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  •  pass a law(or rule) which says... (2+ / 0-)
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    divineorder, Calamity Jean

    "money appropriated for natural disaster relief is not subject to the "pay go" rule".
    In other words they can be added to the deficit and do not need to harm other programs. Disasters are unforseeable and thus can't be put into a budget so they belong in the catagory of special appropriations where Bush put the entire billions in war funding.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 03:35:08 PM PST

    •  Disasters due to building in flood prone areas are (4+ / 0-)

      somewhat forseeable.

      We also need policy to encourage responsibility from local governments in this regard.

    •  No need for a special rule (2+ / 0-)
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      divineorder, wu ming

      Congress is not subject to any substantive spending limitations.

      Ok, so I read the polls.

      by andgarden on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 03:38:44 PM PST

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      •  legally true but politically not (1+ / 0-)
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        Calamity Jean

        Democrats put in the 'pay go' rule to show they would be different than Republicans after Bush used the national credit card for everything and created this deficit crisis.

        But now the GOPers are using it to force cuts equal to any appropriations. They have already done it for several natural disasters and democrats generally go along with them since it's their rule. The language I proposed would negate that reasoning and it would get wide support because of Sandy.

        But I agree, you are legally correct in what you say. It's just that politically things don't work out that way. The 'pay go' rule itself hasn't totally stopped deficit spending but it has put constraints on it. In some places like disasters it's been bad but in others it's been good.

        America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

        by cacamp on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 04:38:01 PM PST

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    •  Sure (0+ / 0-)

      and the way to do it is to make it part of the austerity bomb negotiations.

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