Monday, December 17, 2012

Deception During Tragedies

Tragedies are a time of emotional vulnerability meaning one thing to most people, but something else to another, small select group of people.

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.” 


WASHINGTON — President Obama’s $60.4 billion request for Hurricane Sandy relief has morphed into a huge Christmas stocking of goodies for federal agencies and even the state of Alaska, The Post has learned.
The pork-barrel feast includes more than $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. It also includes a whopping $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC.
An eye-popping $13 billion would go to “mitigation” projects to prepare for future storms.
BARELY HOLDING ON: A woman stands amid rubble in Sandy-thrashed Breezy Point, Queens, where more federal assistance would be welcome.
Dan Callister
BARELY HOLDING ON: A woman stands amid rubble in Sandy-thrashed Breezy Point, Queens, where more federal assistance would be welcome.
Other big-ticket items in the bill include $207 million for the VA Manhattan Medical Center; $41 million to fix up eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; $4 million for repairs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida; $3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and $1.1 million to repair national cemeteries.
Budget watchdogs have dubbed the 94-page emergency-spending bill “Sandy Scam.”
Matt Mayer of the conservative Heritage Foundation slammed the request as an “enormous Christmas gift worth of stuff.”
“The funding here should be focused on helping the community and the people, not replacing federal assets or federal items,” he said.
Republican lawmakers say the lack of details and justifications for the spending will delay approval until after Christmas, while they analyze and document what spending is “appropriate.”
“To throw out a number this large without in-depth analysis and formal request detailing the basis for it I think is premature and I wouldn’t support that,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).
Gov. Cuomo yesterday warned Congress not to hold up the money.
“There is no Plan B,” declared Cuomo at a press conference at the governor’s office in Manhattan, where he was joined by business and union leaders.
Mayor Bloomberg, however, called for careful scrutiny of the federal spending.
“You would think they’d want to ask questions before they give away the public’s money,” the mayor said on his radio program


Anonymous said...

Phew. What to say? They are out of control and out of touch with the American people.

JerseyJane said...

WoW! It's like a race to jump on the money train!

All eyes should be on the tragedy with a direct route. It should be only 'Talk to the Hand', ' I Can't Hear Youuuuu'!!!!!! Choooo-choooooooo!!!

Tania Cadogan said...

off topic BBM

LINCOLN, Neb. – A Nebraska woman who claimed she was attacked by men who carved anti-gay slurs into her arms and stomach has pleaded no contest to making a false report.

Charlie Rogers entered the plea Monday in Lincoln. It allows the 34-year-old to not admit guilt but acknowledge that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict her.

She could face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine when sentenced in February

Her attorney says Rogers maintains her innocence but didn't want a court fight.

The former University of Nebraska-Lincoln basketball star was charged a month after telling police in July that three masked men broke into her home, assaulted her and carved derogatory words into her body.

Police believe she faked the attack because she thought it would spark change.

Read more:

Anonymous said...

"You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."

- Rahm Emanuel

Our presidents former chief of staff.

notamuser said...

Accountability anyone? Not with this administration.
This is what happens when you allow kids to run the candy store.

Anonymous said...

Good quote Hobnob.

This newest "crisis" has me wondering.

Witnesses described suspects they saw being apprehended that day, not AL. (video online) Police pursued suspect in woods. (video online) Also, there is no connection as of yet between the alleged shooter`s mom and the school.

Lots of inconsistencies and some are poised with their "solution".

C5H11ONO said...

Mayor Bloomberg, however, called for careful scrutiny of the federal spending.
“You would think they’d want to ask questions before they give away the public’s money,” the mayor said on his radio program

Maybe Bloomberg can legalize the Big Gulp again to help bring in some much needed cash.

It's his turn now to be affected by liberals squandering away money.

rootie kazootie said...

"..each singular round will be examined.." Lt Vance, regarding the hundreds of unused rounds of ammunition recovered

He also commented regarding the tracing of "..every single facet of the weapons will be examined.." all the way back to the assembly line.

What are they looking for? The weapons were registered to the mother, what does who touched or owned, or worked on the assembly mater? Why look at ammunition not used?

I understand a thorough investigation, but??

Jen said...

I'm not sure how many of you noticed but under the cover of the school shooting tragedy the announcement came out that Sec. of State Hillary Clinton would NOT be testifying at the Benghazi hearings after sustaining a concussion from 'fainting' inside her home last week due to a stomach flu. It was also announced that John Kerry was being nominated to replace her. These announcement were literally scrolled UNDER The Great Deceiver as he delivered his speech Sun night to the mourners of the Sandy Hook incident.

dadgum said...

I saw that too, Jen..HC suffered a concussion when she fainted (concussions are in the news because of football injuries), Clinton will not testify, and is working from home. Hmmm..

