget.
* $12.9 billion for future disaster mitigation activities and studies.
* $150 million for “fishery disasters” in Alaska.
Who will get the $150 million for the fishery disasters in our state? Is this just more welfare? Why is the Big Government (i.e., the rest of America) having to pay for a bad salmon run this year in Alaska? This could be our next “bridge to nowhere” and bring more ridicule to our great state. Will more money be forthcoming next year if there is another bad salmon run?
We need leaders who lead, leaders with the political courage to sacrifice their “careers” and do what is right for this country. This must stop if this country is to survive. This is fiscal insanity. If these leaders do not come forth, then the future of this country is questionable.