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To fully appreciate Chris Christie’s blast at House Republicans, watch it in its entirety

Here’s a seven-minute video of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie making the case against members of his own party in Congress, especially House Speaker John Boehner, regarding the delay in federal help to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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  1. Neftali

    Bush and the Republican led Congress offered an aid package for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 10 days.

    That bears repeating:

    Bush and the Republican led Congress offered an aid package for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 10 days.

    Wait. I thought Bush was an evil person and the worst president ever? Where’s the asinine liberal talking points now?

  2. Neftali: You’ve got the equation ass backwards.

    The point is that even a president as incompetent as Dubya saw the need for immediate federal aid to victims of a huge natural disaster.

    This doesn’t absolve Bush of his numerous other failings. He still was one of the worst presidents ever. And it isn’t just asinine liberals who think so. Consider, for example, the fact that his name was never mentioned by any of the speakers at last summer’s Republican convention. They treated him as if he never existed, never mind his having served two terms in the White House.

  3. Neftali

    No…the typical liberal talking point is what a disastrous job Bush did with Katrina. As usual, they’re wrong.

    Christie has shown what real leadership looks like in the fact of a disaster. But the left was all too eager to ignore the failings of Democrat New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin and Democrat Gov Blanco and they somehow tried to blame Bush and the Republicans. But as with all things in History, the truth eventually comes out.

  4. Neftali: You’re just rewriting history to suit your purposes.

    Your claim that “the left was all too eager to ignore the failings of Democrat New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin and Democrat Gov Blanco” is pure nonsense. The liberal blogosophere and the mainstream media heaped tons of criticism on both Nagin and Blanco.

    Here’s an example of what DailyKos said about Nagin: “He failed to implement the city’s disaster plan, delayed evacuation in spite of early warnings of the storm, did not stock the Superdome with water or food, and allowed looters to run wild without any actions from police. Nagin’s ‘leadership’ during Katrina amounted to screaming on the phone to federal authorities and then hurling profanities their way.”

    Regarding the federal response to Katrina, let’s not forget Bush’s “heckuva job, Brownie” commendation of the FEMA director. That became a national joke, if you’ll recall.

    And then Brownie himself, after getting fired, said this of the Bush administration:

    “Unbeknownst to me, certain people in the White House were thinking, ‘We had to federalize Louisiana because she’s a white, female Democratic governor, and we have a chance to rub her nose in it. We can’t do it to Haley [Mississippi governor Haley Barbour] because Haley’s a white male Republican governor. And we can’t do a thing to him. So we’re just gonna federalize Louisiana.’”

    Yeah, Neftali, you’re right when you say: “But as with all things in History, the truth eventually comes out.”

  5. Yet still no blame for Obama for the many charges of FEMA mismanagement with Sandy?

    Neftali is absolutely right Pat.

    The press has once again shown it’s true colors. What color would you use to represent a hypocrite anyway?

  6. doc: The right-wing media — Fox News, et al — have done their best to denigrate FEMA’s response to Sandy, but those darned mainstream media just won’t play along. Frustrating, isn’t it?

    And to make matters worse, there was this assessment eight weeks after Sandy struck:

    “[T]he consensus seems to be that FEMA’s performance, while not perfect, has been a far cry from its humiliating collapse seven years ago during Hurricane Katrina.”

    Ouch! That hurts, right, doc?

    Read the whole thing here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/21/fema-sandy-response_n_2346958.html

  7. Craig Knauss

    doc says, “Yet still no blame for Obama for the many charges of FEMA mismanagement with Sandy?”

    So doc, provide some details of the mismanagement. I did a quick check and all I can find is far-rightwing bitching and whining about how FEMA is handling Sandy. And a chunk of that criticism is from Michael “heck of a job, Brownie” Brown. (A truly creditable source. LOL)

    If Obama brought in politically-connected, no-bid contractors with bus loads of undocumented workers (like happened at Katrina) would you feel better?

