Just a reminder: Obama campaigning today, doing online chat while storm pounds Louisiana

posted at 4:36 pm on August 29, 2012 by Allahpundit

Ace flagged this yesterday but I want to amplify it now. Because Isaac has finally hit full force, we’re bound to experience some truly excruciating media hackery tonight about Republicans daring to stoop to partisan politics while Louisianans suffer. Be advised: The guy who actually runs the federal government’s emergency-response apparatus is in Charlottesville, Virginia as I write this desperately trying to convince college students that letting him rocket the country towards a fiscal meltdown is good for their future. According to standard presidential protocol, he shouldn’t be campaigning at all this week. Usually the incumbent stays off the trail as a courtesy to the other party when they hold their convention. But because, contra Vice President Chains, O’s top priority is first, last, and always his own reelection, that protocol is up in smoke. Even when there’s a hurricane over New Orleans that should, in theory, require his undivided attention.

Note to Bobby Jindal: Try to catch him tomorrow, when he’s not busy with something more important.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Monday sent a letter to President Obama saying the federal government was not doing enough to help Louisiana cover the expenses it’s taking on in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac…

The action by Obama makes federal funding to the state available immediately, but Jindal said it “only provides for direct federal assistance” and doesn’t “provide for reimbursement of expenses that the state is taking to prepare for the storm.”

“The State’s expenditures for emergency protective measures are already approximately $8,000,000 and exceed the State of Louisiana’s threshold when making a request for a major disaster declaration,” the letter continued.

That was published this morning. As of 3 p.m. ET:

And here’s Jake Tapper as of 4 p.m.:

So there you go. Tonight, I promise, there’ll be some Chalian-esque cretin on cable news or in print pretending to be offended that the GOP would campaign when there’s an actual death toll from Isaac. And when it happens, remember that today was also the day that Obama not only couldn’t tear himself away from the trail in Virginia, it’s the day he picked to do … an “Ask Me Anything” online chat with Reddit readers. Yes, really. Apparently that’s actually going to happen.

Exit quotation from fair and balanced media star Gwen Ifill:

Update: From commenter ninjapirate: “Bobby Jindal should sign up for reddit and ask Obama a question.”

Update: Meanwhile, in Charlottesville:

Before the event, one Obama campaign official said it would likely be one of the president’s largest rallies of the campaign, estimating some 12,000 would show up.

The campaign later said that only 6500 showed up, then revised the final count to 7500, citing Fire Chief Charles Werner in a statement distributed by the campaign.


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i love it when republicans are begging the fed government for more money. take out a loan, piyush.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Nope, now there is precedent. When a hurricane hits, the President must respond. If he does not respond instantly and with all the power of the Federal Government, he is an incompetent, uncaring boob who hates people and willfully lets them die.

Now stop being a hypocrite and live by your own rules.

dkmonroe on August 29, 2012 at 5:18 PM

i love it when republicans are begging the fed government for more money. take out a loan, piyush.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Y’mean it is the fed’s money? I didn’t know that. Where did they get it?

a capella on August 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I think the important thing to take away from all this is, reddit killed a guy.

And then obama killed reddit, likely with a drone strike.

justice :usa:

triple on August 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

i love it when republicans are begging the fed government for more money. take out a loan, piyush.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:10 PM

And doesn’t it suck that the feds nationalized flood insurance, so poor people in the inner city are subsidizing beach houses for rich white people?

lorien1973 on August 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Minority view here, I’d guess, but I think Gwen Ifill’s on to something:

@DavidChalian is God’s gift to political journalism. #IStandwithDavid

David Chalian IS God’s gift to political journalism. Nasty vicious racist (what, black people can’t swim?), with your polls at new lows, media, he’s all yours! God’s gift to you!

God has a wicked sense of humor.

de rigueur on August 29, 2012 at 5:20 PM

It’s so nice when the government takes pity on us and gives a few of our tax dollars back, isn’t it? After all, it’s clearly their money.

