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FEMA is a wasteful, bloated agency that serves the expansion of government under the auspices of protecting the people. But anyone who understands the mind of public sector knows that they will spend without regard to the taxpayer trust. Just look at the NYPost's examination of money earmarked for Sandy relief. That includes money for the gov't to buy cars and also, somehow, benefits Alaska.
The pork-barrel feast includes more than $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. It also includes a whopping $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.
Other big-ticket items in the bill include $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.
Budget watchdogs have dubbed the 94-page emergency-spending bill “Sandy Scam.”
Matt Mayer of the conservative Heritage Foundation slammed the request as an “enormous Christmas gift worth of stuff.”
“The funding here should be focused on helping the community and the people, not replacing federal assets or federal items,” he said.
This is more than just a violation of the taxpayer trust. It's outright criminal the way the federal government looks out for its own interests and isn't truly focused on helping people. Fixing the roof of the Smithsonian is important, maybe. But this, frankly, is a staggeringly inappropriate waste of funds--already put on a credit card.
Then take the money promised to people who worked in the rubble of the World Trade Center. Years after they were guaranteed assistance they are still drowning in debt because the government hasn't come through on its promises. From a Staten Island newspaper:
Two years after Democratic President Barack Obama signed the $2.7 billion James Zadroga Act to provide health care for the first responders here and elsewhere, not a penny of the money has been paid out.
"I think it's a disgrace," said Charlie, a Staten Island firefighter who developed leukemia and lung problems because of his work on the pile. "They promise you the world. I don't understand it. I guess there's a lot of red tape."
This, however, is a perfect example of why the feds should not be in charge of charity efforts. Frankly, they aren't any good at it.