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Obama fails to provide aid to victims of Hurricane Isaac

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Revmitchell, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    President Barack Obama has refused to extend to victims of Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana the same relief he criticized former President George W. Bush for withholding from New Orleans residents in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The move has frustrated state and local politicians and contradicts his own campaign rhetoric about disaster relief from just one election cycle ago.

    In a fiery 2007 speech at Hampton University unveiled last week exclusively by The Daily Caller, Obama excoriated the Bush administration for supposedly refusing to waive requirements of the Stafford Act, which requires disaster victims to repay the federal government for emergency assistance, after Katrina struck the Gulf Coast.

    “What’s happening down in New Orleans?” Obama shouted during the speech, which was recorded at the Virginia university in June of 2007. “Where’s your dollar? Where’s your Stafford Act Money? Makes no sense! It tells me, the people down in New Orleans, they don’t care about as much!”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/10/o...ush-rhetoric-on-katrina-relief/#ixzz28ttUuMuQ


    Watch 2007 speech here
     
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    More hypocrisy! I'm shocked! :rolleyes:
     
  3. poncho

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    Washington DC is built on hypocrisy. Pick your favorite hypocrite and cast your vote.
     
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    It's probably because we suddenly can't argue afford it. There's irony for you.
     
  5. InTheLight

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    Slight correction---the Stafford Act stipulates that states must put up a small percentage of matching funds in order to receive federal disaster relief funds. In the case of Katrina it was 10% (which Bush eventually waived.) In the case of Isaac the matching amount is 25%, which Obama has not waived. There is no "repaying the federal government" for emergency assistance.
     
  6. poncho

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    Maybe it's time we stopped looking for Washington to solve all our problems. Anytime the federal government gets involved with anything it takes three times as long and costs fives as much as if we'd just done it ourselves.

    The federal government doesn't solve problems it creates them. Didn't we learn anything from Ronald Reagan?
     
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  7. InTheLight

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    So when a hurricane devastates a multi-state area and destroys infrastructure we, as private citizens should just buck up and fix the interstate highways, the intercoastal waterways, the communication towers, water treatment plants, electrical systems and traffic signals, as well as remove debris and construction material? There should be some voluntary citizens task force formed and fund raisers sent out to collect money? Is that it?
     
  8. poncho

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    One word. Katrina.
     
  9. saturneptune

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    Since you are a leader of a church, what did you do or organize to help the victims of Hurricane Issac?
     
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