It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again, Again

“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice there is.”  ~Yogi Berra

By Alden L. Benton

Sandy has left the scene and FEMA et al, has fumbled the ball — again.

While New York City, and the rest of the northeast United States, drowns in the darkness in the wake of super storm Sandy, the president is on the campaign trail bragging about how well the recovery is going.

The Washington Times reports President Obama said Saturday (November 3) that one of the disaster’s positive results was “leaders of different political parties working together to fix what’s broken.”

Really?  The president is clueless. 

In New York City alone, millions of people are still without power, gasoline, food, and clean water.  Like the U.S. economy, this is not a recovery and people are suffering.

The president’s own campaign staff tries, and fails, to defend his “involvement” in relief efforts. 

According to The Washington Times,

Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki, defending the president’s full campaign schedule amid the post-storm suffering on the East Coast, told reporters that Mr. Obama is “losing his voice a little bit out on the campaign trail” because he is talking on the phone constantly with state and local officials between rallies where he stumps for votes.

Wow, the president actually takes a few minutes out of his campaign schedule to talk on the phone about disaster recovery.  Impressive?  I think not.  President Obama is throwing Sandy’s victims under the bus and abandoning them just as he did when he failed to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11.

The New York Post reports that New York Mayor Bloomberg got an earful as he toured the devastated Rockaway neighborhood of New York City.

Storm-ravaged and weary Rockaway residents cornered Mayor Bloomberg yesterday to angrily demanding more aid for their devastated neighborhood.

“When are we gonna get some help?” blasted one desperate woman, who had to be held back by the mayor’s security detail as Bloomberg stood by with a deer-in-the-headlights look.

“When are we gonna get some f–king help?” she demanded.

“There’s old ladies in my building that don’t got nothing,” lashed out a man on video caught by a NY1 reporting crew.

According to the Associated Press, power is restored to lower Manhattan, but severe problems persist in the other boroughs of New York City.  “Adding to the misery of those without power, heat or gasoline were dipping temperatures.”

In an effort to alleviate the fuel shortages, the National Guard gave away free gasoline in Brooklyn.  The endeavor quickly deteriorated into pandemonium.  According to the Associated Press,

“It’s chaos; it’s pandemonium out here,” said Chris Damon, who had been waiting for 3 1/2 hours at the site and had circled the block five times.  “It seems like nobody has any answers.”

Added Damon: “I feel like a victim of Hurricane Katrina.  I never thought it could happen here in New York, but it’s happened.”

Yes, it has happened, again.  President Obama says, “There’s nothing more important than us getting this right.”  However, recovery of the northeast United States from disaster is not as important to the president as his reelection.

Nevertheless, that may be the silver lining in a very dark cloud.  As we saw in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, the government, at any level, is incapable of effective action.  Nearly a decade later, New Orleans still has not fully recovered. 

Your tax dollars at work — not!

The economic impact of Sandy is far greater than that of Katrina — estimated at many billions of dollars.  If Obama applies his leadership and management “skills” to the relief efforts in the northeast, we will be waiting for the area, and the national economy, to recover for decades.

Resident’s of the Northeast United States can’t wait that long.

As Yogi Berra, New York’s favorite philosopher, once said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

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