  8. Sitting and watching CNN last night I saw interview after interview with enraged survivors from Sandy wondering why the government wasn’t doing more to help get them back on their feet, why some people are still without power, why some of the hospitals that served the neediest population were still not fully operational….

    This guy was there at Katrina and he doesn’t seem to think the responders in the Northeast learned the lessons of Katrina.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/14/opinion/honore-sandy-recovery/index.html

  9. Here’s one brought to you by the Occupy movement.

    http://morallowground.com/2012/11/12/where-fema-fails-occupysandy-delivers-storm-relief/

    When a second storm, a fierce nor’easter, menaced the region last Wednesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shut down three mobile disaster units dispatched to aid Sandy victims on Staten Island. But Occupy Sandy volunteers rode out the storm, handing out supplies from dozens of relief centers across New York and New Jersey, teaming up with community organizations and volunteer groups to help as many people stay warm, dry and fed as they possibly can.

    “It’s crazy, for a long time, we were the only people out here doing relief work,” Sofia Gallisa, a field coordinator in the hard-hit Rockaways in Queens, told the New York Times.

    Occupy Sandy isn’t the only, or even necessarily the most prominent, source of aid for storm victims. Much relief has come from local religious groups like the Sikhs who served hot bowls of rice and beans on a Queens corner to members of Congregation Beth Elohim, who handed out thousands of sandwiches and hot meals. Beth Elohim is working with Occupy Sandy to distribute donated food and supplies.

    “Organizations like us, and Occupy Sandy, we’re all grassroots,” Beth Elohim program director Cindy Greenberg told Metrofocus. “Where is the national crisis response? There’s nobody in the Rockaways.”

    While federal relief has slowly made its way to some of the areas hardest-hit by Sandy, not all areas are being served and the situation remains dire. Thousands of people remain literally powerless and in the dark in Sandy’s wake, and FEMA is often nowhere to be found. Desperation set in long ago.

    “We have no electricity, no water and some of us don’t have enough food,” Rockaway resident Melissa Lopez told the Huffington Post. “When are we going to get help?”

    “We’re being ignored down here,” Queens resident Laura O’Connor pleaded. “Where can our people get food?”

    “I get that it is tough to coordinate the cleanup, but it is not tough to coordinate bringing in food,” Phillip Goldfelder, who represents the Rockaways in the New York State Assembly, told the AP. “We are not asking for anything complicated. We are begging for food, begging for blankets.”

  10. Here is one from the Rockaways.

    http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2012/11/14/rockaways-lipa-sandy

    People who live on the Rockaway peninsula in Queens say they are still hurting, more than two weeks after Sandy hit.

    About 27,000 people are still without power in the Rockaways, because they need electricians to certify that their homes are safe to receive power.

    The Long Island Power Authority, or LIPA, is facing criticism for its response to the storm, and on Tuesday, LIPA chairman Mike Hervey announced he would step down at the end of the year.

    But some city officials are saying the problems extend beyond the power company. They’re criticizing the federal response to Sandy.

    5 Ways To Help Victims Of Superstorm Sandy
    New York City Councilman James Sanders represents the Rockaways. His chief of staff Donovan Richards told Here & Now his district was abandoned when Sandy hit.

    No one will know how many rapes have happened in the Rockaways, how many burglaries, how many murders.
    –Donovan Richards,
    Chief of Staff for NYC Councilman Jim Sanders
    “FEMA did not arrive in a timely fashion, nor did the Red Cross,” Richards said. “If it wasn’t for everyday citizens coming out and giving us a hand, the Rockaways would be in a shape that is unfathomable.”

    Richards said that FEMA didn’t arrive until last Thursday, and he says the agency initially set up in an area that was inaccessible to poorer residents.

    “Every 24 hours that goes by, we get into a more desperate situation so FEMA has to respond quicker. I know we have a billion things to do but in a low-income area with 30 percent of the people on some sort of income subsidy we need them to move fast and move now,” Richards said.

