Disaster after disaster

In wake of citizens' broken lives, administration says one thing, does another

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Barack Obama is legendary for giving a good speech.

But even the best oratory is hollow if there’s no substance to it.

At a memorial for the 15 people killed in a West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion in April, the president pledged this:

“We stand with you, and we do not forget. And we’ll be there even after the cameras leave and after the attention turns elsewhere. Your country will remain ever ready to help you recover and rebuild and reclaim your community.”

Nice, flowery words. But totally meaningless at the end of the day.

Mr. Obama’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has coldly denied disaster aid to the area, even after Mr. Obama’s promise to “be there even after the cameras leave and after the attention turns elsewhere.”

The April 17 blast not only killed 15, but injured 160 and leveled some 150 buildings in a 37-block area.

If it had been a tornado, there’d be no question that
disaster aid was warranted.

“President Obama’s FEMA has denied our state and our neighbors the necessary opportunities to rebuild critical infrastructure in the town, including an entire school,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said. “While President Obama has turned his back on Texas and gone against his word, we will continue to take care of our neighbors.”

“The president said he was going to be behind us, and his words and actions are completely different,” West Mayor Tommy Muska added.

Certainly the federal government can’t make everything right in these 50 states, and it already does too much. But if it’s not going to help out, don’t promise it, particularly to grieving families.

It’s not the first time this president and his administration have said one thing and done another, not even the first time they’ve done it to grieving families. The family of slain U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry, killed in the Obama administration’s disastrous Fast and Furious gun-running operation – which supplied Mexican drug cartels with high-powered arms – is still waiting for the same kind of
camaraderie the president promised the people of West, Texas.

Fact is, the Obama administration has added insult to injury in the Terry case, refusing to cooperate with Congress on unearthing what led to the operation that resulted in Terry’s death.

“Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to fully disclose the documents associated with Operation Fast and Furious and President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege serves to compound this tragedy,” Terry’s family said last year. “It denies the Terry family and the American people the truth.”

Ask the Syrian rebels how true this president is to his word. In purposely vague language, he drew a red line on the use of chemical weapons against the rebels by the Assad regime. Then when evidence of it surfaced, he retreated to say he wanted ironclad proof (which also has happened).

Then there was the promise of transparency – proved false in the Benghazi and Fast and Furious scandals, and even in the run-up to the Affordable Care Act, which he said would be so open to the public that it’d all be on C-SPAN.

Even if it had been, it’s clear we wouldn’t have been able to believe what we heard.

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Ms.Anthrope
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Ms.Anthrope 06/20/13 - 02:27 am
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West, Texas got .....

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16 million dollars in aid from Obama's emergency declaration. How much more do they want? And, what about the liability insurance policy that West Fertilizer Plant had? How much was that? Why should US taxpayers be responsible for the liabilities of a private buisiness ? Cannot the state of Texas shoulder some of the responsibility here? What about states rights? What about the state of Texas's responsibility here?
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This Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff seems to have its own set of facts for every event and they are always skewed to denigrate the Obama Administration.

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Truth Matters 06/20/13 - 03:42 am
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More on Obama

I realize that when you write anti-Obama pieces your paper gets more hits and responses, but might I suggest some other topics for your vast reading audience: 1) Why Issa releases selected parts of IRS transcripts to support his claim that WH was behind idea to target conservative groups, but did not release part where a conservative testified WH was not at the center of practice; 2) Why GOP members of Congress continue to waste taxpayers money voting nearly 40 times to repeal a law the SCOTUS has upheld, simply because they want to go on the record to placate their base. How many staff hours are needed to handle this? 3) Why not one of these GOP Congressmen/women is willing to give up their Government sponsored health care. 4) Where are the jobs the GOP promised when they reclaimed the House? Other than the new jobs created for doctors and technicians who will now perform the mandatory vaginal ultrasounds for some women in some states. (This from the party that claims not to like government interfering in the private lives of citizens.)

These ideas will get you started.