Kataklysmic on August 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM

it’s “theirs” by law. but those millions could be better spent elsewhere if LA were able to handle a bloody hurricane on its own.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:21 PM

triple on August 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

More likely Valerie pulled the plug when the Lightworker got an unscripted question.

a capella on August 29, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Nero just fiddled.

kingsjester on August 29, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Wrapped up Ogabe real purdy with a bow on top.

Good job, King. Good job.

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 5:22 PM

now get me a slurpee
/WH

burrata on August 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM

which reminds me . . . Is he still repeating that story over and over again on the campaign trail about the car stuck in the ditch and the slurpee? Are we still stuck in the ditch, or did Obama finally get us out of the ditch with his own brute strength (and without the help of the do-nothing Repubs?

DrStock on August 29, 2012 at 5:22 PM

DrStock on August 29, 2012 at 5:22 PM

/
and lest you think otherwise, that should have been sarc tagged.

DrStock on August 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

And doesn’t it suck that the feds nationalized flood insurance, so poor people in the inner city are subsidizing beach houses for rich white people?

lorien1973 on August 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

that’s not the only thing they’re subsidizing.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Blind Melon’ ! Is that you ?

listens2glenn on August 29, 2012 at 4:55 PM
No, I’m not the band Blind Melon; though they did have some nifty tunes here and there.

squint on August 29, 2012 at 4:58

I think they meant Blind Melon Chitlin……

Tenwheeler on August 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

it’s “theirs” by law. but those millions could be better spent elsewhere if LA were able to handle a bloody hurricane on its own.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Yes, the GSA and Solyndra has shown us how that’s done.

a capella on August 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

i love it when republicans are begging the fed government for more money. take out a loan, piyush.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Nope, now there is precedent. When a hurricane hits, the President must respond. If he does not respond instantly and with all the power of the Federal Government, he is an incompetent, uncaring boob who hates people and willfully lets them die.

Now stop being a hypocrite and live by your own rules.

dkmonroe on August 29, 2012 at 5:18 PM

The President did sign the declaration on Monday. The FEMA emergency was declared Sunday.

I’m not sure why Allah left that bit out :)

lexhamfox on August 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Pantload being Pantload…

Seven Percent Solution on August 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Nope, now there is precedent. When a hurricane hits, the President must respond. If he does not respond instantly and with all the power of the Federal Government, he is an incompetent, uncaring boob who hates people and willfully lets them die.

Now stop being a hypocrite and live by your own rules.

dkmonroe on August 29, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Only if he is George W. Bush.

The Lightworker, not so much.

Tenwheeler on August 29, 2012 at 5:25 PM

This is what democracy PANIC looks like!

tom daschle concerned on August 29, 2012 at 5:25 PM

it’s “theirs” by law. but those millions could be better spent elsewhere if LA were able to handle a bloody hurricane on its own.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Just like you wanted them to handle it on their own when Katrina hit I’m sure.

How did it go? – Buuuuuuuushhhhh.

MontanaMmmm on August 29, 2012 at 5:26 PM

lexhamfox on August 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I believe that was for direct funds related to the damage. Jindal is requesting eight million for preparation costs the state has already spent.

a capella on August 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal
@BobbyJindal We are still pushing the federal government to declare a full declaration.
29 Aug 12

Please re-read ALL of the above. The Governor is still pushing the federal government for a full disaster declaration as of 3:00 Eastern. Today.

Fail.

Tenwheeler on August 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

but those millions could be better spent elsewhere if LA were able to handle a bloody hurricane on its own.
the Moochamas would party and vacay with their own bloody money

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:21 PM

You’re welcome !

burrata on August 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Apparently it is not the complete signing needed. Its a GOP state that Obama won’t compete in.

lexhamfox on August 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Zomcon JEM on August 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Romney should a fundraiser for LA for the $8Mill. And then have the RNC give it to LA. It would go along ways to get him elected. He could point to the minorities in LA, and say obama wouldn’t give it, so he decided to.

ConservativePartyNow on August 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

subjects for big applause lines here in Charlottesville: college loans, gay marriage, women’s health care, US troops coming home from Afgh.

