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The politics of disaster.

August 29, 2017

Given the toxic political atmosphere of the last eight months, you’d think there was little else Congress and the media could do to further disgust American voters.

You’d be wrong.

With the waters still rising in Houston, leave it to Washington to make it all about itself.

What with the media taking potshots at President Trump for even going to Texas and Representative Peter King taking aim at Senator Ted Cruz over the long since allocated Hurricane Sandy money,  the gulf between the people and the politicians seems even wider than before.

Assuredly there are other things happening besides the natural disaster in Texas.

For instance, the strategy of resist, deny and stall by lawmakers has just come back to bite them in the arse, courtesy of Harvey.

Some Republicans are still whistling past the graveyard and promising that they can still pass a budget, raise the debt ceiling, deliver tax reform, and now appropriate more money for disaster recovery, (not to mention keeping an eye on what funds might be needed vis-à-vis North Korea).

Yeah.  And every American will win the next Powerball jackpot tomorrow.

There’s little that can be done about that perfect storm of events now. The facts are the facts.  Whatever gets done between now and the end of both the fiscal and calendar year will be even more half-assed than it was going to be pre-Harvey.

Democrats will use current events to try to block any sort of tax relief, not to mention the border wall  this year.  Republicans will demand dollar for dollar offsets to any budget increases, and the press will wallow in the rising sewage until no more will stick.

Nearly 48 billion dollars was allocated for damages from Sandy.  Estimates of the cost for Harvey haven’t even been compiled yet, but it wouldn’t be too farfetched to imagine that a similar amount might be necessary for Texas and Louisiana as well as any other state where the storm might decide to hang out for a few days at a time.

In the meantime you have real people wading around in dirty floodwater, sharing it with critters like snakes (all four of North America’s species of venomous snakes are found in the flooded areas) and alligators.

Wait!  Maybe there is an answer to the political maelstrom.

What’re the chances every member of Congress would volunteer to go wade around and rescue people too?

Right.  Zero. Still, it would make for a great photo op, wouldn’t it?

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