GOP's Sandy vote shameful

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How sad it is when congressional Republicans from Georgia feel satisfied to deny help to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Thousands of these victims in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are homeless and in need of shelter and the minimum needs of family life. What is it with Tom Price, Rob Woodall, Doug Collins, Tom Graves and, of course Paul Broun that they see a political advantage to themselves when they voted “no” to give the victims in a cold climate nothing and to fend for themselves?

How desperate these Republicans must be to enjoy seeing aching faces and shivering folks, and to purposely deny them government funds because they live in a different part of the country. How arrogant the Georgia Republicans are when long-term Republicans such as U.S. Rep. Peter King from New York, Gov. Chris Christie from New Jersey and representatives from Connecticut just about got on their knees pleading with their colleagues to vote “yes” for emergency funds but to no avail. How ashamed the folks in Georgia must feel to be pointed out as not wanting to help their brethren.

Fortunately, Georgia Democrats such as U.S. Rep. John Barrow and a lone Republican, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, voted to help these victims along with the majority of the House of Representatives to pass the legislation. Oh yes, the Republicans will claim that the bill had pork for other areas and it wasn’t a “clean bill.” There are few “clean” bills that are passed, and that is no excuse for denying the highest priority for Americans – that is a good life and a secure household.

We live in times with storms, floods and tornadoes increasingly striking our cities no matter how large or how small, whether in the North or South. The Georgia Republicans have set a terrible example for us in Georgia because, sooner or later, we too will suffer the ravages of nature and have to appeal for government aid. Who then will vote “yes”?

(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

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justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/22/13 - 06:10 am
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Unreal

"Oh yes, the Republicans will claim that the bill had pork for other areas and it wasn’t a “clean bill.” There are few “clean” bills that are passed, and that is no excuse for denying the highest priority for Americans" . Yes it is. If these politicians would have just addressed the issues associated with Sandy instead of "never letting a good crisis go to waste", we wouldn't be having this conversation. The fault doesn't lay with the responsible lawmakers who see the ever increasing debt. It lays with the opportunist who see yet another chance to buy votes.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 01/22/13 - 06:24 am
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this is what exactly wrong

this is what exactly wrong with DC..passing bills with pork riden with projects that have absolutely nothing to do with the originial content of the bill..this give critics the ground to say so and so doesnt care...look we are broke..help is needed ..keep bill clean..so when 16 billion is needed and the bill comes in close to 50 billion dont blame the grownups...

Gary Ross
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Gary Ross 01/22/13 - 07:45 am
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The blame game is still alive and prosperous

That's it. Blame the republicans again. As if they haven't been kicked down in the mud enough. Before writing an article like this, you need to do a little research so you know what you're talking about. Very little of this money (if any) would have gone to Sandy victims.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/22/13 - 08:00 am
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Double Whammy

Ordinary citizens get hit two (maybe three or four) times for the hurricane. One, we have to pay for federal relief; then, two, our own casualty insurance rates go up to pay for the insurance companies’ undercapitalization.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/22/13 - 08:29 am
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Get his name right please..

Rep Rob Woodall - GA(R)
District: 7
Phone: 202-225-4272
E-Mail Form: Click To E-Mail
Web Site: Click To Visit

If we had more like him we wouldn't be in so much debt...some help has been needed in many weather disasters...but question....how can we keep this up.....we either have to stop 100%......or allot so much for each disaster...

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 01/22/13 - 08:57 am
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Mr Greenbaum

Mr Greenbaum is intellectually dishonest and his letter , once again, targets low information voters....the democratic base. He then goes on to add, " We live in times with storms, floods and tornadoes increasingly striking our cities ." These events are down ,as are hurricanes. Obama and the Democrats should just outlaw bad weather....oh ..that would result in less victims for them to rescue.

Bulldog1
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Bulldog1 01/22/13 - 08:59 am
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Media Success

The main stream meda has won again. The writers complete ignorance of the subject shows just how successful the "mainstream media" has become at completely misleading the average sheeple. Sad...

myfather15
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myfather15 01/22/13 - 09:20 am
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Hey Lowell;

"There are few “clean” bills that are passed, and that is no excuse for denying the highest priority for Americans – that is a good life and a secure household." Really? So you make excuse for pork spending but bash republicans? Why don't you work hard to get rid of PORK, instead of make excuses. So, if the bill didn't have so much PORK, would they have voted for it? Should a BILL not address the EXACT problem it is supposed to address? So, isn't it the greedy people who are putting the PORK in the bill that are too blame for people being cold?

Instead of the partisan attacks, why don't try to unite ALL of us behind what we REALLY should be mad at; pork spending. A bill for Hurricane Sandy relief should be a BILL FOR SANDY RELIEF, get it?? So, lets put the blame where it actually belongs; on the politicians who love to put spending right in the middle that has NOTHING to do with Sandy. THOSE people should receive our full wrath at the voting both. Why not publish their names, getting that out there so we could know? Wouldn't fit your Republican bashing agenda, would it?

