Mike Ferguson, who has spent a career blowing smoke up the asses of his district’s flooding victims, does it again.
Does that sound harsh? Well, it should sound harsh after the load of bullshit he just dropped on his constituents.
Here’s Michael Ferguson’s comment after the House passed a funding bill back in early May:
Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-7th Dist.) said he hopes the $10 million represents “a floor” for fiscal 2008 funding. But with action in the House of Representatives uncertain, it may be up to the U.S. Senate to add money, he said. ?
Prodded by Congress, President Bush has proposed $10 million for flood control in the Green Brook Basin, which includes Bound Brook. But Corps and local officials said roughly $30 million is needed to complete a mile of flood barriers along the Raritan River, which again inundated the downtown during the April 15 nor’easter.
So $10 million dollars is the “floor” for Mike Ferguson’s hopes. The “floor.” That means a low number that we can build on. And, just as a useless aside, the entire flood control project is estimated to cost $430 million, making the $10 million even smaller.
So what are we getting in flood control money for the Green Brook and Raritan Valley? FIVE POINT TWO MILLION DOLLARS
Well, a good representative of a district would be outraged. We throw a couple hundred million to useless bridges in Alaska and we’re getting our flood money cut in half from the paltry crap we were offered in the first place? A proper House member would stand up on the floor and decry the injustice, slam the crap out of the committee that put together this travesty, demand that the people who have been hit by outrageous flooding three times in eleven years are given the satisfaction and funding they deserve.
Of course, Mike Ferguson is not a good representative. In fact, he is a backbencher who cares more about keeping his job than making waves for his district. That’s why his response to seeing a too-small appropriation cut in half was this:
“These emergency funds will provide a significant financial boost to help the Army Corps accelerate efforts to complete the Bound Brook portion of the project,” said Congressman Michael Ferguson (R-New Providence). “We saw once again last month what the impact is without complete Bound Brook flood projection, and I will continue to use every option available to make sure the project is completed and the residents are protected as soon as possible.”
A significant boost? A significant boost? To where? Through a hole in the “floor” into the fricking flooded basement of the hundreds of people who were displaced by the storm earlier this month?
Ten million dollars was the floor on May 2, and now five million dollars is a boost.
Thanks, Mike. From all the people who still can’t open their businesses or get into their homes.
Thanks for nothing.