In the aftermath of its sojourn through the Eastern Coast of the United States approximately one month ago, Hurricane Irene left behind an enormous amount of damage from North Carolina to Maine. According to The New York Times, damage estimates range from $7 billion to $10 billion. At the end of its journey, Hurricane Irene wound up ranking in the top 10 worst hurricanes in terms of insurance losses.
In North Carolina, losses topped $400 million. Gov. Beverly Perdue remarked as much as $320 million came from crop losses. As many as 43 counties have requested to be put on disaster status.
For days after the storm, as many as 580,000 people were still without power.
New Jersey had record rainfall along the Passaic River. In Little Falls, flooding made it two blocks away from the river when it crested at 14.19 feet, 7 feet above flood stage. It broke the previous record by over three feet. CNN reported that as many as 1,700 people had to evacuate the area due to flooding. Over 300 roads were blocked.
In New York, parts of Staten Island were overrun by storm surges. The New York City Fire Department rescued 60 people from the flooded out portions of the island. New York’s suburbs were inundated with water.
140,000 acres in the state were lost among 13 counties.
According to the New York Times, 13 towns in Vermont were isolated by heavy rains. Roads and power lines were destroyed because of too much rain.
Per The Portland Press Herald, two bridges in Maine were washed away, 300 yards apart along Route 27 in Carrabassett Valley. Officials believe that the collapses were due to the extreme amounts of rain that pelted the area.
Did you see either Philadelphia or Pennsylvania mentioned anywhere in that list of major damage caused by Hurricane Irene?
No? Well, evidently is doesn’t really matter.
Like vultures descending on the carcass of an antelope killed by a lion on the Serengeti, those who seek to profit from this natural disaster are descending on County Assistance Offices in Philadelphia.
The local CBS affiliate in Philadelphia reports:
Thousands of Philadelphia residents gathered in long lines, citywide, waiting hours outside of 12 County Assistance Offices, hoping to apply for relief following Hurricane Irene.
The residents, many confused and lacking official information, hoped to receive a month of food stamps for food ruined by floods and power problems caused by the hurricane.
The program, called Disaster SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program), was created by the federal government and is administered by the State Department of Public Welfare.
Because of unexpectedly large turnouts, the application process was moved from Disaster Recovery Centers in Philadelphia to the 12 state offices in neighborhoods citywide.
Residents, based on income, household size and proof of flood-damage can receive up to a month’s worth of food stamps.
Those already receiving food stamps are eligible for partial relief, to the extent that their prior month’s food supply was damaged.
Throughout the day Monday, and beginning early Tuesday morning, many state offices had lines stretching for blocks with confused residents, many alerted by other neighbors that relief was available.
Little if any guidance was available at offices in the early going, although later in the day, officials did permit applicants to fill out forms outside the building instead of waiting for hours in line.
Officials emphasized that anyone seeking relief would have to present proof that they lost food due to a power outage or flooding from Irene. They also have to present proper identification and their relief, if any, would be based on their income and household size.
The application period, which began last Tuesday, ended at 7 p.m. Tuesday night. Applicants will be notified if they are eligible to receive the SNAP assistance within 24 to 48 hours.
This “Emergency Relief” comes in addition to the 1/6th of Americans currently on the SNAP (Food Stamps) Program, some of whom are 2nd and 3rd generation recipients.
Wait a minute, isn’t President Obamas’s American Jobs Act supposed to alieviate all of this “pain and suffering”? That’s why he’s been ranting and raving all over the countryside to “Pass the Bill Now!” isn’t it?
It looks like Scooter is just going to have to wait, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as reported at washingtontimes.com:
President Obama is still pressing Congress to pass his jobs-stimulus bill immediately, but Democratic Party leaders in the Senate once again have delayed taking a vote on the legislation and instead will take up a bill to punish China over its currency valuation.
Senators late Monday passed a bill to keep the government open into the next fiscal year and then adjourned for the rest of the week, but Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said when they return they’ll take up the China measure rather than Mr. Obama’s jobs plan.
“I don’t think there’s anything more important for a jobs measure than China trade,” said Mr. Reid, who is the chief Senate sponsor of Mr. Obama’s plan, but who said taking on China is a bigger priority right now.
For the Administration and its minions in the Democratic Party, it is is very apparent that it is more important to keep Entitlements flowing to their loyal voters, instead of working to ease the tax burden on Corporate America (those eeevil rich people), thereby creating jobs and getting America’s economic engine running on all cylinders again.
Karl Marx once said:
For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him.
The Democrats are masters at it.