Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Frankenstorm


One of the worst storms in decades seems to have brought persons together.  Nice to see Gov. Christie complimenting President Obama on the quick relief and coordination of efforts in New Jersey.  I'm sure that Obama has gone out of his way to make sure relief gets to those hardest hit fast.  Of course, complaints will arise in the aftermath of the storm, but I imagine Mitt Romney is eating his words about FEMA.

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  1. Romney with his private relief,

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/romney-turns-rally-storm-relief-event-172745725--election.html

    and Obama with his public relief,

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/obama-gets-sandy-scraps-more-campaign-plans-161734255--election.html

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  2. I hope America is paying attention -- this is why we have government agencies, the agencies the Republicans want to eliminate.

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  3. I hope so too. The private relief in Ohio is a joke, although I imagine he will soon be in Virginia mounting relief efforts, to show how well the private sector works during times of crisis ; )

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  4. I seem to remember Bush working with the private sector in the wake of the Katrina disaster. Wasn't it the private sector that sold the government thousands of trailers that proved uninhabitable because they were contaminated with formaldehyde?

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  5. Also farmed out much of the security to private contractors, including the notorious Blackwater USA, resulting in many ugly situations.

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    1. Indeed. "Life in the Emerald City" by Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a painful read.

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  6. And as I think was mentioned earlier, the government pays twice as much -- to the contractor and to its workers. Like a temp agency which takes its "free market" cut off the top.

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  7. Seems the biggest news story to come out of this storm is the working relationship between Obama and Christie,

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/jersey-bromance-president-obama-and-chris-christie-survey-storm-damage/

    kind of throws a fly into the ointment as far as Republican claims that Obama is working against them.

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  8. I give Christie a lot of credit. He has had nothing but praise to sing about Obama now. Wonder how he feels about Romney's idea of privatizing FEMA or giving it back to the states now that he's operating on three days of no sleep.

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  9. More fallout from the hurricane,

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/nyregion/bloomberg-endorses-obama-saying-hurricane-sandy-affected-decision.html?pagewanted=all

    I loved the end paragraph,

    "Coming on the heels of Gov. Chris Christie’s public embrace of Mr. Obama, the endorsement by Mr. Bloomberg left aides to Mr. Romney a bit flustered, and they privately dismissed its importance."

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  10. Amazing image,

    http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/1HPt5EBfwXLDPvzfXTh_yg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NQ--/http://mit.zenfs.com/102/2012/11/nymagcvr121105_710.jpg

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  11. WOW! Beautiful but scary.

    I read an interesting article about the need to upgrade the grid into smaller networks to prevent that -- not to mention burying all the power lines in the DC area. Sounds like a great job program to me. Think the Republicans would allow that?

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  12. Yea, it seems the Republicans would rather grope around in the dark.

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