Senate approves $60.4 billion Superstorm Sandy aid bill

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D.Baker wrote:

I guess this will be added to the Gross Domestic Income……
Where as a few million towards prevention would be subtracted from the Gross Domestic Income????

Dec 28, 2012 9:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
D.Baker wrote:

This will be added to the Gross Domestic Product!
So climate change disasters are a benefit to the economy!
Where as preventative actions would be detrimental from this perspective.

Dec 28, 2012 9:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SomeGuyN wrote:

It’s only $60,400,000,000.00. No problem right? Making it my mission to UnAbbreviate figures being used. This is desensitizing us to the amount we spend.

Dec 29, 2012 1:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
Fantasywriter wrote:

How much of this money is going to non hurricane Sandy projects?

Dec 29, 2012 3:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
morbas wrote:

Specialization breeds biases that ultimately aggregate as ideological discords. If you seek a solution to the present ideological conflicts we must reduce the issues to constituent entities. Political compromise is a tool, not a cause.
Want a compromise solution? Propose a flat rate tax as follows. Rates $0-20K 0%, money above $20K 30%; couples freely share. All income is bundled and taxed together, no exemptions. The effective taxation is less for the under $250K income. To provide business relief with no business taxation: provide a means for the partnership/disregarded businesses to transfer funds into personal accounts as taxable income.

Furtherance of this approach using a $200K flat-rate above surtax for paying down the debt, and/or unification of State and Municipality revenues and debt payback. Thus the governments efficiency reaches single payer synergism. Resolvable over the next congressional term.

Dec 29, 2012 4:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
CountryPride wrote:

Fiscal cliff? What fiscal cliff? The Democrats even beat back all the amendments to the bill, like vital spending for $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. $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. $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.

I mean who really cares about the fiscal cliff and our almost $17 Trillion in debt? Who cares that just the interest on this debt alone can just about finance the entire Chinese military from what we have borrrowed from them? Obviously Harry Reid who said there “was no time to waste” Good God would you bring retribution to our corrupt politicians starting from the White House and all the way down through the Senate and Congress in both parties down even to the State and Local levels.

Dec 29, 2012 5:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
Vuenbelvue wrote:

“which includes $12 billion to repair and strengthen the region’s transportation system against future storms”. Couldn’t this be put off for a few years in the future? That will make it $48 billion. Private insurance should be at the forefront of re-building public buildings, hospitals, and many homes. That could be another $12 billion. Down to $36 billion. Many acres of ocean front obviously need to be returned to nature and not sentimentally rebuilt to match what was there in the 1960′s. Corps of Engineer, though they move at a slow pace, could survey what is good for the general public. That should take off another $12 billion. Easy to see that $24 billion with no pork should bring the area up to 2012 Codes based on rising sea levels projections.

Dec 29, 2012 12:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

60.4 billion going to the wealthiest Americans. Democrats should be ashamed. None of the middle class could afford to have homes on the Jersey shore. Yet we all get to pay to rebuild them for the top 2%.

Dec 29, 2012 1:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DaveEddleman wrote:

Last I checked, I pay $1200 per year for Insurance. If a tornado, Flood, etc Damages my home, I am ready. Do they not have insurance out there? The US government is paying for repairs because?……

Dec 29, 2012 9:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:

@DaveEddleman

…. because of the same reasons that Republicans where willing to spend $62.3 billion immediately for Hurricane Katrina, which later increased to $100 billion, with no questions asked.

If republicans want to be all tough and macho, and ask questions about insurance etc, fine, but why are they so bloody hypocritical about it? Why didn’t they take that line with new Orleans?

The only difference I see between Katrina and Sandy is the voting records of the states involved…

Dec 30, 2012 5:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
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