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 01/22/13 - 09:30 am
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Myfather

You are exactly correct. This is the reason I said he was " intellectually dishonest". He knows these republican congressmen would have voted to help the victims of Sandy and they only wanted to eliminate the wasteful spending. This country will never turn around until Mr Greenbaum is willing to stan with republicans against wasteful pork spending. It start with honesty. He is the perfect example of a man that puts partisan politics above the wellbeing of this country.

rdb613@gmail.com
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rdb613@gmail.com 01/22/13 - 09:35 am
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Sandy vote

What is shameful is that the senate has never passed a budget since Obama was elected president. They refuse to vote on a line item veto so that wasteful pork can be eliminated from important bills. But that is understandable as the wasteful pork and freebee handouts are the main portion of the democratic bills.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/22/13 - 09:53 am
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Lowell....are you talking

Lowell....are you talking about those Republicans who said they were happy to pass aid for Sandy victims if the DEMOCRATS would take that unrelated CRAP out of the bill. Much of it had NOTHING TO DO WITH SANDY VICTIMS.

The only thing you have said that was truthful is that this has become a way of doing business in Washington. Attaching UNRELATED PORK to needed legislation is EXACTLY WHY WE ARE BROKE.

So once again Lowell Greenbaum you have told an untruth for partisan political purposes. The Republicans were anxious to help Sandy victims but the Democrats held up this legislation by filling it with PORK that was totally unrelated to Sandy. Even you don't believe this drivel you are drooling this morning.

So Lowell, your article SHOULD have been about the fact that the Democrats, once again, have taken a simple problem, complicated it, and spent twice the amount of money as what was actually needed. That's what the country gets when your party is under the leadership of the Socialist. Spend as much borrowed money as possible and never let a crisis go to waste.

Lowell...here is a subject for next month's letter. YOUR president has been in power for 4 years. Our biggest and most immediate problems are our DEBT and UNEMPLOYMENT. YOUR president has done nothing to solve either and in fact has made them worse. Chew on that for a month and spit us out another piece of Democrat propganda. The subject should be something like....We FAILED To Fix The Problems And Our Policies Haven't Changed.....or maybe......Because We Are Socialists, That's Why......or.......Damn The Facts, It's The Ideology That Counts.

Jane18
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Jane18 01/22/13 - 10:01 am
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Richmond County Democrat Chairman of Lies

YEAH, Lowell Greenbaum, how about answering myfather15's questions? You probably won't, because you would have to do some backtracking wouldn't you? You have a big title, but some of us know what you really are....................Pile it on him, dichotomy!

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bubbasauce 01/22/13 - 10:03 am
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Mr. Greenbaum, I'm going to

Mr. Greenbaum, I'm going to flag your whole article because to me this is very offensive to even suggest Republicans from Ga. do not want to help Sandy victims. I personally gave three coats and other clothing to a collection at work. What have you given personally to them? All you and your fellow Democrats want to do as previously said by another post is give away pork to make yourself and fellow dems look good and buy votes for the next go round. You guys never miss an opportunity to bash Republicans do you? Disgusting!

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 01/22/13 - 10:07 am
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@ seenit 8:29am

You are correct. I called Editorial. They will double check and fix it. Thank you.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 01/22/13 - 10:19 am
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As I've
Unpublished

said before. I certainly hope Dr. Greenbaum is better at decision making as a physician than as an advocate of truth and honesty.

seabass
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seabass 01/22/13 - 10:55 am
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Sandy Vote

Isn't it shameful that the bill also provided money for Alaska fisheries? Isn't it shameful that it also included cash for NASA? Isn't it shameful it also induced funds for repair on the Smithsonian that were documented PRIOR to Sandy? Isn't it shameful that the elected representatives for those States did not make it PRIORITY one to stick close by the bill as it went through the process to make sure there was no pork or any other impediments to it being passed in a timely manner? Isn't it shameful that there is still 100 million of our dollars used fraudulently for Katrina relief that has yet to be collected? Isn't it shameful that former Mayor Nagen a Democrat is facing 21 corruption charges and he still won reelection in 2006 with the help of his strong black voter support? Now really isn't that shameful?

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 01/22/13 - 11:08 am
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Without blaming a certain party

I thought it was dispicable that the house couldn't pass a bill to help those folks who were devastated by Sandy.
I went through Hurricane Hugo in 1989. I was one of the fools who stayed in downtown Charleston and rode out the storm. I'm lucky to be alive.

We had a democratic mayor and a republican governor (Carroll Cambell)
President George HW Bush came to see the damage and didn't even meet with Charleston's mayor. He toured the area with Republican Governor Cambell. Didn't even call the mayor. Didn't so much as lift a finger to see how we were doing.
Politicians reek of corruption and shady deals and then have the nerve to blame the citizens.

MTBer
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MTBer 01/22/13 - 12:32 pm
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Liberals? Comments?

Where are the typical left-leaning liberals on this one? Not much to say in this instance? Truth too hard to fathom in this case?

Butterbean
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Butterbean 01/22/13 - 03:57 pm
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What bothers me ..

What really bothers me is that Mr. Greenbaum actually believes what he has presented at facts. Go figure.

GeeDeeS
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GeeDeeS 01/22/13 - 05:04 pm
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Hmmm

The House Appropriations Committee's base bill provides $17 billion in immediate relief to disaster-stricken areas. Lawmakers are expected to add a $33.7 billion amendment from Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ11), which includes $10.9 billion for public transportation projects.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 01/22/13 - 05:37 pm
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myfather15
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myfather15 01/22/13 - 09:21 pm
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"Leaders" like Mr. Greenbaum

"Leaders" like Mr. Greenbaum are the exact reason this Country is losing her morals. But, the people need a lot of credit as well, the people keep voting in such immoral people. It's the exact definition of insanity; we keep electing the same people or type people over and over and expect a difference result.

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KSL 01/22/13 - 11:57 pm
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Typical Dem BS.

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