There are no words to express my disappointment at your post.
The reference to $20B of insured losses is the dollar amount INSURANCE COMPANIES are expected to lose as a result of COMMERCIAL claims – http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/press_releases/detail.cfm?pr_id=778925
It shouldn’t take a lot of smarts to figure out that disaster relief includes losses NOT covered by insurance and that businesses aren’t the only ones to suffer losses. Let’s get real.
ABC News, 30-Oct-12: “U.S. economic losses could range around $35 billion to $45 billion.”
NY Times, 01-Nov-12: “Losses from the storm could total $30 billion to $50 billion, according to Eqecat” and “Moody’s Analytics also put the impact in the $50 billion range”
Minnpost, 03-Jan-13: “Hurricane Sandy over the northeastern Atlantic coast and inland, October 30-31; 131 dead and losses estimated at $62 billion.”
Wikipedia, 8 January 2013 at 05:37: “Damage in the US is estimated at over $63 billion (2012 USD).”
Notice how the estimates of total losses go up over time as the extent of the damages becomes clearer.
I have not knowingly misrepresented facts on the Café or said I did something that I didn’t. I HAVE gone to great lengths, particularly on this issue, to show where I have gotten my information; I showed my sources. I acknowledged that there may be a better source for the Senate bill. But YOU didn’t find it or cite it!! What did you do? You parroted a list of 10 items from “another site” and then didn’t have the guts to name it, to tell us where you got those “facts.” So, where did you “find” them? What were THEIR source(s) and are those sources the Senate bill or just other ultra rightwing websites and/or pundits?
You said you found references to ALL of those items in the bill. That statement is untrue. You did not. Scan the document for the word “roof,” for instance. Hello, IT’S NOT THERE. Try “military base” or “Guantanamo.” THEY’RE NOT THERE. How about “Kennedy” or “Florida” or “Plum” or “animal?” NOT THERE EITHER.
1) “$28 billion for future ‘disaster-mitigation’ projects.” Just as you acknowledged, it is difficult to parse some items between emergency and longer term mitigation efforts. However, your original comment was that the bill was “insanely pork riddled.” Perhaps you could find at least a few billion dollars in disaster-mitigation projects that are pork. Direct quotations would be nice.
2) “$100 million for the repair of all 265 Head Start centers around the country.” The ONLY reference in the bill to Head Start begins on page 78 under the title “CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES PROGRAMS” and allocates $100 million “…for activities to assist affected Head Start agencies… (including supportive services for children and families, and provision of mental health services for children affected by Hurricane Sandy), and costs of renovating, repairing, or rebuilding those Head Start facilities damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy…” Not only are the funds restricted to the effects of Sandy, they are further restricted as to not being able to be used for anything reimbursable by FEMA. So Teacher, THIS CLAIM IS A LIE.
3) “$8 million (+) to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments.” The bill says, “the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security shall identify and relocate any vehicles currently based at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of such agencies used for non-operational purposes to replace vehicles of those agencies damaged by Hurricane Sandy.” Furthermore, the only allocation to the DOH is $20,000 “for necessary expenses related to the consequences of Hurricane Sandy,” and to HS, $1,667,000 “for ‘‘Salaries and Expenses’’ for necessary expenses related to the consequences of Hurricane Sandy,” – no references to “cars and equipment.” Teacher, again A LIE.
4) “$150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska.” This item, as worded, IS for more than just Hurricane Sandy relief but NOT just for Alaska as claimed. The $150 million is ”…for necessary expenses related to fishery disasters as declared by the Secretary of Commerce in calendar year 2012: Provided, That the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shall submit a spending plan to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate within 45 days after the date of enactment of this Act: Provided further, That such amount is designated by the Congress as being for an emergency requirement…” The fact is that on September 12 & 13, 2012, 3 fishery disasters were declared: one in Alaska, one in Mississippi and one in the Northeast covering 6 states. At the time of the Sandy relief bill, no funds had been appropriated for these declarations. This item could, but does not necessarily, provide funding for the aforementioned fishery disasters declared by the Secretary of Commerce plus the fishery disasters resulting from Hurricane Sandy. While funding prior disaster declarations is not “Sandy relief,” neither is such funding pork.
5) “$2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in Washington, D.C.” Again, no “roof” in the bill, only “ ‘Salaries and Expenses’ for necessary expenses related to the consequences of Hurricane Sandy…” So, are you saying that repairing damage to the Smithsonian caused by Sandy is “pork?”
6) “$207 million for the VA Manhattan Medical Center” “for renovations and repairs… as a consequence of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy” (pg 83). This is “pork?”
7, 8 & 9) Are completely bogus, aka, LIES. No such, nada, nothing.
10) “$1.1 million to repair national cemeteries” which according to the bill are “for necessary expenses related to the consequences of Hurricane Sandy: Provided, That such amount is designated by the Congress as being for an emergency requirement…”