For those who keep score, here's a librul media article

david52_gwDecember 27, 2012

"Billionaire David Koch's prime political organization, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), having failed in its $125 million quest to oust President Barack Obama, is now aiming at a slightly less sophisticated political target: victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy was the second most costly in American history, leaving 100 lives lost, over $50 billion in devastation and tens of thousands of damaged or destroyed homes. Legislative efforts to help those who survived Hurricane Sandy's wrath will reach a major stumbling block.

Earlier this week, AFP, which is chaired by Koch and believed to be financed by several other plutocrats from the New York City region, released a letter warning members of Congress not to vote for the proposed federal aid package for victims of the storm that swept New Jersey, New York City and much of the surrounding area in October. An announcement on the group's website says that the vote next week for the Sandy aid package will be a "key vote"-meaning senators who support sending money for reconstruction could face an avalanche of attack ads in their next election. Already, opposition to the bill is growing, although it passed one procedural hurdle last night.

There is some legitimate criticism with aspects of the legislation, including the fact that some of the money will go to non-Sandy related reconstruction efforts in disaster areas. For AFP, however, the whole bill must die and victims of the storm deserve no help from the government.

Koch's top deputy in New Jersey, a surly gentleman named Steve Lonegan, who heads the local AFP state chapter, called the aid package a "disgrace." "This is not a federal government responsibility," Lonegan told reporters. "We need to suck it up and be responsible for taking care of ourselves."

It seems particularly cruel that the Koch political machine would use its vast network of paid activists and professional operatives to kill this bill. For one thing, this is David Koch's community. From his Upper East Side apartment, Koch lives only a subway ride away from the devastation in Red Hook. Notably, Koch's group gave away free gasoline during the election in a wide-scale anti-Obama stunt, yet had nothing to give to the victims of the storm. Now, Koch, one of the richest men in the world, is actually trying to take something away from them.

There's another wrinkle to this political assault on the aid request that makes it even more heartless. (No, it's not the rather arbitrary decision to target this piece of federal funding over others. Recently, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta identified $74 billion in unnecessary military spending, but AFP has not demanded that the government immediately axe these funds.) snip" end quote

Well, I doubt David Koch rides the subway, and the inclusion of this reference is clearly inflammatory.

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I read that yesterday and found it stunning.

The lack of empathy these people have never fails to amaze me. Sure, when you're rich and your mansion is washed away by a storm, you just move to the other mansion while that one gets fixed/rebuilt. They are just not able to put themselves in the position of someone who lost everything and does not have another home to go to or a large bank account to fall back on.

Another reminder that thank goodness Romney did not win the election. He felt exactly the same way.

They make me sick.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 10:56AM
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Ah, yes, the compassion of the far right - I have lots and lots of money, and you don't, and I'm going to make sure you never do. Now that your home is destroyed - well, too bad for you. He is greedy self-interest personified.

This man sickens me. There is a building on my campus named for him, for his multi-million dollar donation. Big picture of him looming over the entrance. I feel like spitting on it.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 11:01AM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

Are the Koch Brothers saying the federal govt should not assist any victims in any natural disasters anywhere in the country? Or are they targeting an area that is strongly democratic (at least, as far as I know)--don't help democratic victims, in other words?


    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 11:05AM
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FTA: "BOGOTA Calling "ridiculous" a $60.4 Billion aid request for Hurricane Sandy relief, New Jersey Americans for Prosperity State Director Steve Lonegan said that politicians were using the hurricane as an excuse for a free-for-all on the U.S. Treasury.

"Few residents of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut who suffered damage from the storm will see even one dime from this aid package," Lonegan said, "but every one of them will pay to support this open-ended taxpayer rip-off," he noted, "whether through higher taxes, more interest on the national debt or a deflated currency resulting from printing money out of thin air by the Federal Reserve Bank to fund this knee-jerk response to a natural disaster."

Lonegan, who served as Bogota Mayor for twelve years before his stint at AFP, noted that Governor Christies $36.9 Billion estimate of storm damage amounted to nearly $4,200 for every man, woman and child in the state.

"This number is so ridiculous as to demand scrutiny," Lonegan said. "Broken out around the whole country,New Jerseys request alone comes to $119.51 for every single American and $478.04 for a family of four." This estimate was created by a bunch of government bureaucrats sitting around a room and imagining up any possible thing they could fund, using the hurricane as an excuse."

Politicians pretending the proposed spending is "relief for Sandy victims" have some explaining to do. Examining bills before paying them is essential to being a good steward.

Here is a link that might be useful: Why put Smithsonian repairs in Sandy pkg?

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 11:54AM
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marquest(z5 PA)

Kate I get the impression that these idiots do not care if it is democratic or republicans. It is statistically more Republicans area are the biggest government supported area in the country. American for Prosperity, what a oxymoron, they target the poor and the very ones that will need the most support to be prosperous.

jillinnj, I feel the same way. I was so afraid of what would happen to the country that I love and always thought when I traveled "thank goodness we do not treat our citizens like disposable trash".

To see children begging in the streets I always thought the US would be appalled and would never govern against a child and the needy.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 12:00PM
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