Obama Rejects Disaster Relief Funds for Florida as Political Payback

No one is more petty and partisan than our President. Remember Hurricane Isaac right before the Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida that was so fierce the media said Republicans should consider cancelling the Convention?  Well disaster relief funds are being denied to the state as political payback because Governor Rick Scott rejected wasteful “stimulus” funds early in his term.  I guess Team Obama’s internal polling is saying Florida is out of reach because this type of payback is both juvenile and politically stupid:

Time after time since taking office, Gov. Rick Scott has boasted of rejecting billions of dollars from the federal government. Now, Washington has turned the tables, shutting down Scott’s plea for financial aid in a move that almost instantly took on political tones. The Federal Emergency Management Agency refused Scott’s request for a presidential declaration of disaster for damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaac, declining to provide $26.9 million in aid to hard-hit counties. Scott moved this week to appeal the decision, but not before the issue was cast in a political light, highlighting Florida’s importance in the presidential election and the rocky relationship between Washington and the Sunshine State.

“Today, I asked the Division of Emergency Management to appeal the denial to ensure Florida communities have the full capability to recover from Isaac’s damage,” Scott wrote to FEMA’s director, Craig Fugate, this week. The letter states that the cost of damage to Monroe, Broward, Palm Beach, Collier, Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Franklin and Martin counties is actually about $10 million worse than originally thought, at about $36.6 million.

Scott originally wrote to Obama and Fugate to request aid about two weeks after Isaac — which became a hurricane days after sideswiping Florida — caused flooding in Palm Beach County and the Panhandle. Fugate, who served as director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management from 2001-09, responded this week to let Scott know his request had been denied. Fugate’s letter stated that the damage was not severe enough to require federal aid, and basically argued that Florida could handle the costs on its own. The rejection is the latest dust-up in a tenuous relationship between Scott and the federal government, even as Florida stands as a key swing state crucial to the outcome of the presidential election.

FEMA did provide disaster aid for Louisiana and Mississippi, which had significant flooding after Isaac. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal objected that the approved funding was not sufficient. On Friday, FEMA announced that it had approved a disaster declaration for Alabama, which also was hit by Isaac.

It’s the second time since June that FEMA has turned down Scott’s request for aid. After heavy rains caused flooding in the Florida Panhandle in early June, Scott wrote letters to FEMA and Obama requesting federal intervention.

Barack Obama: the competence of Carter with the ethics of Nixon.


  1. cliftonchr
    Posted September 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I think it’s just another example of his arrogance.

  2. AussieMarcus
    Posted September 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Permalink | Reply

    OT but did you see the report where Democrats are now telling reporters to ignore the national polls? They must know there are some good polls for Romney coming up.

    They also basically admitted the race was tied and not an Obama blowout like the D+gazillion polls were suggesting….

  3. Bling-bling-money-girl-time
    Posted September 22, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Dare I say, he could not do more harm to the United States than if he were a paid Soviet agent.

  4. IGotBupkis, Legally Defined Cyberbully in All 57 States
    Posted September 23, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink | Reply

    BTW, if any of you doubt how much rain Northern Florida got in late June, here are some photos of a town called Live Oak, basically very near the “armpit” of Florida.


    I believe the statistic was something like 18″ of rain in less than 24 hours, close to if not THE record.

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