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CONGRESS: Sandy relief loaded with pork

Letter by L.H. Smith, University Place on Jan. 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm with No Comments »
January 4, 2013 9:25 am

The Republicans have been the subject of a lot of criticism lately, and most of it is well-deserved. Their leadership in the House was criticized for not bringing to a vote a spending bill that would provide relief for victims of Superstorm Sandy. While the bill no doubt had good intentions, it was loaded with spending for programs that had absolutely nothing to do with helping the storm victims.

Imagine a vandal doing damage to someone’s automobile. With insurance in place, the car’s owner is somewhat protected from the loss caused by the vandalism. Should the same check for the damages to the auto include funds to help others in the owner’s neighborhood?

For example, should the insurance company also be forced to include funds to help fix a neighbor’s roof or to revamp another neighbor’s sprinkler system? A roof problem and the sprinkler issues have nothing to do with the vandalism to the car, but our Congress is entirely greedy and self-serving and members loaded the Sandy legislation with pork, spending other peoples’ money on getting themselves re-elected.

While the Republicans are really no better than the Democrats when it comes to spending, in this one instance the House Republicans have made a small attempt to block outrageous and piggish spending by the rest of Congress. Unfortunately, none of these shenanigans will end until we enact term limits for members of Congress.

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