  11. Here’s another local news report:

    http://www.amsterdamnews.com/news/local/fema-defends-sandy-response-efforts/article_57d3c44e-3a62-11e2-9bf0-0019bb2963f4.html

    With the many complaints that FEMA has received among Hurricane Sandy victims, it was high time for the government entity to explain some of their actions and potentially counter stories that the AmNews heard on the ground.

    FEMA representatives Victor Inge and Michael Skeels and SBA spokesperson Matthew Young sat down with the AmNews to discuss the recovery efforts, the reaction to said efforts and the real role of FEMA after a natural disaster. The AmNews asked all parties involved to address the belief among some members of volunteer organizations and members of the Occupy movement that they were outperforming them in recovery relief.

  12. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57546347/sandy-hit-areas-grade-federal-governments-response-to-superstorm/

    As for FEMA, the agency left more to be desired.

    “When we really needed it, it was stuck in the paperwork, but we’re moving ahead on our own,” Harney said.

    He pointed to a generator the borough needed when the city couldn’t power the pumps for its water tower, among other things.

    “We put in a request for cots maybe five days ago, and it took five days to get it,” Harney said Tuesday.

    Still, the city plans to apply to be reimbursed for its storm-related damages. Harney said a preliminary damage assessment put the city’s cost at “probably an easy 5 million.”

    “We’re a real small town, and everybody’s pitching in to make it happen,” Harney said.

  13. http://timesleader.com/stories/The-federal-response-to-Hurricane-Sandy8217s-devastation-has-drawn-sharp-criticism-from-the-storm8217s-worst-victims-prompting-q

    The federal response to Hurricane Sandy’s devastation has drawn sharp criticism from the storm’s worst victims, prompting questions of competency and how such catastrophic disasters should be handled in the future.

    Victims in storm-ravaged New York who packed a recent public hearing eviscerated representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and said the feds did nothing to “cut the red tape” — as President Obama promised. A top FEMA official defended the agency’s response, saying it put $700 million “directly in the hands of victims.”

    Yet FEMA’s so-called “lean forward” strategy, which was supposed to provide advance staging for critical supplies, fell precariously short, The Washington Times reports. Despite days of advance storm warnings, FEMA didn’t begin soliciting bids for 2.3 million gallons of bottled water until the Friday before the Monday storm, according to The Times.

    The problem, writes Matt A. Mayer, a former U.S. Department of Homeland Security official, is the widening scope of FEMA’s relief efforts. It responds to more than 100 emergency “declarations” each year, many of which used to be handled by state and/or local governments. Simply put, it’s stretched too thin.

    Instead, FEMA should be prepared for — but reserved for — truly catastrophic events like Hurricane Sandy; the states should be left in charge of handling more routine emergencies.

    After Katrina and now Sandy, there’s abundant room for reform, and improvement, at FEMA.

  14. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-yorkers-denied-aid-fema-bureaucracy-article-1.1211634

    Washed out by Hurricane Sandy, a growing number of New Yorkers are finding themselves facing a second challenge — the FEMA shuffle.

    More than 230,000 New York storm victims have applied for housing help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the feds have approved $664 million. But untold numbers haven’t been so lucky, rejected by FEMA for a host of reasons that range from the ridiculous to the confounding.

    Jennifer O’Connor and her fiance, Brendan O’Connor, experienced the FEMA shuffle in a mind-boggling series of rejection letters, followed a month later by a $2,486 check.

    Jennifer and Brendan, both 35, live in a first floor apartment on Beach 117th St. in the Rockaways. Hurricane Sandy flooded their unit with 3 feet of frigid sea water that ruined pretty much everything they owned.

    “Everything below (3 feet) was gone — all my art reference books, all of my clothes, my bed. It was devastating,” she said.

    The couple applied for rental assistance separately. Jennifer got the first rejection notice, a form email she received from FEMA’s National Processing Center 270 miles away in Hyattsville, Md.