Your survey a short while back asked what readers wanted in their local paper? I am beginning to understand why many that I know won't buy your paper. At least in most major papers one can get a variety of opinions. Are you listening?

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Riverman1 06/20/13 - 04:44 am
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Tele Temp Help

Liberals don't have to buy the paper, reading it online helps the bottom line. If Obama didn't fulfill the promises he made in his speech, don't blame him. Blame the teleprompter that gives him the words. He has no idea what they mean. Did you see him in Berlin trying to give a speech without the teleprompter? It was hilarious. There should be a way to email the teleprompter if we want to voice our opinions with the executive branch. It's like the temporary hire president.

Ms.Anthrope
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Ms.Anthrope 06/20/13 - 07:20 am
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I opt for this topic.........

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4) Where are the jobs the GOP promised when they reclaimed the House?
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my income is my spending is your income is your spending is my income is my spending is ...............
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no job......no income.....no spending.....no income......no spending ....

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chascushman 06/20/13 - 07:24 am
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“President Obama’s FEMA has

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“President Obama’s FEMA has denied our state and our neighbors the necessary opportunities to rebuild critical infrastructure in the town, including an entire school,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said. “While President Obama has turned his back on Texas and gone against his word, we will continue to take care of our neighbors.”
The lying, racist, America hating Marxist/communist in the WH will do nothing to help the people in Texas after all they did not vote for him. Valerie Jarrett told it like it is.
"After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay."

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corgimom 06/20/13 - 07:52 am
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Shame on you, ACES. FEMA and

Shame on you, ACES.

FEMA and the SBA has already provided $7 million of aid to the town of West. They are also paying for 75% of debris removal. However, under the laws passed by CONGRESS it doesn't qualify as a major disaster. So Obama didn't go back on his word. Unless, of course, the ACES is a proponent of FEMA breaking the laws enacted by Congress.

"It's not unusual for FEMA to turn down that level of assistance for emergencies not stemming from natural disasters. In 2010, for example, officials denied a request for millions in aid after a gas pipeline explosion that consumed a Northern California neighborhood." That is from a story written by Ramit Plushnick-Masti for the Associated Press.

It wasn't a natural disaster. It occurred as the result of a fire. The fertilizer company was negligent. But would the ACES like to discuss that Texas law does not require that fertilizer plants to have liability insurance, the plant only had $1 MM of liability insurance, even though they knew that they had highly explosive chemicals on site?

And are we supposed to think that none of those property owners had insurance? The municipality didn't have insurance on the damaged schools?

Government money isn't free and it's not infinite. It comes from us, the taxpayers.

But I'm wondering, just how much money that Billy Morris and the AC has donated to help those victims. My guess is- none.

So the ACES doesn't want taxes raised on the rich, but expects the government to pay for everything. So... where is the money supposed to come from?

How does this fit in with their Tea Party philosophy of less government?

Ms.Anthrope
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Ms.Anthrope 06/20/13 - 08:07 am
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Washington Post vs. Augusta Chronicle

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2013/06/18/why-did-fe...

"FEMA, which has said it still has nearly $12 billion in its disaster-relief fund after the recent Oklahoma tornados, halted financial assistance for the West recovery at about $16 million. "
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as I said before..... how much more money do they want? Maybe their Oklahoma neighbors would like to donate their FEMA funds to West, Texas??? neighbors helping neighbors.......lol

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allhans 06/20/13 - 09:14 am
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Obama shouldn't make promises

Obama shouldn't make promises if he can't keep them. Does he even know what he can or can't do.
To him if it makes him sound good and look good at the photo op, then yeah man, that is the way to go...

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deestafford 06/20/13 - 09:17 am
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Let's put this falsehood of "obama being a great orator" to rest

He is not a good speaker. He is an excellent "teleprompter reader". He is incapable of extemporaneous speech. There have been several examples recently as was noted about his Berlin speech. When he does speak without the teleprompter his speech is full of ah's, uh's, and many verbal pauses.

He can only say well what others have written because he has no depth of knowledge about which he is speaking. He is an intellectually shallow person whose only commitment is to the leftist, statist, bring-America-down-to-size philosophy under which he was raised.