Obviously a lot of lesbian veteran college students turned out for the Preezy, demanding unfettered access to federally-funded abortions. What, what?

Marcola on August 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

lexhamfox on August 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I believe that was for direct funds related to the damage. Jindal is requesting eight million for preparation costs the state has already spent.

a capella on August 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

You can look at the declarations at the FEMA website. The declaration Sunday doesn’t cover that but Monday’s does.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Louisiana to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Isaac beginning on August 26, 2012, 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, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Washington.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures limited to direct federal assistance will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

Gerard M. Stolar has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.

Follow FEMA online at blog.fema.gov, http://www.twitter.com/fema,

http://www.facebook.com/fema, and http://www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate’s activities at http://www.twitter.com/craigatfema.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

lexhamfox on August 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM

lexhamfox on August 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I believe that was for direct funds related to the damage. Jindal is requesting eight million for preparation costs the state has already spent.

a capella on August 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Have a look at the FEMA website. I think Monday’s declaration is what Jindal requested.

lexhamfox on August 29, 2012 at 5:34 PM

So,this time its under Hopeys Watch!
_____________________________________

Strengthen the levees in New Orleans

“Will ensure that New Orleans has a levee and pumping system to protect the city against a 100-year storm by 2011, with the ultimate goal of protecting the entire city from a Category 5 storm.”

Sources:
*********

Updates:
Levee and pumping system is functionally complete
Updated: Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
*************************************

Progress is being made on rebuilding levees
Updated: Monday, August 31st, 2009
**********************************

This is actually a two-part promise.

The first part deals with ensuring that New Orleans has a levee and pumping system to protect against a 100-year storm by 2011.

And that part is moving along. The Army Corps of Engineers is more than one-third of the way through construction of an improved levee system to provide 100-year flood protection for New Orleans, and White House officials say the administration is committed to keeping these projects on track to be completed by 2011.

To date, over 220 miles of levees and floodwalls have been repaired and restored to pre-Katrina levels of protection. According to White House officials, the levees and flood walls that were breached during Katrina have been rebuilt to stricter standards and are fortified so that they will withstand a 100-year storm surge.

In addition, storm-surge protection has been installed at Lake Pontchartrain and multiple pump stations have been installed or updated around the perimeter of the city. In addition, some levee armoring has been installed to make the levees more resilient.

Additionally, Congress appropriated $439 million to restore islands along the Mississippi Gulf Coast that serve as the first line of defense against hurricanes.

So we think it’s fair to say that Obama has made progress on this front.

But the jury is out on the second part of this promise, “the ultimate goal of protecting the city from a Category 5 storm.”

Allison Plyer, deputy director, Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, notes that Katrina was more like a 400-year storm. Even with 100-year storm protection, she said, New Orleans would suffer significant flooding if hit with another storm the size of Katrina.

And, she said, “we have seen no progress toward that (protecting the city from a Category 5 storm); we have not seen any federal attention to that issue.”

In an interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune , published on Aug. 23, 2009, Obama said Category 5 storm protection “is still an aspiration.” He said there is an “interagency working group” on the issue.

Since Obama’s promise to protect New Orleans from a Category 5 storm was described as an “ultimate goal,” we think it’s fair to say that was a longer-term goal. Still, we’ll keep an eye on this and assess if lack of progress on the longer-term pledge means the promise has become Stalled. But for now, we think there has been enough progress toward rebuilding and repairing the levee and pumping system to protect against a 100-year storm to rate this one In the Works.

Sources:

Times-Picayune, “‘New Orleans has a unique place in American life, and that’s why it is so important now.’ Analysis,” by Jonathan Tilove and Bruce Alpert, Aug. 23, 2009
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http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/promise/354/strengthen-the-levees-in-new-orleans/

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Watching Wolfman Blitzkrieg on “CNN” as we speak, and he’s desperately trying to make this out as even worse than Katrina.