    It started off with the phrase, “Ineligible — Insufficient Damage,” then listed the Total Grant Amount: $0.00.

    When Jennifer appealed, she was denied again, but for a different reason. Now she was told she and Brendan couldn’t both apply because FEMA had decided they were related. Both happen to have the same last name — and the same birthday. They haven’t gotten married yet.

    “The (FEMA) woman on the phone was trying to convince me that we were brother and sister,” Jennifer said last week. “And they weren’t very polite about it either.”

    Last week Brendan finally got a check for $2,486 — nearly a month after the couple found themselves homeless. They’d spent that time moving from friend to family members, and can no longer return to their apartment.

    In 2005, FEMA was excoriated for its disorganized response to Hurricane Katrina. This time around it’s received more praise than criticism from officials, though animosity toward the agency seems to swell in waterfront areas most affected by the storm.

    By last week a growing number of homeowners in Howard Beach and the Rockaways in Queens had come forward to complain about FEMA denials that left them confused and angry.

  15. http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/November/19/nyc-hospitals-still-closed-hurricane-sandy.aspx
    “I would’ve thought in this sort of situation that maybe FEMA or the [NYC Office of Emergency Management] would go straight in and look at the hospitals that are closed, grid out the patients, look at the potential services in a reasonable surrounding area, and put out suggestions based on that,” said Mike McCarry, head of perioperative services for Mt. Sinai Medical Center. “Maybe that’s happening, but if it is, it isn’t visible.”

    Several of the hospitals taking in Sandy evacuees initially reported losing millions of dollars – with much of the shortfall the result of taking in Medicaid and uninsured patients from Bellevue and, in some cases, displaced nursing home residents.

  16. http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20121214/HEALTH_CARE/121219930

    Unionized nurses plan to picket Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s home tomorrow and present him with a petition calling for immediate steps to ease what the nurses charge is a mounting patient care crisis in parts of the city still smarting from Sandy.

    Nearly 900 nurses have signed the document, which said repairs at two city run hospitals, Bellevue and Coney Island are not moving fast enough. The union, the New York State Nurses Association, said Friday that they wanted the mayor to pressure the state Department of Health to open a temporary hospital in Manhattan. Four Manhattan hospitals are closed because of flood damage. In addition to the two city-run facilities, NYU Langone Medical Center and the Manhattan Veterans Administration Hospital are also closed for repairs.

    “Manhattan has no trauma center below 58th Street and City Hall has taken no action to fill the gap left by the hospital closings,” said a union spokesman.

  17. doc: My, what a busy beaver you are, working your little fanny off in the quest for stuff that reflects poorly on FEMA and thus somehow acquits former President Bush. Must be a slow day at the hospital, right?

    You’ve even dredged up a piece from Pittsburgh’s second-ranked paper, a rag owned by wacko conspiratorialist Richard Melon Scaife, the guy who spent scads of money peddling the theory that Vince Foster was murdered by the Clintons.

    Keep up the good work, doc. In the end, however, FEMA’s grades for its handling of Sandy will remain better than those the agency got for Katrina. It’s all so unfair, isn’t it?

  18. I think you boys need to diversify your news sources. MSNBC and HuffPo just aren’t cutting it any more.

  19. I am not trying to “reflect poorly on FEMA”.

    I am trying to point out the hypocrisy of the left (that’s you).

    A major disaster like Katrina or Sandy is a rare event and people will die, be miserable and inconvenienced for a long time. This will happen despite the good efforts of people at FEMA, the American Red Cross etc.

    We all should be prepared as instructed for such events and be willing to help out our fellow man in the event of such a catastrophe.

    I prefer to support the Red Cross and of course I already support FEMA, even more so this year.

  20. By the way Craig, did you think Brown was credible when he attacked Bush’s response to Katrina and Bush in general? If so, then why is he not credible now?

  21. RedRover

    My persecution complex is telling me that expdoc filed his message in multiple postings in order to drive out of view all entries in the “Recent Comments” column.