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allhans 06/20/13 - 09:46 am
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deestafford..I agree!!

deestafford..I agree!!

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rmwhitley 06/20/13 - 10:02 am
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with obama and the democratic left: if you're white, southern and from a conservatively leaning state, you're not on the boy's list. How many trips has the punk-in-chief made to the south? How many to reid's las vegas? how many to imanual's chicago? How many to kennedy's cape cod? How many to Europe? How many to hawaii, california, Asia, now Africa?

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Jon Lester 06/20/13 - 11:19 am
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TM, Issa's incompetence doesn't mean there isn't substance

to the Benghazi, "Fast & Furious" and IRS issues.

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Young Fred 06/20/13 - 11:44 am
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@Truth Matters - "At least in

@Truth Matters - "At least in most major papers one can get a variety of opinions. Are you listening?"

Umm, no you can't! Most all major papers are consistent in their “political leanings” in columns from the editorial staff.

They may print letters to the editor or columns from outside contributors and syndicated columnist that show a variety of opinions, but so does the AC.

As far as the content in the rest of the paper, the AC certainly does show a variety of opinion. Just look how often the Associated Press is used. The AP is notorious for leaving out relative facts in their reporting. The facts left out tend to be unflattering to the leftist point of view and would support a more right-leaning (i.e. the AC editorial staff) point of view.

Frankly, I don’t know why any paper would regularly use such a discredited wire service. So, I’d say the AC, overall, goes out of their way to present a variety of opinions.

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corgimom 06/20/13 - 12:02 pm
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I'm still waiting for the

I'm still waiting for the "sweeping changes" that the ACES said would come, after Tea Party candidates were elected.

When is it going to happen?

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dichotomy 06/20/13 - 03:22 pm
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"Why GOP members of Congress

"Why GOP members of Congress continue to waste taxpayers money voting nearly 40 times to repeal a law the SCOTUS has upheld"

Because that is what 60% of the people want...Obamacare repealed and replaced.

"Why not one of these GOP Congressmen/women is to give up their Government sponsored health care."

That is easy....BECAUSE WHAT THEY HAVE IS NOT OBAMACARE. IT'S REAL HEALTH INSURANCE. It's not "government sponsored"....it is employee sponsored, partially paid by the worker with the employee paid part as a WORK benefit. It is a MUCH better insurance than Obamacare every will be, administered by REAL insurance companies, not the government.... and that is why they do not want to give it up.

" Where are the jobs the GOP promised when they reclaimed the House? "

They were talking about if they reclaimed the House and the Senate. They didn't and the coward Democrat Harry Reid refuses to let the Senate vote on the proposals that the House did, and are still, passing to the Senate. One of the best job creators would be to REPEAL OBAMACARE.

And there are a LOT more witnesses saying that the IRS scandal came out of Washington than the ONE, supposed conservative IRS employee that says it didn't.

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t3bledsoe 06/20/13 - 06:46 pm
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Quote from the editorial

"The April 17 blast not only killed 15, but injured 160 and leveled some 150 buildings in a 37-block area.

If it had been a tornado, there’d be no question that
disaster aid was warranted."

I know that the following IS NOT the point that The Chronicle is trying to make, but it brings up something that I equate it to.

People, our country is 16 trillion dollars in debt. Our country has been hit by disaster after disaster over the past 7 months. If our government would get some financial conservative behavior, our government would pull EVERY AMERICAN TROOP out of Iraq and Afganistan NOW !! Duh, we should channel all of that wasted money into helping the people that have been so terribally battered by these disasters !! Why can't our government realize that we CAN NOT BE THE WORLD's POLICE !!!!

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Ms.Anthrope 06/20/13 - 07:16 pm
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west, texas.....

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Their population is about 2800 people and they have received 16 milllion dollars in aid. What more do they want?

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Gage Creed 06/20/13 - 09:16 pm
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And I still wait for the Hope

And I still wait for the Hope and Change that elected Obama...

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