Andrew Cuomo believes superstorm (not hurricane) Sandy was worse than Katrina, and should generate a $42 billion federal government welfare check for the proud and free citizens of New York, paid from the future tax liabilities of the flyover people (since there is no discretionary money in the federal budget for such things). All the rest of New York’s politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, have no quarrel with Cuomo’s assertions. From an Associated Press article published in the Miami Herald on the matter:
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared Superstorm Sandy in some ways worse than 2005’s Hurricane Katrina as he said his state would need $42 billion to recover from the damage wreaked in late October and prevent future catastrophe.
The figure includes more than $32 billion for damage and restoration and an additional $9 billion to head off damage in future storms, including steps to protect the power grid and cellphone network.
As he and other political leaders in his state conferred on how much federal aid to seek, he said New York taxpayers can’t foot the bill.
“It would incapacitate the state,” he said at a news conference Monday. “Tax increases are always a last, last, last resort.”
I wonder, is Cuomo a Norquist No-Tax pledge signer? Or did he maybe just initial it? And of course, taxes on your own people to pay for their own troubles would be anyone’s last resort if someone else were willing and available to pay for your problems.
In what is superficially an unrelated matter, but is instead profoundly pertinent to NY’s claim of damages, at least 112 people died in a fire in a garment factory in Bangladesh last Sunday, from the Associated Press article on the matter:
Bangladesh has some 4,000 garment factories, many without proper safety measures. The country annually earns about $20 billion from exports of garment products, mainly to the United States and Europe.
Apparently it is a very, very lucrative thing to live in a self-important American city when it suffers some bad weather. But it’s not so lucrative to make the clothes the people in the self-important American city wear and sell, not even half as lucrative in a whole year as the damage proclaimed to be wrought in a few hours by a piddling little storm that didn’t even make a hurricane.
New Yorkers. They’ve got chutzpah, if not much else.