But so far, he hasn’t uttered those famous Racist words he uttered in 2005, namely

“They are so poor, and they are so Black”

If a Faux News anchor had uttered those exact same words, the Democrats, their Media, and Media Matters would have called for that anchor to be taken out back and shot, but since Wolfie is a Democrat he got a Pass for his On-Air Racism.

F-

Del Dolemonte on August 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Romney should a fundraiser for LA for the $8Mill. And then have the RNC give it to LA. It would go along ways to get him elected. He could point to the minorities in LA, and say obama wouldn’t give it, so he decided to.

ConservativePartyNow on August 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

If Obama as a sitting POTUS refuses to help American people , with taxpayer money , let him be held responsible and accountable for his actions. No one should go clean up his crap. It’s time Hussein learned how to clean his own crap himself.

burrata on August 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Apparently it is not the complete signing needed. Its a GOP state that Obama won’t compete in.

lexhamfox on August 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Zomcon JEM on August 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Again I think the President signed off on the request Monday to augment Sunday’s FEMA declaration. I tried to paste the details from FEMA. It funds 75% of the preparation costs per the law.

lexhamfox on August 29, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Gwen Ifill only crawls out of obama’s ass when she has something stupid to say.

Pork-Chop on August 29, 2012 at 5:37 PM

USGS Scientists Investigate New Orleans Levees Broken by Hurricane Katrina
*******

By Robert Kayen, Brian Collins, and Helen Gibbons
Dec. 2005 / Jan. 2006
in this issue:
**************

The storm surges produced by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005, breached the levees protecting New Orleans in numerous places, flooding approximately 75 percent of the metropolitan area. Most of the levee failures were caused by overtopping, as the storm surge rose over the top of a levee and scoured out the base of the landward embankment or floodwall. Three major and costly breaches appear to have been caused by failure of the soils underlying the levees or failure of the earthen levee embankments themselves; in several places, levee foundations failed when water levels were below the tops of the levees. Transitions between levees of differing heights or materials proved to be weak points in the flood-protection system; a significant number of levee washouts occurred, for example, where the weaker of two adjacent materials was at a lower elevation.

MAP

In the aftermath of the flooding of New Orleans, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requested an external review of the levees’ performance by teams of engineers and scientists sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Various teams worked in New Orleans from September 28 through October 15, 2005—a time chosen by balancing the need to gather ephemeral data against the need to avoid interfering with emergency operations. On numerous occasions, team units arrived and investigated sites only hours before vital information was buried by ongoing emergency repairs.

Two U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists, research civil engineer Robert Kayen and Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow Brian Collins, both of the USGS Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team (WCMG), were asked to join as investigators on the NSF-sponsored team. They were in New Orleans from October 9 to 14, using a ground-based terrestrial laser-mapping system to conduct detailed surveys of the levee breaches. Gathering information about the magnitude and geometry of structural and soil deformation is paramount for analyzing how and why the levees failed.

MAP…IMAGE
(More………)
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http://soundwaves.usgs.gov/2006/01/

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

those millions could be better spent elsewhere if LA were able to handle a bloody hurricane on its own.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Sorry, but the Feds will always have to give LA money, because that’s where the Mississippi River ends. Remember, it is an important National Waterway, and as such is a vital part of American Commerce.

In fact, the Port of South Louisiana is the largest volume shipping port in the Western Hemisphere, and the 9th largest in the world. along with being the largest bulk cargo port on the planet.

D-

Del Dolemonte on August 29, 2012 at 5:41 PM

that’s not the only thing they’re subsidizing.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I agree. Government does have a tendency to screw poor people, while giving stuff to rich people.

So, you know, vote Democrat. Who want to continue it.

lorien1973 on August 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM

how come LA doesn’t have a disaster fund yet?

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

those millions could be better spent elsewhere if LA were able to handle a bloody hurricane on its own.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:21 PM

LA would be able to handle a bloody hurricane if the Federal Government didn’t steal tax dollars from these poor people to subsidize cars for people making over $170,000. Discuss. ;)

lorien1973 on August 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Another Cat0Strophic Hopey/Changey Failure!