    I mean, expdoc filed exactly 5 postings, one after the other, and that is just enough to completely obliterate any other postings made just minutes before from being listed therein. Why didn’t he include all of his links in the same posting?

    It looks to me like a kind of censorship at work.

    What do you think?

    Can you rejigger the “Recent Comments” listing to restore links that expdoc rendered invisible?

  22. RedRover: That’s beyond my control.

  23. It’s true.

    First I made a very disparaging comment about Red Rover in a post from sometime in the last 3 years. Then I quickly posted 5 more entries to cover my tracks.

    Mwu-ha-ha! ( In a deep, sinister voice)

  24. Craig Knauss

    doc,

    Brown was GWB’s stable guy. How he was ever considered qualified to head FEMA I’ll never know. And his comment about Bush was apparently something he felt was done behind his back. Does that qualify him to comment now? I’m sure he’s equally qualified to critique your surgery techniques since he’s probably been to a doctor at least once.

  25. But I thought that all you Right Wingnuts want government out of people’s lives. So, shouldn’t we all just fend for ourselves in a natural disaster and wait for the private contractors to show up and help us out?

    Oh, right, you only want help when it comes to bailing out financial firms. Silly me.

    Nice cut and paste job, BTW, doc.

  26. I don’t know any right wingnuts, so I will take you at your word.

    I personally would have let the financial firms fail.

  27. My! My! My! Fifteen posts by doc on this subject.

    A fool and his time are soon parted!

  28. Sorry Tex,

    I was having to much fun to stop, plus it was so easy to prove my point.

    Total time elapsed=less than 15 minutes.

    Total satisfaction derived=priceless

    Speaking of fools, did you see what liberal resident fool and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore pulled off yesterday?

    That is truly priceless.

    Gore is now permanently enshrined in the hypocrite hall of fame.

    All of the lefties who have worshiped the ground he walked on should be sure to pay a visit sometime and bow down at the visage of the master.

  29. doc said: “Total time elapsed=less than 15 minutes.”

    I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck, and I’m not a gullible conservative, so I call B.S. on that statement. The comments are time stamped almost continuous from 1:06 to 2:17. There isn’t enough time to do anything in between. So put that in your stethoscope, fool.

  30. I love, love, love how my Applesauce friends are convinced that they know how to manage my time and money. Truly hilarious.

    Just to make you feel better I’ll point out to you that in any given week I might work more than half of my 60-70 hours on the weekend or at night.

    Of course, any time a response to one of my comments is focused on an assumption about me, my family, my time, my money etc I am sure that the responder has run out of concrete responses to the topic at hand.

    It is really just a variation on the tried and true tactics of your hero Mr. Alinsky.

  31. Doc, did you see this one?
    “Obama Hugged Hurricane Sandy Victim and Then Sent Her a Form Letter
    Woman in viral photo says Obama broke his promise.”

    http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2013/01/04/obama-hugged-sandy-victim-form-letter/

  32. doc: Most of the revenue doctors receive comes either from insurance companies or Medicare. If doctors are spending their time blogging, consumers and taxpayers are not getting the quality health care they are paying for. Maybe if they spent more time doing their job they wouldn’t have to overcharge their customers.

    And don’t lecture me on concrete responses. You go off topic more than anyone on this blog.

  33. Tex,

    You are wrong.

    Most of the revenue doctors receive is still on a fee for service basis.

    When I work I am getting paid for each patient encounter based on the severity/complexity of the illness and the time I spend with the patient.

    These rates are prenegotiated with insurance companies and mandated by Medicare and Medicaid.

    If I see more patients, I make more money. These days, if I provide better quality of care for patients I also can get a bonus percentange per patient encounter.

    Quality is also closely monitored by my licensing board and particularly by the hosptials at which I am on staff.

    My commenting here in no way impacts the quality or quantity of care that I deliver.

    Y

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