I am so very happy my son and I drove down to the City to save the baby! The hurricane tidal surge went beyond even the highest prediction of 11 feet to devastate the entire coastline of Long Island, Manhattan Island and the entire shore of New Jersey from top to bottom not to mention all the way from Canada to Georgia. This has to be one of the most brutal category 1 storm in history.
We stayed up much of the night communicating with friends and family stranded in dark, windy and wet conditions there. The flooding has been the worst in 100 years, literally. The catastrophe has just begun to be assessed. The Far Rockaways, for example, had a major fire that destroyed nearly 100 houses. All the subway and PATH train systems were flooded as well as all the tunnels to Manhattan from both New Jersey and Brooklyn.
Most of Manhattan is now in the dark as several power stations were too wet or blew up. Wall Street is more like Venice. They want to restart the markets only it can’t be staffed since most of the workers can’t commute and the ones who lived the nearest are the ones who had to either be evacuated or have no electricity.
The financial impact of this storm goes far, far beyond the wind and rain damage. It is the restarting, cleaning and reopening all the major transportation systems feeding into Wall Street and all the main bank corporate headquarters, the damage being done to commerce in general is ferocious. Shipping has been hard hit as the docks were hit by the surge and ships have been rerouted to other ports, etc.
Foolish people who hate ‘liberals’ and ‘NYC’ will laugh at this ruination but it will hammer the entire US economy from top to bottom in the next several years. Already, it has hit my family very hard. My son learned today the State is firing all the workers in his sector and farming it out to a corporation run by hedge funds that pay much, much less and bring in foreign workers, claiming, falsely, no Americans want these jobs.
The process of downgrading all jobs has not only not abated, it is ever more ferocious. The fact that a hedge fund corporate raider with offshore accounts might be President is hideous and shows how demented things are today as the ‘I got my own, to hell with everyone else’ culture of ‘greed’ has ended up killing the US Golden Goose.
My cartoon from July, 2006.Goldman Sachs Claims Their Own Computer Program Wrecks Markets! | Culture of Life News
Once upon a time, there was this man who was very poor. He was granted a wish. Naturally, he wished to be very rich. So he was given a goose that laid golden eggs. When the king found out about this magical goose, he demanded it for himself. So, when the poor farmer handed the goose to the king, the king wanted to get to the source of the wealth because he didn’t want to wait every morning for just one egg at a time!
So had the goose cut open so he could have infinite wealth all at once. The goose died and the eggs ceased to be manufactured by it, one at a time. I wish to add to this story, which is very old: the real golden goose is not the stock markets. Nor is it the banks. It is the physical labor sector. The goose had to create the eggs every day. That meant, it had to eat. It had to have shelter and it had to be protected from foxes and wolves. The poor farmer did all of this. He fed the goose and protected it and it laid golden eggs.
Back to this disaster: the economic losses are going to be gigantic. One of the biggest taxpaying machines in the US is NYC. This sad state of affairs should frighten every American to the core. The ripple effect of all this will, like the tidal surge, flow dramatically to every community in the US.
The day before the hurricane hit, there was this headline in NYC: Back in business! Statue of Liberty reopens to public Sunday – NYPOST.com. A Federally funded $30 million renovation, it may be a warning from the goddesses of fate, the Furies and the Norns, that as we lose our freedoms, as the GOP apes the Taliban while screaming about Sharia law being imposed here as if there is the slightest difference between that and what they are proposing…the statue is swamped by a storm.
A storm is breaking and the GOP plan is to kill FEMA. This stupid and insane proposal baffles me. Don’t Southerners and Midwesterners, the core base of this lunatic party, ever need to be rescued? Of course! Constantly! And NYC pays a hefty share of the costs for them all. Typical ingratitude from people who should have some shame, like Ryan who went to college on Social Security funds, they think they saved themselves when actually, Wall Street and NY and NJ taxpayers saved them.
But then, Wall Street wants all this killed off so they save no one! And this is the key: even as the jerks running Wall Street plan to loot us all and to provide little to no services and render our educated youth unemployed and put our former working poor into prisons, they need to be rescued by FEMA. Imagine that. They, themselves, are now in desperate need to be rescued by the Federal operation that they, themselves, are spending a lot of money to kill.
Here is their good buddy and fellow offshore banker talking about FEMA: Mitt’s disastrous emergency management plan – Salon.com
At a CNN-sponsored GOP debate last June, moderator John King asked Romney what he would do to keep FEMA solvent. Romney replied that we need to cut government spending and should “send it back to the states … And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.” King looked a bit surprised and followed up to make sure Romney was saying what he appeared to be saying. “Including disaster relief, though?” King asked. Romney answered affirmatively: “We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.”
Whose kids is this hedge fund raider talking about? Why, his own darling spawn. One son of his just bought the voting machine corporation for part of Ohio…and you can bet, this was done so they can steal the election there just like Diebold did for Bush Jr. This guy wants more money for wars but none for hurricanes.
This information that Romney plans to gut FEMA isn’t going over so hot right now as voters are warned that the mania for tax cuts, which mainly benefit the very rich, is going to cost very dearly when disasters hit. So, Etch a Sketch Romney has backtracked and said weakly, that FEMA is sort of OK but not so OK while his GOP strategist is quite blatant that they plan to privatize FEMA to offshore hedge funds:
Romney ‘right on the button’ in knocking FEMA | The Raw StoryPolitico reported Monday that Romney’s campaign said he would not advocate shuttering FEMA…
Bonjean said Monday he didn’t think “anybody cares” about Romney’s debate statements against the agency, instead suggesting that President Barack Obama could be jumping the gun by mobilizing FEMA ahead of Sandy’s arrival.
“I think people care about whether or not their power’s on, whether or not their basement’s going to be flooded,” he said. “And I think that if the president gets too far in front of this and something goes wrong, people are going to remember, hey, my power’s not out, and the president’s talking about FEMA. I’m not a real big fan of FEMA. That could sway their vote.”
So, if anyone in our government is pro-active and before a deadly hurricane or an obvious earthquake or a developing drought ravages everyone, people will hate the President and hate FEMA for being pro-active? HAHAHA. What they want is for disaster to overwhelm us and then we have to beg to be rescued and then, like with Katrina, they will refuse to help for at least a week while people die.
Only then and at great expense, they will come in reluctantly? Yes, that is the plan. And to have the states say how this aid is given is the open door to ethnic cleansing whereby the racist states which plan to install Romney like Bush, will refuse all aid to minorities and people in the cities. THAT is their goofy plan. To literally kill us all off, one by one, disaster by disaster.
Finally, Ann Romney is hard at work, poor dear, pretending she is a lower class housewife trying to make ends meet on a meager $250 million dollar paycheck: Ann Romney: Intimate images from campaign trail as she reveals how she feeds her 30-plus family for just $4.50 a head which is in the news published by Murdoch, of course, the propaganda machine which has struggled to recast this rich woman as a poor working class housewife. She constantly talks about how she shops at Costco. Never any other store, it is always ‘Costco’ because she probably wasn’t fed the name of any other underclass store where the rest of the 99% of us have to shop.
She never mentions shopping at Walmart and perhaps the Waltons will stop funding the GOP to punish her…no, they love this system even if Romney disses them.
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