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  1. Has anyone really made any compelling comparison as to what Obama did right with Sandy that Bush did wrong with Katrina? Bush may have failed on the optics, especially with “Heckuva job, Brownie,” but substantively, why does Obama deserve credit whereas Bush deserved scorn?

    Comment by chad — November 10, 2012 @ 8:19 pm - November 10, 2012

  2. File Under: “Things That Would Matter in a Sane and Reasonable Country.”

    Comment by V the K — November 10, 2012 @ 8:38 pm - November 10, 2012

  3. It really is simple – Obama hates white people!

    Comment by Charles — November 10, 2012 @ 8:43 pm - November 10, 2012

  4. This is going to be how health care plays out under ObamaCare. We are now serfs. We are no longer citizens.

    What will it take for us to reclaim our nation and our liberty?

    Comment by WarEagle82 — November 10, 2012 @ 8:46 pm - November 10, 2012

  5. Actually WarEagle82 I think it will go differently. I remember the barter economy and the food stamp economy and I have worked in the cash under the table economy, I think you’ll start to see something similar with healthcare. Already you can get a better deal for treatment by paying in cash. And cash is hard to track if it stays underground.

    Comment by Catseye — November 10, 2012 @ 8:52 pm - November 10, 2012

  6. It’s called Defiance, the English have a saying “Treason doth never prosper what’s the Reason, for if it prosper none Dare call it Teason”.

    Comment by Catseye — November 10, 2012 @ 8:55 pm - November 10, 2012

  7. Guess he doesn’t need to show he cares now that the election is behind him.

    Well, you know, this is some of that greater flexibility he said he’d have after the election and wasn’t accountable anymore.

    Eric Hines

    Comment by E Hines — November 10, 2012 @ 9:08 pm - November 10, 2012

  8. Wonder if Chris Christie has washed the taste of Obama’s wenis out of his mouth yet.

    Comment by V the K — November 10, 2012 @ 9:21 pm - November 10, 2012

  9. Its easy-Obama gets credit because he has a D after his name.

    Also, one thing to realize with Hurricanes is that the worst part of the experience is often waiting for power and clean up. You often end up trapped, and food and other necessities are scarce. Flooding more often than not is the worst aspect for people to deal with.

    This is a fact of how hurricanes work. I think the media ramped up the criticism post Katrina and had expectations that just flat out weren’t realistic for the situation. I think the media expected there to be some FEMA organized magic clean up wand that would make everything better with a few magic words and blamed Bush for failing to say the magic words.

    Hurricanes are awful and it often takes weeks to get normal service back to an area. Local (mayor) and state governments are in reality much better equipped to handle the details of the clean up.

    I really don’t expect Obama is at fault, but then I thought Bush was unfairly blamed for Katrina.

    Comment by Just Me — November 10, 2012 @ 9:58 pm - November 10, 2012

  10. Catseye, #5 – Right you are – it is called Concierge Medicine. We have it here in Atlanta. It is also in lots of places. An all cash patient/doctor relationship. See:

    http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2005/10/24/focus1.html?page=all

    I looked into it last year. Very interesting and has some real value. If I were a doctor, I would consider it over having to deal with obamacare.

    Comment by mixitup — November 10, 2012 @ 11:02 pm - November 10, 2012

  11. Let us remember how Levi and Chris Matthews thought, and indeed still think, that Frankenstorm Sandy was a wonderful thing; because it saved Levi’s Cult Leader and Chrissy’s boyfriend from electoral oblivion.

    So what if a hundred people died and millions are suffering; the important thing is, the SCOAMF can still play golf at taxpayer expense.

    Comment by V the K — November 11, 2012 @ 12:09 am - November 11, 2012

  12. [i]It really is simple – Obama hates white people![/i]

    Not specifically white people, just people who vote Republican. Look how Staten Island voted in 2008. Same as letting all the people in TN/KY (?) freeze to death without nary a media peep back in 2009(?). They voted Republican…

    Comment by Adriane — November 11, 2012 @ 12:35 am - November 11, 2012

  13. Plenty of people with Buyer’s Remorse out there right now, I’ll bet. It’s a pity you don’t have Presidential Recall elections; on the other hand, they would have to be limited (or political opponents would misuse it: i.e. you’d get one shot, so time it right.)

    Comment by perturbed — November 11, 2012 @ 4:33 am - November 11, 2012

  14. I can’t speak for other locations but here on Staten Island it’s private citizens/volunteers taking things into their own hands that is making the difference. The Salvation Army is not very popular in the LGBT community but it’s the charity that has stepped up here.

