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Friday, November 23, 2012

Government Doing What It Does Best...

...sticking it to the folks that need help the most. Stretch sends in this lovely story out of Long Island, NY. It seems that, even though Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, and President Obama earned accolades for his response to the damage done, folks are still rebuilding, and local authorities are less-than-useless in helping. In fact, they're downright hostile...

Village to 96-year-old man, residents: clean up debris
MYFOXNY.COM - The cleanup in Amityville, Long Island, is still underway three weeks after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of the region. So when residents got a warning that they now have to get rid of all of the debris themselves, they were none too happy.

Pete Picucci, 96, spends hours a day sitting in front of his fireplace, the lone source of warmth after Sandy flooded his home, destroying pretty much everything.

And now the residents are being told that they need to secure their own dumpsters and debris removal. Now, call me crazy, but didn't Barack Obama promise FEMA help with cleanup? Wasn't that part of his big re-election push, that his response to Hurricane Sandy was immediate and decisive, and showed him to be a strong leader? Why, then, in a suburb of the largest city in the United States, do we have city leaders telling people they're on their own for cleaning up after a natural disaster?

It's fascinating to see the reaction - or, again, lack thereof. George Bush was crucified for his response to Katrina in New Orleans - despite many delays by local and state officials being much of the reason for the response delay. When the President has a "D" after his name, though, the lack of a response is shrugged off. Local officials are reporting skepticism at FEMA responding to their requests - and there's a resounding case of crickets in the news. No celebrity air heads are questioning whether Barack Obama hates suburbanites.

And a 96 year old man is being cited for debris in his yard - this is the best government can do.

That is all.

11 comments:

Rev. Paul said...

"this is the best government can do."

Yeah, gummint can't shoot the debris, so having set aside their sole response, they've given up.

bluesun said...

So what? Are they going to arrest everyone for noncompliance? That would look good in headlines...

Erin Palette said...

Dear New Yorkers:

You elected a turd as president. Now shut up and enjoy your turd sandwich.

Pam said...

What did you think was going to happen, you stupid liberal fools?

Anonymous said...

Erin is right. Local authorities are too busy cracking down on Big Gulps and trans fats to help the voters.

Use your Obama phone to call a contractor.

Gerry

Geodkyt said...

Bluesun --

The notices apparantly threaten the property with condemnation, meaning Bloomy gets to come in with bulldozers, level teh lot, and resell the property to favored buyers, with the proceeds going into the city coffers.

The owner gets nothing -- MIGHT even get a bill for the cost of clearance. . .

Ed said...

The elections is over, and apparently so is the political honeymoon.

Some say Thomas Jefferson said “The government you elect is government you deserve.”

H.L. Mencken said it better: "People deserve the government they get, and they deserve to get it good and hard."

Anonymous said...

Geodkyt -
Will they be turned into high-dollar McMansons, or will Bloomie have them turned into "greenspace" and "floodways," thus driving up the rent for other people and forcing them out?

LittleRed1

John Richardson said...

Gives new meaning to "Amityville Horror".

HTRN said...

It's nothing to do with FEMA, Obama, Bloomberg, or anything else.

It's the local city council, who took one look at the projected costs and said "Nope, not our problem - you pay for it".

Geodkyt said...

I'm thinking McMansions.

That way, should another disasterous storm come along, they can repeat for more profit.