How Would $36B Impact Your State's Economy?
I guess I don't understand how federal aid works anymore. It's true, I've been out of the loop for a few years, having other concerns beyond national politics. But my father is dead now, and I can get back to paying attention to what the thieves we call leadership are up to. I'm horrified. It's so much worse than even I had predicted it would be.
Yes, I'm angry. A trusted "friendly" commenter from another blog I regularly read got angry with my "ignorance." Because I was upset to see that $36B was just dropped on one state, without any comparison, any sort of "is this the right use of taxpayer money" etc.
I am not saying I think that it is not important, or a worthy project, or that the people who live there, this process of 'repairing' Sandy related damage. Everyone who lives in the Tri-State area deserves good roads, bridges, levies, etc. That's the definition of "civilization." All of us pay taxes, therefore all of us deserve the benefits those taxes buy.
But seriously, $36B? That is a fantastic and amazing number to someone like me, who has spent the last 7 years living in Flyoverland, where a paltry few billion given to GM (and mostly to the benefit of their shareholders and executive class, so that unions could magnanimously agree to slashing benefits and thus creating a new class of union worker who makes $14/hr, tops) causes endless conservative backlash and democratic fawning and apology.
This was one storm. From what I can tell, the markets are online, the roads are open, no one is swimming through filth for food, etc. NOLA suffered for years afterwards, with poor people living in mold covered trailers and displacement and incarceration for "looting" and state sanctioned murder and...
Yeah, I'm pissed off. Thirty fucking Six Billion. Half of that would transform the economy of the state of Michigan overnight. Almost instantly. But Butterball "I'm a liberal conservative, look at me cry on CNN" Christie says that 675K properties in NJ went without power, for a whole week even! and now the rest of us have to cough up DoD sized "emergency relief" right fucking now or Wall St grandma won't be able to keep her nice Princeton home neat and clean.
Whatever. Also: pitchforks, torches.