If Obama didn’t p*ss away,Stimulus Loot to Bankrupt
Greeny Projects,or Democrat vote buying,New Orleans
could of had,proper levees that he had promised!!

Again,the Super/Duper Progressive Superiorority Mind
of this Administration BOINKED over Louisiana once again!

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

how come LA doesn’t have a disaster fund yet?

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Disband FEMA, you say?

lorien1973 on August 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I agree. Government does have a tendency to screw poor people, while giving stuff to rich people.

So, you know, vote Democrat. Who want to continue it.

lorien1973 on August 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM

i, for one, am making a significant contribution to keep taxes on mitt romney’s income at 13%.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:48 PM

i, for one, am making a significant contribution to keep taxes on mitt romney’s income at 13%.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Doesn’t it suck that the federal government gives tax breaks that only rich people can take advantage of; while the lower classes cannot take advantage?

Vote democrat. So this can continue.

lorien1973 on August 29, 2012 at 5:49 PM

how come LA doesn’t have a disaster fund yet?

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

sesquipdealian:

I’m glad you mentioned that,Obama has allowed the entire
Pacific Coast to be POISONED!
=============================

More than a million gallons of raw sewage from Mexico flowed north Tuesday and forced officials to close San Diego-area beaches – @LANow

17 hours ago by editor

https://twitter.com/LANow

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Disband FEMA, you say?

lorien1973 on August 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

just ban piyush from twitter so he can focus on his responsibilities.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM

just ban piyush from twitter so he can focus on his responsibilities.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM

And ban Barry from reddit so he can focus on his.

Oh wait. Campaigning is his job. Sorry.

lorien1973 on August 29, 2012 at 5:52 PM

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:21 PM

You really are an ass. You field the same old partisan bunk that others do here.

lexhamfox on August 29, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Disband FEMA, you say?

lorien1973 on August 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

lorein1973:I bet all that loot(FEMA) is being funnelled into a Union
trough,to fatten up Democrats!!

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 5:53 PM

how come LA doesn’t have a disaster fund yet?

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

How come you don’t have a health care fund yet and expect the rest of us to cover the tab for it?

How come you don’t have a retirement fund yet and expect the rest of us to cover the tab for it?

Safety Net says what?

Love it when you progressive children get giddy when you think you have caught us in double standard and we turn around and bury you with it.

ClassicCon on August 29, 2012 at 5:54 PM

just ban piyush from twitter so he can focus on his responsibilities.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Is that you Nagin ?
How is that “chocolate city” doing ?

burrata on August 29, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Doesn’t it suck that the federal government gives tax breaks that only rich people can take advantage of; while the lower classes cannot take advantage?

Vote democrat. So this can continue.

lorien1973 on August 29, 2012 at 5:49 PM

i prefer to give tax breaks to those who need it.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:54 PM

i prefer to give tax breaks to those who need it.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Too bad the federal government is too busy giving breaks to people who don’t. And give billions to companies who go bankrupt, then enrich that 1% even more.

Vote democrat, so this continues.

lorien1973 on August 29, 2012 at 5:56 PM

i prefer to give tax breaks to those who need it.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:54 PM

“need” is so capricious. how “fair” of you.

tom daschle concerned on August 29, 2012 at 5:56 PM

The reddit poster seem pretty concerned about SOPA and Gitmo and a lot of other broken promises, Obama’s not fooling all of them.

batterup on August 29, 2012 at 5:56 PM

i prefer to give tax breaks to those who need it.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Child…it should never be your decision what someone else does with the money they earn. Such a cute little insecure fascist. You do realize that the federal government does not hand out the money but confiscates from the private sector?

ClassicCon on August 29, 2012 at 5:57 PM

How come you don’t have a health care fund yet and expect the rest of us to cover the tab for it?

How come you don’t have a retirement fund yet and expect the rest of us to cover the tab for it?

Love it when you progressive children get giddy when you think you have caught us in double standard and we turn around and bury you with it.

