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  •  They are collectively missing..... (22+ / 0-)

    The huge story that has been right under their noses for months. There is a Shock Doctrine angle to this whole story that probably reaches many many cities affected by Sandy. And there are probably thousands of property owners that are on the verge of losing everything because relief is nowhere in sight and the vultures are on the sidelines waiting to swoop in and get those properties for pennies on the dollar. If my memory is correct I recall reading that there is something like 26 billion available in federal relief but only a fraction of that has been disbursed. Of course it's only been 16 months so I'm sure that any minute now that money will be put to good use. I'm still waiting for someone brave enough to tell THAT story.

    •  And I hate to ask, but it must be asked: (9+ / 0-)

      If that is all true, where the hell is the Obama administration on this? Why aren't they out front and center talking about this, and demanding action at the state level, and what is being done at the federal level to fix it? Where are the OIG and the DOJ?

      "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few. But we can't have both." - Justice Louis Brandeis

      by flitedocnm on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 08:28:44 AM PST

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      •  Oh, come on now. Nobody goes to jail for this (8+ / 0-)

        shit anymore. Corruption is just another name for future campaign contributions.

        "We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis Brandies

        by Pescadero Bill on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 08:50:39 AM PST

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        •  Unless of course you re a Dem, especially a Dem in (1+ / 0-)
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          a red state. In fact, in that case, you don't even have to break the law. Don Siegelman comes readily to mind.

          "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few. But we can't have both." - Justice Louis Brandeis

          by flitedocnm on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 12:00:55 AM PST

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      •  Yes, I would think (2+ / 0-)
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        that the mayor would have contacted her congress people or even BO himself had the funds not flowed as they should have.

        Or she could have contacted whatever federal agency was overseeing the funds.

        After all, this is federal money.

        I can't imagine being a mayor and not acting aggressively about this - here we are, more than a year away from the event.  Maybe she did try to escalate and got nowhere.

        The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

        by dfarrah on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 08:57:15 AM PST

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      •  I have to ask (5+ / 0-)

        how Christie got reelected so easily when he was holding up the FEMA aid.

        In my only experience observing FEMA (this was over a decade ago, the agency might have changed its aid distribution mechanisms, and  I've never received FEMA aid personally)  the agency doles out aid directly and rapidly, with an eye to filter out bogus claims and another eye on slapping around fraudsters who pass through the filter and defraud the system.

        Maybe the FEMA process varies state by state.

        Perhaps in NJ fraud is much more systematized.  We all hear the jokes, other than that I understand zero about NJ politics. But why aren't NJ voters holding their elected pols accountable for this corruption? Did they not understand that the FEMA aid should have been distributed quickly? On the ground? Why, after the aid had been granted by Congress, didn't Sandy victims expect and claim their aid quickly?

        What were they thinking, just "blame Obama"?

      •  US Attorney's Office = DOJ and they're in (2+ / 0-)
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        These cases are not run out of Holder's inner office; they're run by the local US Attorney, who is on the case.

        Headline on top tier of right now: "Hoboken mayor meets with U.S. investigators."

      •  I'm pretty sure.... (2+ / 0-)
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        That those funds were or are given over to the state (Christie) who controls when and where they go, and in this case, if they go out at all. Duplicating the same mistakes made in NOLA.

    •  diffrntdrummr -- someone did tell that story: (3+ / 0-)
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      it was either ed schultz or lawrence o'donnell, a couple of months ago. whichever one of them it was, had a homeowner on their show & she said she & her family were STILL living in a trailer out in front of their home, waiting for the reimbursement money christie promised them they'd get. she said she'd jumped thru all the hoops she was told to jump thru & she hadn't seen a dime yet. unfuckingbelieveable.

      ed also had barbara bouno (spelling?) on several times prior to the election & she said the same thing. christie was sitting on a huge pile of sandy relief money & no one was calling him out on it.

      The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. ~ J.K. Galbraith

      by bluezen on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 04:38:28 PM PST

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