In the wake of the destruction and loss of life caused by Hurricane Sandy the Federal government has put together an aid package of monstrous porkportions. A total of 60 billion dollars of which 41 million dollars goes to military bases including Gitmo. I guess the $750,000. soccer field needs upgrades to be able to hold the 2013 Terrorist Olympics. It will be the only event where attendees will be searched for explosives, and if they aren't wearing any won't be allowed to enter. There is 150 million dollars targeted for Alaska fisheries. It seems to me fishes wouldn't be bothered by hurricanes unless they were blown off the display stand at the fish market. There is 4 million dollars for the Kennedy Space Center which is ironic since we hitch a ride with the Russians when we need to go to space. Maybe it should be renamed the Kruschev Space Center. The money could be for the astronomical interest we're paying on our Russian Express Card, but "we don't leave earth without it." Rahm Emanuel summed up the situation nicely when he said "never let a crisis go to waste" just taxpayer dollars.
Hurricane Irene is barreling up the East Coast with winds up to 100 m.p.h, and heading directly toward my apartment in Lower Manhattan*. In spite of the possible loss of life and billions of dollars in damages there are some who look on every disaster as "an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before"**. I guess by that they mean surfing 20 foot waves in the Hudson River, snorkeling the ruins of Wall Street, and catching striped bass from my 11th floor balcony. Some intelligentsia will see this as opportunity for stimulus spending. Maybe I can get in on that "cash for lunkers program***.
|She looked taller in the photos.|
**Quote from Rahm Emanuel.
***A lunker is a large fish. This program does not exist, but it should.