ClassicCon on August 29, 2012 at 5:54 PM

1 – you don’t know me. 2 – we have both a healthcare fund and a retirement fund, and they’re called medicare and social security.

bury me more, pops.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

I have a product that is not economically viable on the market. I scrounge together a few million to donate to a democrat politician. Democrat politician uses taxpayer money to subsidize my product that is doomed to failure.

My product fails at the expense of millions of dollars.

Rinse repeat.

Keep voting democrat!

tom daschle concerned on August 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

those millions could be better spent elsewhere if LA were able to handle a bloody hurricane on its own.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Hahaha, like where would they be better spend? Building the obama’s styrofoam podium, background pyramids for his upcoming convention, or where exactly :)… buying votes for 0 maybe :)…that’s an idea …or paying back special interests and 0′s bundlers for their effort :)..I heard Corzine is a little cash strapped teșe days, he ad to gove back some to those whom he swindled and not much left there for himself….or maybe give more to the solyndras out there :)…..any suggestions??? :)….come on, help us here a little :)…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 5:59 PM

i prefer to give tax breaks to those who need it.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Like who ?
Those who don’t pay any taxes or those who get tax refunds ? Illegals ? Who ??

burrata on August 29, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Obama now doing a reddit AMA for the last hour…their servers are slowing down from the attention.

JetBoy on August 29, 2012 at 6:01 PM

1 – you don’t know me. 2 – we have both a healthcare fund and a retirement fund, and they’re called medicare and social security.

bury me more, pops.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

1 – Yeah, I know you. You are not that complicated. Another progressive child too embarrassed to simply say I don’t want to pay for my own sh1t, so I will manufacture victim groups who I can hide behind while in the collection line.

2 – I have funds outside of your gubment mandated funds. Sucks that you can’t be enough of a man to pay your own way.

On goes another pile…

ClassicCon on August 29, 2012 at 6:01 PM

1 – you don’t know me. 2 – we have both a healthcare fund and a retirement fund, and they’re called medicare and social security.

bury me more, pops.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

You’re considering social security as your retirement fund? You expect medicare to provide you a sufficient level of healthcare when you’re old?

Reality based community indeed.

gwelf on August 29, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Pantload being Pantload…

Seven Percent Solution on August 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

…he’s been concentrating on the college campus crowd to try and fill their’s too!

KOOLAID2 on August 29, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Child…it should never be your decision what someone else does with the money they earn. Such a cute little insecure fascist. You do realize that the federal government does not hand out the money but confiscates from the private sector?

ClassicCon on August 29, 2012 at 5:57 PM

we have taxes for a reason, pops. and don’t call the founders fascists, senility’s not an excuse.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Those who don’t pay any taxes or those who get tax refunds ?

burrata on August 29, 2012 at 5:59 PM

everybody pays taxes, moron.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 6:08 PM

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Photo: President Obama answering questions on Reddit – @Jrpsaki

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canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Obama now doing a reddit AMA for the last hour…their servers are slowing down from the attention.

JetBoy on August 29, 2012 at 6:01 PM

OMG, what an achievement ! It is a BFD , no one has ever done it …evah :P
Can Obama get a Nobel Prize for that ? How about an Oscar ? A Grammy ? Some Military Medal thingy ? Order of the British Empire ?
Something ?

burrata on August 29, 2012 at 6:10 PM

so a gop convention is bad during a hurricane and a obama campaign stop is good times….

PATHETIC

I wish the gop talking heads would pounce on this…

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 6:11 PM

everybody pays taxes, moron.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Really ?
Like paying sales taxes on stuff people buy using welfare checks and EBT cards ?

burrata on August 29, 2012 at 6:11 PM

everybody pays taxes, moron.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Well, bless your heart.

22044 on August 29, 2012 at 6:12 PM

everybody pays taxes, moron.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 6:08 PM

You’re a laugh riot !

