George Bernard Shaw
President Biden actually got the ball rolling six days ago, when he “declared that an emergency exists in the State of Florida and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Ian beginning on September 23, 2022, and continuing.”
“The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, . . .”
On 28 September, Governor DeSantis [who said in 2013, “federal bailout for the New York region after Hurricane Sandy was an irresponsible boondoggle, a symbol of the ‘put it on the credit card mentality’. . .”] requested President Biden grant a Major Disaster Declaration for all 67 counties, for all categories, and all types of assistance, due to the ongoing devastating impacts of Hurricane Ian. If granted, a Major Disaster Declaration provides a wide range of federal assistance programs for individuals, as well as funds for both emergency and permanent work and public infrastructure."
DeSantis also “requested President Biden grant the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) the authority to provide 100% federal cost share for debris removal and emergency protective measures (FEMA Categories A and B) for the first 60 days from landfall. This FEMA grant can only be authorized by the President of the United States.”
DeSantis’ requests for additional aid had to be formally requested by the governor (or acting governor) of a state before it can be provided. I guess FL aid isn’t as irresponsible as NY aid. . .
I’m not sure the UK will actually lend us pounds. But then again, they may be willing to because the interest rates would help keep them from going bankrupt.
I guess there is some comfort in realizing that we probably won’t be struck down by something from outer space in the distant future. Now, if we could just figure out how to keep from destroying the world before then . . .
And then there is the woman who worked a full time job for 30 years, raised several children, and retired at the same time as her spouse. She doesn’t just sit in an easy chair boring herself with ball games and solitaire. She had her ‘but’ list ("I wanted to do a/b/c . . ., but couldn’t because the kids had soccer practice/I volunteered at the school/I traveled with my job/they needed a scout assistant/they needed a parent to go on field trips/etc.) and she proceeds to go down that list. She tries basket weaving (the old joke) and pottery. Pottery is fun and soon she is making pottery pieces to sell for charity. She takes her grandchildren to various activities and teaches them to swim and goes with them when they go on vacations. Her retired spouse (their grandfather) stays home (he doesn’t like to travel) and sits in his easy chair reading the news and playing cards online and at the local club. He feeds the pets. What about the house, the dishes, the laundry? They wait til she returns. And people chide her about the state of his health and criticize her for not taking better care of him.
Unpaid laborers in the home don’t get to retire. They are expected to continue doing what they have been doing for decades. Except now they have to do it around a large immovable object which grunts a lot and regularly communicates in the form of questions and ‘suggestions’: “Don’t vacuum now, I want to watch the ball game.” “Is the coffee ready yet?” “What are we having for lunch?” “Bring me some chips.” “Why don’t you hang the sheets and towels out on the line instead of putting them in the dryer?” “Did you miss a spot on that window?” “Why don’t you put the dishes in this cupboard and the cans in that one?” “Don’t forget to get some ice cream when you’re at the store.” “Where did you put my (a) socks (b) nail clippers © phone charger, etc.” “Is supper ready yet?”
And, when the immovable object develops health problems exacerbated by lack of exercise and poor eating habits, not only are the unpaid laborers expected to do all the nursing, they are also blamed because they didn’t do enough to keep him healthy.
It worked so well under Reagan, Bush, and Trump.
“They”? There isn’t a ubiquitous ‘they’ arbitrarily deciding to raise housing or any other prices. Supply and Demand. Prices go up because the people and companies who grow, build, manufacture, product, ship, and sell things have to pay their bills and their costs have increased. If the forest was destroyed by a fire, the lumbermen have to find a new source of wood. If the factory that produced the nails can’t get the iron; if the factory manufacturing smoke detectors closes down new suppliers have to be found. If the trucker can’t get the diesel to make the trip to pick up the nails or lumber, prices go up. If the appliance company has to increase wages or add safety equipment in order to keep workers, then prices go up. Of course, there are individual companies who take advantage of such situations and bump up their prices more than their increased costs require. But it’s not a conspiracy — it is the ripple effect of supply and demand.
Congress’ job is to serve the American people. Congress enacts laws that influence the daily lives of all Americans. Its responsibilities include funding government functions and programs, holding hearings to inform the legislative process, and oversight of the executive branch. All to serve the people. Irregardless of whether the budget is continually in balance or not.
A brief deficit history:
The U.S. has run a budget deficit for most of the last century. There were large budget deficits during both world wars. Relative to the size of the economy, the largest deficits in history were during World War II.
There have been deficits almost every year since 1961, but they really began to balloon during the 1980s.
—In 1981, Reagan vowed to limit the size of government. During his 2 terms, the nation’s deficit roughly doubled and topped $200 billion several times. George H.W. Bush, also presided over a record-breaking deficit of $290 billion in 1992.
—President Clinton consistently cut the deficit and eventually oversaw the first budget surplus in decades. The surplus stood at $236 billion in 2000, at the end of his 2nd term.
—President George W. Bush cited the Clinton surplus as evidence that taxes were too high and he pushed through significant tax cuts and oversaw an increase in spending, which, again, drove the budget into the red.
—In 2009, it reached $1.4 trillion under Bush, leaving incoming Obama a BIG problem. It remained above $1 trillion through 2012, but was slashed to $440 billion by the end of Obama’s presidency.
—President Trump pushed the deficit higher with his massive tax cuts and increased defense spending. It was over a $1 trillion by 2020, BEFORE Congress passed a $2 trillion pandemic stimulus package.
—So far, under President Biden, the deficit has declined to around $900 billion (and that’s including costs associated with the pandemic).
[White House Office of Budget and Management, Historical Tables]