Perhaps they should call her later?? But they likely will not..

dadgum said...

Jen..did you notice the references to the president be media..Comforter in Chief, Consoler in Chief, Healer in Chief, and now Parent in Chief?

sidewalk super said...

"Never let a good crisis go to waste"
is what the perpetual campaigner was doing Sunday. I thought his waving, attention-seeking while on the stage was totally inappropriate. But no surprise. That creep will use any opportunity to further his agenda.

Lessee, clinton has a concussion which will keep her from talking, rice is an exposed liar, kerry denigrates the military, we've seen the libyans murdering our people with ease in the eye of the world. That world now knows that this administration is no threat to them.
What has happened to our
country? And, that leads to, what awaits our country?

dadgum said...

I about fell over when Obama waved to a memorial for children..

notamuser said...

Clinton's concussion won't just keep her from talking, it will be used to justify her convenient governesia when she is unable to recall anything about anything.

The concussion was necessary because there were no neuralyzers available.

Jen said...

Yes Dadgum, I heard all of the media's ridiculous pandering and attempts to humanize our Liar in Chief. While I technically listened to the entire speech, I had to walk away several times out of disgust and trying not to curse in front of my 2yo. I am offended for the families of the murdered, that before they have even laid their loved ones to rest, the Pres. is shamelessly using THEIR tragedy and pain to advance his agenda. How the HELL is talking about gun control supposed to ease the pain of a parent who's burying their 5yo? But after reading the quote posted by Anon and seeing the philosophy of this administration it makes perfect sense...never miss a chance to capitalize on a crisis...SICKENING!! The past 7 days of my life have left me shell shocked, my eyes have been peeled open to some very painful truths and the realization that NOBODY is exempt from the damage being done to our economy, our country and our future. As dark as these days have been, I still have my baby to wrap my arms around and hold close to me and I will cherish that even more in honor of the Sandy Hook parents who no longer can.

Tania Cadogan said...

Guns don't kill people, people kill people.

The law abiding citizen will follow the law and hand in their guns, the criminals will ignore the law and carry on getting guns.

Crime rates will climb as householders won't fight back when confronted with a gun.

Criminals will carry guns since they know joe public will be unarmed.

Should the law be changed so it is harder for guns to be owned, criminals will resort to other weapons such as knives.

In the UK owning a gun is highly restricted an you have to be licenced and fit to own one.
Criminals usually gangsters get guns easily enough and pretty much every gangster regardless of age carries a knife which is why we have so many knife crimes.

Carrying a knife without good reason such as needed for work is a crime and can result in jail time. under 16's cannot buy any type of knife incliding kitchen knives, army knives and cutlery.

Take away one weapon and it will be replaced with another.

Criminals will commit crimes regardless of what laws are passed.

The only way to have any chance of stopping crime is lock every offender away for a min 25 yrs for a fist offence regardless of age, 50 for a 2nd and whole life for a 3rd.

Crimes of murder, terrorism, child porn viewing/possession/physical abuse/ should be a mandatory death penalty one appeal and a quick injection.

Eventually every crimnal will be locked up or dead and those considering committing a crime will think twice knowing the consequences.

Harsh and extreme? yes, it will though work.

Apple said...

I, too, walked away from the TV. I was disgusted.

Apple said...

I, too, walked away from the TV. I was disgusted.

Anonymous said...

The conspiracy theory websites are buzzing about a link between Robert Holmes and Peter Lanza being connected by the LIBOR scandal.

They were both supposedly to testify in the LIBOR scandal.

I've read some compelling arguments for and against this (conspiracy) theory.

Who knows if it's true. But it is interesting.

Anonymous said...

Politicians aren't the only ones dishing out deception in times of crisis. Often, the victims aren't aware of what the politicians are doing because they are too busy trying to recover and relocate or rebuild. The lookey-loos hang on every word uttered in the media. If they say these people are coming out "smelling like a rose" then all others join forces to pull the petals off. Often these people will hang with the victims even as they are trying to purchase new items-photographing them as they leave the store. Many will cling on for years in an attempt to facilitate some type of PTSD "study." Often they will take over the life of a victim and send storm alerts to the cell phone-even if purchased in another state and brand new-to let them know they are covering the weather and intend to do the same to the next "victims."

They will take it upon themselves to decide who and what charity the befuddled victim will belong to and take-over who the friends and relative the victim associates with.

Some are even trained in the medical field and will adminster their own medicines.

It is for this reason I am not an organ donor.

They've clung on to some on Hurricane Katrinas "less fortunate" even running the same harrassment programs and going after their meds if they are on pain medications or in a wheel chair.

They never stop tracking. They never stop harrassing. They never stop lying. They never feel guilty and they will never do the right thing. Never.