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Like paying sales taxes on stuff people buy using welfare checks and EBT cards ?

burrata on August 29, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Welfare is taxed by the IRS. I think depending on the type the rate is between 12 and 16 percent.

lexhamfox on August 29, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Exit quotation from fair and balanced media star Gwen Ifill:

hypocrite…cripe…

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 6:16 PM

everybody pays taxes, moron.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 6:08 PM

At least you’re not one of ours.

wolfsDad on August 29, 2012 at 6:17 PM

infuriating the double standard that is on display

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 6:17 PM

i love it when republicans are begging the fed government for more money. take out a loan, piyush.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:10 PM

You used his given name. You’re a racist.

CycloneCDB on August 29, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Welfare is taxed by the IRS. I think depending on the type the rate is between 12 and 16 percent.

lexhamfox on August 29, 2012 at 6:16 PM

So basically welfare recipients get lesser amount of …..welfare ?

burrata on August 29, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Pantload being Pantload…

Seven Percent Solution on August 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

…he’s been concentrating on the college campus crowd to try and fill their’s too!

KOOLAID2 on August 29, 2012 at 6:04 PM

KOOLAIDS:….Dudes,I feel like were in a Brain Dead Zone(sarc):)

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo,um,this is the Warm-Up Act before the Convention!
(snark)

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 6:21 PM

You used his given name. You’re a racist.

CycloneCDB on August 29, 2012 at 6:18 PM

excellent riposte!

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 6:23 PM

So basically welfare recipients get lesser amount of …..welfare ?

burrata on August 29, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Seemed odd to me when I first heard about it but a friend on unemployment benefit asked me for a loan because he could not afford the lump sum when it came due. I didn’t believe him and asked my tax guy and it is true… Turns out on the forms I think you have the option of having the deduction made from the gov’t chk. If you are stretched to afford basics I would imagine many take the full amount and worry about the taxes later.

lexhamfox on August 29, 2012 at 6:24 PM

everybody pays taxes, moron.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 6:08 PM

http://www.forbes.com/sites/beltway/2011/07/27/why-do-some-people-pay-no-federal-income-tax/

Del Dolemonte on August 29, 2012 at 6:25 PM

i love it when republicans are begging the fed government for more money. take out a loan, piyush.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I ‘love’ it too too when you and people like you get tax returns from the fed govt….take out a loan, polysyllabic one :)

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Del Dolemonte on August 29, 2012 at 6:25 PM

thanks for the link, very interesting!

i’m hesitant to ask, but you do know that there are other taxes other than income tax, right? i mean, it’s in the article you linked.

Commentators have often misinterpreted that [46] percentage as indicating that nearly half of Americans pay no taxes. In fact, however, many of those who don’t pay income tax do pay other taxes—federal payroll and excise taxes as well as state and local income, sales, and property taxes.

It’s also important to recognize that while tax expenditures push many people off the income tax rolls, they provide much larger benefits to higher-income households than to others, measured both in dollar value and as a share of income (see these TPC studies). Rather than focusing on how relatively modest tax breaks make many of the elderly and low-income workers with children nontaxable, we should keep in mind that high-income households pay a lot less tax than they would without tax expenditures.

how would you grade yourself?

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 6:30 PM

If you are stretched to afford basics I would imagine many take the full amount and worry about the taxes later.

lexhamfox on August 29, 2012 at 6:24 PM

And the government believes them ?
Those who are on welfare already will somehow magically be able to pay back what they owe ?

burrata on August 29, 2012 at 6:36 PM

he answered a whopping 10 questions on reddit. some hard hitting questions and answers too, like what his fav basketball team is and what the white house beer recipe is and what he does in his spare time. well, we know what he does in his spare time…

kastor on August 29, 2012 at 6:37 PM

how would you grade yourself?

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I’m going to go with a solid B+.

Washington Nearsider on August 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Ch’ville is extremely liberal. He’s trying to get votes from people that are going to vote for him anyway. I totally do not understand the Ch’ville visit.

