BY MICHAEL HAYNE
Even as New Jersey still suffers from extensive damage following Superstorm Sandy, Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) is choosing to appease the deranged and demented fiscal terrorists of the Republican party in denying $60 million in federal aid meant to help out his very own Jerseyians. Well, it's pretty obvious that this pretend human being represents the northwestern part of New Jersey's 5th district since he would be the first one screaming for Obama's help since the GOP love big government aid when it suits them.
Perhaps residents of Barnegat, Belmar and Union Beach can invite Garret to stay in their homes that are now rubble as a result of Sandy's impact and they can stay can all stay in Garret's unaffected home. Or maybe Garret might want to take a ride on Seaside's Star Jet roller-coaster, but he may want to bring a snorkel since the famed thrill ride is submerged in the freaking Atlantic Ocean. On second thought, don't bring a snorkel.
Sandy’s monstrous damage to the New Jersey shoreline is told to cost N.J. around $29.4 billion. Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), who derided and chaffed at the teabagger wing (the only wing) of the Republican Party and worked closely with President Obama, said the proposed $60.4 million in federal aid would cover the state’s damages. But during an appearance on CSNBC with host and fellow NJ resident, Jim Cramer, Rep. Garret was calling the estimated aid "wasteful spending".
CRAMER: Our state has been hit by a storm that may be worse than Hurricane Andrew. It requires spending. Do you veto that spending on principle?
GARRETT: At this point in time, we just got the president’s proposal as to the 60 some odd billion dollars. The governor said they’re looking for more. [...] I think in those numbers, I think it’s appropriate for Congress to look at them, and to also look for what I was asking for, that we never got with Katrina, and that was some degree of accountability. You remember all the stories about the FEMA trailers, about the credit, debit cards, whatever they were at that time, given out to people across the country, even if they were not in those areas. I think the American public wants to make sure there is a level of accountability going into this sort of thing. But you raise a good point, we’re at $239 billion in deficit, I think in the first couple months of this year and they’re talking about adding $60 billion on top of that.
CRAMER: I’m trying to figure out what kind of spending is good and what kind of spending is bad. [...] But if New Jersey doesn’t get that spending, even if it’s a little bit wasteful for heaven’s sakes, we’re really going to be hurt.
GARRETT: One person’s stimulus is another person’s wasteful spending. (Source: Think Progress)
Garret is actually wrong. One person's fiscal freedom fighter is another person's fiscal terrorist. As far as accountability, you're accountable to your constituents, not Grover Norquist.
Michael Hayne is a comedian/VO artist/Columnist who co-wrote an award-nominated comedy, wrote for NY Times Laugh Lines, guest-blogged for Joe Biden, and writes a column for MSNBC.com affiliated Cagle Media. Follow him on Twitterand Facebook.