    If there is one thing we have learned through this experience it’s that other than for our first responders/uniformed services, state and local gubermint was totally unprepared in even the most basic ways. If we are hit with a coordinated terrorist attack with multiple points of attack simultainiously, we are in deep trouble. I advise every citizen to think long and hard about what you need to do so that you and your families will be able to survive a major disaster on your own. Belive me gubermint won’t be there to help you until the tragedy is long over.

    This begs the question, where is all this tax money we pay going?

    Comment by Richard Bell — November 11, 2012 @ 6:39 am - November 11, 2012

  15. Good to hear you’re hanging in their Richard. You’re in my prayers.

    Comment by The_Livewire — November 11, 2012 @ 11:25 am - November 11, 2012

  16. [H]ere on Staten Island it’s private citizens/volunteers taking things into their own hands that is making the difference.

    And

    …other than for our first responders/uniformed services, state and local gubermint was totally unprepared in even the most basic ways.

    The latter, in fact, isn’t the fault of government, per se, it’s the nature of the thing. Bureaucracies–which is what governments are–cannot respond quickly. Even the first responders, try as they might, cannot respond in a critically timely fashion.

    When the bad man comes, and seconds count, the police will be only minutes away. So it is with any disaster, man-made or natural. The only truly prompt response capability is from the private citizens and businesses that are on the scene at the time of the disaster. As the folks on Staten Island are demonstrating.

    This does not absolve the governments’, of all jurisdictions, failure to get there “later;” that anger is justified. But folks and their businesses have to be prepared their own selves for the immediate exigency and its immediate aftermath.

    Eric Hines

    Comment by E Hines — November 11, 2012 @ 11:51 am - November 11, 2012

  17. Plenty of people with Buyer’s Remorse out there right now, I’ll bet.

    Naw, they are blaming Bush.

    This begs the question, where is all this tax money we pay going?

    Towards large salaries and big shindigs for the FEMA and government elite.

    One of the problems with government running things is that they get bloated and too far separated from the community so that when they need help, they don’t have a way to effectively provide it.

    One of the interesting articles I read is that Guliani created a sort of team and communications system that would pass up the chain where the biggest need was so they could direct the assistance to that need. This was created post 9-11 and intended to deal with some of the problems they discovered in dealing with the large scale attack.

    Under Boomburg and the new police chief they essentially let the program die. It is a shell and wasn’t implemented at all during Sandy-because the mayor and police chief didn’t buy into the program.

    It is incompetence, but I still think the incompetence comes from the local level and not because Obama isn’t handing out food packets and water-or waving the magic make everything better wand.

    Comment by Just Me — November 11, 2012 @ 12:09 pm - November 11, 2012

  18. Since Obama is now re-elected and criticism of him brings diminishing returns.

    Should we not focus on the future and competence of (possible future presidential candidates) Governor Cuomo, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (possible 2016 VP) and Chuck Schumer and other elected officials in the area?

    Where is Cuomo

    Comment by Geena — November 11, 2012 @ 12:49 pm - November 11, 2012

  19. #15 – “You’re in my prayers.”

    Thanks, wire.

    Comment by Richard Bell — November 11, 2012 @ 1:16 pm - November 11, 2012

  20. #18 – “Where is Cuomo”

    No worries, Geena, the press said that Andrew told them everything is okay.

    Comment by Richard Bell — November 11, 2012 @ 1:18 pm - November 11, 2012

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    Pingback by Veteran’s Day 2012: Saying “Thank You!” and LINKS! — November 11, 2012 @ 1:54 pm - November 11, 2012

  22. #20 Richard: “No worries, Geena, the press said that Andrew told them everything is okay.”

    And the long gas lines are because of people hoarding. Those selfish pricks!

    This is, of course, true because Andy Cuomo told us so.

    Comment by Charles — November 11, 2012 @ 4:29 pm - November 11, 2012

  23. #22 – “This is, of course, true because Andy Cuomo told us so.”

    Yes, Charles, and we know it’s true because he used his most stern voice and the press nodded in belief.

    Comment by Richard Bell — November 11, 2012 @ 4:51 pm - November 11, 2012

  24. It would be interesting to see side by side and day by day the front page of the NY Times Katrina day 1 next to Sandy day 1 and so on.

    Comment by Mark Reardon — November 13, 2012 @ 3:49 pm - November 13, 2012

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