ButterflyDragon on August 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

And the government believes them ?
Those who are on welfare already will somehow magically be able to pay back what they owe ?

burrata on August 29, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Not sure what you are asking. The guy I gave the loan to looked into the fed payment plan at my suggestion. The IRS treats all payable taxes the same. He was better off getting a personal loan from me and paying the full amount.

lexhamfox on August 29, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Didn’t we hear that levees were overflowed by water in Plaquemines Parish? In the 2000 Census, that Parish had a population that was nearly 70% white and 23% African-American.

But Obama keeps campaigning. Does that mean he doesn’t care about white people? Why doesn’t he travel to Louisiana, take back the wand he lent to Moses in Egypt, and stop the seas from rising, like he promised in 2008?

Or is that Bobby Jindal’s job? I seem to remember in 2010 when Jindal wanted to build a sandbar between barrier islands to protect Louisiana wetlands from the BP oil spill, Obama’s EPA wouldn’t even let Jindal pound sand! If it had been built, that sandbar might have held back some of the storm surge during the hurricane…

Steve Z on August 29, 2012 at 6:50 PM

I’m going to go with a solid B+.

Washington Nearsider on August 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

i’ll go ahead and give him the A – he carried out his fail in spectacular fashion.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Meanwhile…

I took a screencap, for posterity (and in case they change it).

Ugly on August 29, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Steve Z on August 29, 2012 at 6:50 PM

There are federal and state managed levees in the area. So far the problems are with the state levees which haven’t received the attention or funding the federal ones have. I seriously doubt that it is Jindal’s fault. It’s a huge and expensive engineering project which takes years and lots of money. Als, if a levee is topped then pumps take over so it does not necessarily follow that topped levees result in the kind of destruction that failed levees cause.

lexhamfox on August 29, 2012 at 6:59 PM

There’s already a rumor out there that O will go to NOLA tomorrow for a photo op to step on Mitt’s speech.

Chomsky Dance Recital on August 29, 2012 at 7:03 PM

i’m hesitant to ask, but you do know that there are other taxes other than income tax, right? i mean, it’s in the article you linked.
 

Commentators have often misinterpreted that [46] percentage as indicating that nearly half of Americans pay no taxes. In fact, however, many of those who don’t pay income tax do pay other taxes—federal payroll and excise taxes as well as state and local income, sales, and property taxes…

 
sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 6:30 PM

 
Merely filing tax documents =/= “paying taxes”.
 
Paying taxes means you have a tax liability.

rogerb on August 29, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Lets recap Katrina:

GW Bush declared a national disaster 3 days BEFORE Katrina hit NOLA.
GW Bush ordered evacuations 2 days BEFORE NOLA WAS HIT BY KATRINA

The DEMOCRAT Mary Landreeau and DEMOCRAT mayor REFUSED FEMA help in order to politicize the levy breaches 2 days later.

500 buses were ready to use and the Mayor did to act.
Dmocrats were heard to politicize these events, the flooding of the Mississippi River a year prior, to hurt GW Bush.

How does Bush get blamed or democrat inaction?

dthorny on August 29, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Paying taxes means you have a tax liability.

rogerb on August 29, 2012 at 7:14 PM

every time you purchase something, for example.

how about the second part, though?

It’s also important to recognize that while tax expenditures push many people off the income tax rolls, they provide much larger benefits to higher-income households than to others, measured both in dollar value and as a share of income (see these TPC studies). Rather than focusing on how relatively modest tax breaks make many of the elderly and low-income workers with children nontaxable, we should keep in mind that high-income households pay a lot less tax than they would without tax expenditures.

m.i.

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Chomsky Dance Recital on August 29, 2012 at 7:03 PM

now that i believe…

the lsm will go gaga over that…

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Rand Paul is throwing some good red meat on the grill.

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM

how come LA doesn’t have a disaster fund yet?

sesquipedalian on August 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Do you like driving your car?

How about we Louisianans vote to slap a state surtax on everything you use that comes through our ports, since you depend on us to live your lifestyle and don’t care how the oil and gas you use affects our enviroment.

Selfish azz.

cane_loader on August 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

yes he is faraway

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM

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