For most, it is a time of hurt, prayer, and time to heal. This is what people of good hearts do: they seek to help those impacted by a tragedy.
For politicians, however, they often do not wait very long to seek to cash in on public sentiment, which is acutely vulnerable and highly emotionally driven.
Here is an example of such.
Three siblings of mine lost their homes to the super-storm "Sandy" in late October.
Who would vote against a "Sandy" spending bill when people are hurting? People will call for their own to vote to help those impacted by Sandy, yet, will they know about the money for Alaska, for example? Money for non-Sandy victims?
Knowing this, politicians are jumping on the emotional bandwagon, far removed from the devastation of Sandy, hands outstretched for money.
Beware of the emotional deception by politicians.
Alaska, of Bridge to Nowhere fame, is set to again get a sizeable chunk of federal dough. Hurricane Sandy may have not affected Alaska at all, but Democrat senator Mark Begich of Alaska is requesting “$150 million for fisheries that have faced recent disasters in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as New England” in order “to address the marine debris washing up on the coasts of Western states from the Japan earthquake of March 2011,” reports Roll Call.
Furthermore, according to a letter from Jeffrey Zients, deputy director for management, the $60.4 billion bill includes almost $13 billion in funding for projects that will prevent future flood damage, not repair projects currently damaged.
And if that’s not bad enough, it turns almost none of the money allocated in this bill that is being sped up to allow quick relief for Sandy victims will be spent in the near future. According to the Congressional Budget Office, only 15 percent would be spent this year. An additional 21 percent of the funds would be spent in the next fiscal year. That means 64 percent of the funding won’t be used until fiscal year 2015 or later.
It’s no wonder that some congressional aides have begun referring to he bill’s add-ons as the “Sandy scam.”