Curb government spending on Sandy

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Washington Post
  • Updated: January 16, 2013 - 2:53 PM

Americans should be shocked at how much the federal government might spend. Lawmakers' decisions about disaster relief significantly affect lives, property and the federal balance sheet.

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jimmywestoneJan. 16, 13 3:16 PM

I am sure that the person writing this article would also say that there is no way we can afford to cut defense spending by $60 billion a year. Give me a break... the government is supposed to help out in times of crisis. If we can afford to spend $1 trillion on wars that give us nothing in return, the least that our government should be able to do is to provide for our own citizens when a huge natural disaster hits.

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raymondb62Jan. 16, 13 4:09 PM

The writer also neglects to mention that it is yahoos like him who whine and knash their teeths about any type of spending that make it impossible for the Government to do the type of thoughtful longterm planning that he is suggesting. The Governance of a society is an expensive proposition and people need to get over the fact that they have to pitch in to pay for the running of this Country that we all take for granted.

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macsacJan. 16, 13 4:43 PM

This is surely to be unpopular, but it seems that someone is confusing the role of government with the role of society. Governments role is to protect individual liberty. Society can, and should, decide to offer help when needed, but that's not the role of the Government.

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swschradJan. 16, 13 5:18 PM

how about, the congresscritters yowling the loudest about Federal spending get no Federal money spent in their states to start with. nothing. we can probably balance the budget and start paying down the debt right there, buy our bonds back from the Chinese and the Saudis.

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mn2niceJan. 16, 13 5:28 PM

It is a sad tale when people in the house or senate want to turn disaster relief into a political football. I bet they don't do that when it their district that is affected. But he is right about one thing, and that is they need to create a disaster contingency fund that goes for nothing other than disaster relief. Wording needs to be placed in the bill stat says the funds can be used for nothing else.

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fanofcaribouJan. 16, 13 5:35 PM

"Congress should at least budget disaster-assistance money upfront to the greatest extent possible and through the normal appropriations process, where the spending trade-offs are clearer and lawmakers don't have to legislate under the duress of emergency" --This part is a good idea. You just have to figure out how much to put in, and how to give it out. The one thing is that once its gone, its gone, no more until next budget. The Gov't can help with infrastructure repair, and some type of relief. I'm not so sure about anything beyond that.

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mahogma66Jan. 16, 13 6:05 PM

Isn't it odd that this wasn't even an issue when Katrina hit? Of course,there was a white Republican President at the time, and the deficit is NEVER an issue when the Republicans are in power. Cheney said so (http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_09/remember_deficits_dont_matter032197.php)

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theagonybhoJan. 16, 13 6:08 PM

Nothing wrong with Sandy relief, absolutely nothing else should have been attached to it, how politicians can sleep after attaching pork to a disaster when the country is broke is beyond me.

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dave9398Jan. 16, 13 6:09 PM

I'd be interested in hearing where the 60 billion is going. If it is truly going to disaster relief, I don't have an issue with the number. If the money is going to pork projects and people who chose not to have insurance, I would be concerned.

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comment229Jan. 16, 13 7:48 PM

I agree; the pork must go. How about first publishing the names of the congressmen who tossed irrelevant pork into this bill? After all, they must be very proud of their efforts and deserve the recognition, don't you think?

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