The White House is assembling a spending request to send to Capitol Hill as early as this week, and while the final sum is still in flux, it should fall between $45 billion and $55 billion. That represents an enormous sum at a time when Mr. Obama is locked in a titanic struggle with Republicans over the federal deficit, but is significantly less than the states sought.
Unless an austerity-minded Congress adds to the president’s plan, state leaders would have to figure out other ways to finance tens of billions of dollars of storm-related expenses or do without them.
Can we start using the word cheapskate instead of meaningless village-phrases like “austerity-minded?” Because that’s all this is, pointless cheap-ass-ism. This is managing one’s vast wealth through controlling the thermostat and buying off-brand cheese and refusing to tip the diner waitress.
I swear to God, I don’t know what kind of economy we’re building here, if every third business in the Rockaways is going to be left to rot. If you’re not nearby, follow Occupy Sandy for a few days on Twitter and it will give you an idea of the enormity of the need and the ways people are scraping pennies out of their couch cushions in order to pay for respirators and, you know, cleaning supplies. And just because ’twas ever thus doesn’t make it okay.