Having lived through the worst hurricane to hit my state in more than a century, I feel qualified to make a few statements on things which are happening in the world around you and me. Let me start by stating that as bad as things were in Howell Township Fire District #2, they were considerably worse in the northern part of our state.
Those poor folks up in Essex, Passaic, Morris, Bergen, and Hudson counties got smacked hard by the flooding rivers. As I am writing this piece, there are still many places without power. As a matter of fact, there are people in my neck of the woods who are still without power. Things have changed, and not for the better. As we in New Jersey wait for federal assistance, forces are at work whose actions seemingly want to deny my state, and many others, the needed funds to rebuild. Now folks, it is time for the view of things from my front porch.
Before talking about the storm and its impact on my community, I want you to think about the dumb-assed politicians who have held our governmental infrastructure hostage at every level from the local, to the county, to the state and then on up to the federal level. For these ethically-challenged and brain-dead mutants, it is all about dollars. It is all about cut, cut, cut. These are the folks who have preached the mantra of doing more with less. Guess what. If you spend less, you are bound to get less.
Yes, my friends, I am speaking about the same federal government that is nickel and dime-ing you and me to death. The same government which has not given my mother a social security increase in two years and has failed to do the same thing for my fellow military retires and me. This is also the same idiot government which seems unable to account for 60 billion dollars in aid money to Iraq and Afghanistan. How in the hell do you misplace 60 billion dollars? Having said that so much money was misplaced by thieving contractors and incompetent bureaucrats, how can this same government now wish to start playing budget games with people who desperately need help?
These are the same folks who want to hold up our federal disaster relief while they look for cuts in other parts of the federal budget. Give me a break. How in the heck can these myopic morons fiddle around in Washington while the citizens on the East Coast are watching their way of life float away? Government comes at a cost. That is an ancient axiom of life. I am thinking that maybe if we weren't so busy conducting a world-wide butt foreign aid smooching festival with the money you and I send to Washington, we could do more for the people who really need help.
You know who I am talking about. These are the folks whose homes were blown away in the Midwest, burned to the ground in Oklahoma, Texas, and a variety of other places and are floating away all up and down the Northeast corridor. Wake up Washington. Charity begins at home and many of us really need for the federal government to stop playing politics, get off their collective kiesters and do what they were elected to do.
If Congressman Eric Cantor, and those of his political viewpoint, would take the time to gaze out at the real world outside of his ivy-covered tower window, get off of his penurious pathway, and take a look at what the real Americans want, we would be much better off. This man is one of the leading advocates for gutting the budgets of FEMA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other federal agencies who are really getting the job done.
How much different would things have been in the absence of the many predictions and course change corrections from the federal weather folks that allowed our emergency managers to evacuate the danger areas? Where is this man's mind when it comes to the real world in which you and I work and live our daily lives?
However, the actions of our politicians during this time of domestic turmoil tell the true tale. They really do not care about you and me. We are just numbers on a page, and small ones at that. They only care about gaining power and perpetuating their pernicious political positions. Me, I could care less about these pieces of political cow plops.