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Teabag Mentality:

The Virginia Tea Party described the study on its website as -- quote -- "more wasted tax dollars for more ridiculous studies designed to separate us from our money and control all land and water use."

And many of us, especially if older, more years observing and listening too, know full well these are the same types, especially if well off economically, that yell the loudest in condemnation when something happens or needs to be done, by any Government entity, and isn't extremely quickly while also attacking the public servants and any others working hard to do so!

AIR DATE: Dec. 6, 2012 - Battleground Dispatches: Norfolk Readies for Future Storms, Sea Level Rise


When Hurricane Sandy hit a week before Election Day, it helped surface the issue of rising sea levels and resulting vulnerability of coastal cities to flooding. In conjunction with WHRO, Mike Melia travels to Norfolk, Va., where the mayor must decide whether or not to rebuild parts of the city that may be unlivable in 15 years.

MIKE MELIA: When residents of this port city wake up, even if there wasn't a storm that night, they regularly find some streets flooded simply from high tides.

It is a far cry from the storm surges brought by Sandy further up the coast, but that superstorm, which hit the week before Election Day, brought to the surface the issue of rising sea levels, the vulnerability of coastal cities and what can be done to protect them.

In national exit polls, 64 percent of voters said that President Obama's response to the hurricane was a factor in their decision. Transcript>>>

Watch Norfolk Readies for Future Storms, Sea Level Rise on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, TexDem, Overseas, US Blues, oortdust

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:33:58 AM PST

  •  Not Related to Issues Above (4+ / 0-)
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    ybruti, US Blues, LI Mike, marsanges

    But another very important discussion on another very important issue also right now being attacked by the teabag mentality especially in congress. And well I got this up so maybe a few will want to catch this also from last night if missed.

    AIR DATE: Dec. 6, 2012 - An Argument Against Seeking Fiscal Fix in Cuts to Medicare and Social Security

    Republicans have proposed changes to so-called entitlements such as social security and Medicare to reduce the U.S. deficit. But Max Richtman of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare says these aren't entitlements, but earned benefits. He tells Judy Woodruff why these programs shouldn't be changed. Transcript>>>

    Watch An Argument Against Cuts to Medicare and Social Security on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

    In the discussion Max Richtman hit Judy Woodruff with this:
    MAX RICHTMAN: Well, before I answer that, I was very interested in the way you characterized these programs as entitlements, so-called, you said, entitlements.

    And we think that a better term would be earned benefits.

    You know, I counted the letters in the word entitlement. There are 11 letters. But often people refer to entitlement as a four-letter word. And it's a derogatory, derisive characterization.

    These are earned benefits. People pay for them while they're working, Social Security, Part A Medicare, the hospital part, 25 percent of the premium for Part B. So they're -- I wish we would switch from entitlements to earned benefits, first of all.

    But to answer your question, Social Security has not added a penny to the federal debt, to the deficits every year. It has a surplus. It has a surplus of $2.7 trillion.

    So why are we in such a rush to change a program that has not -- doesn't have -- is not bankrupt, has a surplus, has 22 years of solvency before it does have a problem, a serious problem, and has not contributed to the federal debt?

    Then when Woodruff brings up her discussion with Sen. Corker, another segment, on that there 'fiscal cliff' Richtman comes back with this:
    MAX RICHTMAN: Well, you know, Sen. Corker doesn't have to accept those benefits. I have talked to -- I hear that all the time: I don't need Social Security. I have my own resources.

    Sometimes, the people that say that to me are getting Social Security. You don't get Social Security automatically. You have to go down to the office -- Social Security office and apply.

    What I tell them, if you feel that strongly about it, you don't need it, there's a form -- it's on the Social Security Web site -- that you can fill out and you won't get your benefits.

    Twas another good discussion with the points made!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:01:10 AM PST

  •  Here's a solution (3+ / 0-)
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    US Blues, LI Mike, jimstaro

    that should appeal to both environmental regulators and "teabaggers" . . . simply "red zone" vulnerable areas for no emergency or "disaster relief" funding.  Might as well forego road repair and other city services too.  If you choose to live there you're on your own, either self insured or "in the good hands of" whatever insurance company will write the risk.

    Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

    by Deward Hastings on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:57:08 AM PST

    •  Been Sayin Similar (0+ / 0-)

      For years, especially as to those who have the means to keep wanting to live closer and closer to a waters edge, but also other area's, and when storm damaging natural disasters etc. strike they start instantly screaming about how slow everyone is in reaction when they themselves haven't a clue as to how hard that work really is and the lacking ability, especially in recent decades, and numbers of the trades workers etc. needed to perform same and need the experienced skills to get it down as quick as possible with the expected lasting quality!!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 07:38:29 AM PST

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