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    Re: White House in damage control mode as potential scandals pile up [W:378]

    Quote Originally Posted by Gimmesometruth View Post
    There was plenty of fed funding of services signed off by the President, even as the storm hit...



    Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy partially activated the state's Emergency Operations Center on October 26[130] and signed a Declaration of Emergency the next day.[131] On October 28, President Obama approved Connecticut's request for an emergency declaration, and hundreds of National Guard personnel were deployed.[132] On October 29, Governor Malloy ordered road closures for all state highways.[133] Numerous mandatory and partial evacuations were issued in cities across Connecticut.[134]

    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick ordered state offices to be closed October 29 and recommended schools and private businesses close. On October 28, President Obama issued a Pre-Landfall Emergency Declaration for Massachusetts. Several shelters were opened, and many schools were closed.[135] The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority shut down all services on the afternoon of October 29.[136] On October 28, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, and Maine's Governor Paul LePage all declared states of emergency



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    November 2, 2012
    Federal Relief Costs Likely to Be Big, and Contested
    By ERIC LIPTON and JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    WASHINGTON — The first trickle of federal funds has started to go out after Hurricane Sandy — $29 million to rebuild highways, $30 million to hire temporary workers to help with the cleanup. But lawmakers are just beginning to tally what is certain to be a multibillion-dollar bill for the federal government at a time of fiscal restraint.

    At least initially, New York, New Jersey and other states most affected by the storm will be spared the traditional fights in Washington over disaster assistance, thanks to a little-noticed provision in last year’s budget agreement that arose from the debt-ceiling fight and resulted in Congress setting aside roughly $12 billion for disaster relief.

    The Federal Emergency Management Office has $7.5 billion to spend this fiscal year, and an additional $5 billion could be made available with no spending offsets required in other government programs.

    While that will help in the short term, the East Coast states hit by the giant storm will almost certainly request billions in additional federal dollars, which would require appropriations by Congress and could set off partisan — or geographic — wrangling and stir longstanding concerns about fraud and waste.

    New York state officials have already started to apply pressure on the federal government to cover a greater share of the rebuilding cost than is provided under the law, seeking 100 percent reimbursement for major infrastructure projects compared with the 75 percent automatically provided in major disasters. State officials have also talked of an ambitious new sea wall system, with a possible price tag of at least $10 billion, that could protect New York from a future superstorm.

    “Our counties are responding to the continued impacts of multibuilding fires, tunnel closures, power losses to hospitals and other critical infrastructure, destroyed homes and sheltered populations — all in the midst of historic flooding that has complicated emergency response operations exponentially,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wrote to President Obama on Wednesday.

    Lawmakers from New York and elsewhere, perhaps wary of any requests for new federal spending that could become political fodder, so far are playing down the need for additional money. But when pressed, they acknowledge that they could soon follow.

    “I think there is a very good chance we are going to need more than that,” Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said in an interview Thursday of FEMA’s disaster-relief reserves. “But the immediate needs are being taken care of without people looking over their shoulders.”
    Fact:

    It took President Obama 39 days to submit a $60.4 billion request to Congress for Sandy emergency relief.

    It took President Bush 10 days to submit a $51.8 billion request to Congress for Hurricane Katrina emergency relief.


    Spin all you want, those are the facts.

    These are the facts today:

    After Hurricane Sandy, Homeless Still Number In The Thousands In New York, New Jersey

    And as usual, President Obama gets a free ride, while the Bush Deranged are still mentally obsessed.

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    Re: White House in damage control mode as potential scandals pile up [W:378]

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Covering his ass for lying about Benghazi to avoid scandal before the election. I don't believe one word coming from the CIA on this matter. Here you are, knowing they (the CIA) admitted to lying about the event, acknowledging that they will lie to suit their purposes, and yet you're so easily willing to believe them when they give you a story that covers your favored son.
    Avoiding a scandal, what scandal? What difference did it make whether the attack at Benghazi was planned or not?

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    Re: White House in damage control mode as potential scandals pile up [W:378]

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Covering his ass for lying about Benghazi to avoid scandal before the election. I don't believe one word coming from the CIA on this matter. Here you are, knowing they (the CIA) admitted to lying about the event, acknowledging that they will lie to suit their purposes, and yet you're so easily willing to believe them when they give you a story that covers your favored son.
    Are you a lawyer for Alqeada? They lied to deceive them and that bothers you? I hope you got a big retainer.

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    Re: White House in damage control mode as potential scandals pile up [W:378]

    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative View Post
    My personal economy has done well regardless of the President because I always operate under Conservative principles
    Conservative principles?... Like tax evasion?

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    Re: White House in damage control mode as potential scandals pile up [W:378]

    Quote Originally Posted by ocean515 View Post
    Fact:

    It took President Obama 39 days to submit a $60.4 billion request to Congress for Sandy emergency relief.

    It took President Bush 10 days to submit a $51.8 billion request to Congress for Hurricane Katrina emergency relief.


    Spin all you want, those are the facts.

    These are the facts today:

    After Hurricane Sandy, Homeless Still Number In The Thousands In New York, New Jersey

    And as usual, President Obama gets a free ride, while the Bush Deranged are still mentally obsessed.
    Didn't the Republicans insist to cut the budget in other areas to pay for the help? Did Bush get the same treatment?

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    Re: White House in damage control mode as potential scandals pile up [W:378]

    Quote Originally Posted by Buck Ewer View Post
    Conservative principles?... Like tax evasion?
    Absolutely, I find it quite rewarding to spend my own money the way I see fit so taxpayers don't have to fund a bureaucrat to do it for me. If you need money so badly give me your address and I will send you a check directly vs giving it to a bureaucrat to take administrative fees and then send you only part of what you want or need.

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    Re: White House in damage control mode as potential scandals pile up [W:378]

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    Didn't the Republicans insist to cut the budget in other areas to pay for the help? Did Bush get the same treatment?
    So you don't think that there was enough emergency money available in a 3.77 trillion dollar budget to fund Hurricane Sandy relief? 60 billion dollars is petty cash for the govt.

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    Re: White House in damage control mode as potential scandals pile up [W:378]

    Quote Originally Posted by iguanaman View Post
    Are you a lawyer for Alqeada? They lied to deceive them and that bothers you? I hope you got a big retainer.
    Are you an American? What bothers me is the very real probability they (the CIA) lied and are still lying to us, Americans, to cover the POTUS and his proto-POTUS, the SOS. That doesn't bother you?

    Now, tell me a comforting fairytale about how the CIA never, ever does such a thing.

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    Re: White House in damage control mode as potential scandals pile up [W:378]

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    Didn't the Republicans insist to cut the budget in other areas to pay for the help? Did Bush get the same treatment?
    Didn't Obama take 39 days to submit a request, and Bush take only 10 days?

    The rest of your attempted spin goes nowhere.

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    Re: White House in damage control mode as potential scandals pile up [W:378]

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    Avoiding a scandal, what scandal? What difference did it make whether the attack at Benghazi was planned or not?
    An attack during election season, especially in light of orders to stand down and the lightly armored state of the embassy considering the recent events there, don't speak well for the re-election chances of the POTUS. Best to blame it on a video and broilerplate muslim violence.

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