At the last moments of the 112th Congress just after New Year's, John Boehner pulled from the agenda the $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill that had already passed the Senate. As a result, the bill died, and will have to be re-introduced in the new Congress.
All of New York and New Jersey are officially outraged that Congress did not pass this bill. This proves once again that I am just a contrarian. The Congress should definitely not pass this bill or anything like it. My view is based not only on the fact that this bill is ridiculously overpriced and larded with pork, but more importantly on the fact that such spending by Congress is a bad idea in general and a huge disadvantage to New York and New Jersey in particular. Am I the only one who can see why this is so?
First, let's have a review of official establishment New York/New Jersey opinion on the bill. We'll start with the New York Times on December 28:
[T]he Northeast [must] get the $60.4 billion in aid it needs to recover from Hurricane Sandy. . . . Responding to and preparing for natural disasters is one of government’s most important functions. Each time a huge storm hits, lawmakers should provide immediate relief without having to worry about . . . House members putting ideology before common-sense preparation.
That's actually temperate compared to this from the Daily News on January 3:
House Speaker John Boehner will evermore bear the degrading stain of a dishonorable man unless on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, Congress passes the full $60 billion superstorm Sandy relief bill. . . . No one so small, so petty, so duplicitous and, worst of all, so callously and cavalierly ready to tell Americans in dire need to go to hell has a rightful place at the highest reaches of the government.