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Millions in FEMA Funding Was Diverted to ICE: Reason Roundup

Plus: How social media has "socialized speech" and Libertarians struggle for inclusion in state debates.

Chris Kleponis/ZUMA Press/NewscomChris Kleponis/ZUMA Press/NewscomWhere the Department of Homeland Security puts its resources. Money marked for lifesaving use during natural disasters was shifted by the Trump administration to people tasked with rounding up and detaining undocumented immigrants.

Nearly $10 million was diverted from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) budget and instead given to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—a move that seems especially sociopathic in light of Trump's terrible treatment of post-hurricane Puerto Rico, and that is being reported just as a Category 4 storm is slated to hit the Carolinas.

The money transfer was revealed by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Tuesday night's Rachel Maddow Show. The senator's office "provided the 39-page budget document independently to The Washington Post," the paper reports. More:

It shows that DHS requested that about $9.8 million going toward FEMA efforts such as "Preparedness and Protection" and "Response and Recovery" be funneled instead into ICE coffers, specifically underwriting "Detention Beds" and the agency's "Transportation and Removal Program." The U.S. Secret Service was also a beneficiary of the reallocation.

A statement from Merkley complained that the government would transfer these resources just "to implement their profoundly misguided 'zero-tolerance' policy" on immigration.

Meanwhile, Texas residents rocked by Hurricane Harvey last year are still struggling. People in Puerto Rico—where approximately 3,000 were killed during last year's Hurricane Maria—are still struggling. But Trump said on Tuesday that his team did an "incredibly successful" job dealing with the Puerto Rico storm.

A FEMA spokesperson said the money transferred to ICE hadn't been specifically designated for hurricane relief anyway.

"Anyone who knows FEMA knows it's parsing words," Moira Whelan, a former Homeland Security official, told the Post.

FREE MINDS

"Social media has, in effect, socialized speech." In a new New York Times op-ed, Reason's Peter Suderman warns that these days, "speech is often perceived not as an individual right, but as a public act, in which words and ideas are not your own, but a contribution to the collective." This has increased calls from across the ideological spectrum for more intense regulation of social platforms. Read the whole thing here.

FREE MARKETS

Miami Beach may make unlicensed Airbnb hosts pay. Initially, Mayor Dan Gelber suggested criminal penalties for hosts who don't have the proper city permit. "Gelber's office has now revised its proposal and slightly backed off plans to criminalize Airbnb hosts," Miami New Times reports.

"The mayor now proposes issuing $1,000 and $3,000 fines before filing criminal charges as a third strike. But charges could still rack up quickly, as the city would consider each day operating without a license as a separate, "new" offense.

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  • In a new poll, 71 percent of respondents say they want Roe v. Wade left alone.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Money marked for lifesaving use during natural disasters was shifted by the Trump administration to people tasked with rounding up and detaining undocumented immigrants.

    To get them out of the hurricane's path! Right?

  • Don't look at me.||

    Did them a favor.

  • Just Say'n||

    FEMA is so important- hey I believe in small government or something

  • Brian||

    You need humanitarian resources when you create a humanitarian crisis.

  • Juan Soto||

    "undocumented immigrants."

    Everything I've seen says it was used for policing illegal aliens.

  • Longtobefree||

    The proper term is "criminal border crossers"

  • Bee Tagger||

    Arizona's attorney general is investigating Google.

    wasting time searching stuff on google just got a whole lot more formal sounding

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Google keeps autofilling "Ask Jeeves"

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Libertarian Party candidates in Arizona, in Ohio, and in Texas are struggling to be included in official debates and on November ballots.

    Have they tried promising to strip to their underwear at the podiums?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    A crowdfunding campaign threatens the Senator on Kavanaugh.
    Another pressure tactic, one Ms. Collins says she finds "incredibly offensive," is "the out-of-state voicemails being left on the answering machines of my state offices." Many of the messages are profane. "In one case—and we are going to turn this over to the police, but unfortunately, of course, the person didn't leave a name or number—but they actually threatened to rape one of my young female staffers."

    Bloomberg: The stabbing of far-right candidate Bolsonaro in Brazil could bring civility to an election race dominated by conflict

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Police: Knife-Wielding Man Farzad Fazeli Attacked Republican Candidate While on Anti-Trump Rant
    Rudy Peters, the Republican nominee for California's heavily Democratic 15th Congressional District, set up a booth at this weekend's Castro Valley Fall Festival. According to an Alameda County Sheriff's Office press release published Tuesday, Fazeli "approached" Peters "in an aggressive manner and made disparaging remarks" at around 3:45 that afternoon. A later report by a local CBS affiliate indicates witnesses said Fazeli's rant was "profanity-laced."

    Fazeli then, according to the sheriff's office, produced an illegal switchblade and tried to stab Peters. The knife failed to open and, after a struggle with the candidate, Fazeli fled, only to be arrested shortly thereafter on charges of "felony assault, criminal threats, brandishing a weapon and possession of a switchblade knife."

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Go Rudy Peters defending himself!

    He would get my vote for fighting off that would-be assassin.

  • Longtobefree||

    Of course, the constitutional response of shooting the assailant, is not allowed in California.
    Notice how the police responded in just minutes.

  • A Thinking Mind||

    I'm gonna put a pin in this and revisit it in a couple weeks or a month. There have been plenty of false-flag attacks by progressives, so why wouldn't a conservative potentially utilize that? Oh, wow, look, miraculously he's completely unharmed.

    This is one of those cases where it sets off alarm bells because it too strongly confirms what I'm willing to believe.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    'Threats of Rape and Strangling' Force D.C. McAllister Into Hiding After Anti-Abortion Tweet
    But the real danger came from elsewhere. McAllister told PJ Media that she received death and rape threats, over multiple forms of private communication.

    "They are threats outside of Twitter, stating they know where I live," McAllister said. "Threats of rape and strangling. I spoke to the police. I am on home watch."

    "My children are very frightened," she added.

    On Sunday, she went public about the threats. "I am facing legit death & rape threats because I have dared to call out women who are hysterical about abortion and to challenge them to be responsible and not to elevate sex to the point that they're willing to kill human life to avoid their responsibilities. How sick is that?" McAllister tweeted.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Democratic Socialist Threatens To Shoot Up MAGA Event At Trump Hotel, Report Says
    "I am coming with a gun and i expect to get numerous bloodstained MAGA hats as trophies," the Twitter account wrote to right-wing pundit Cassandra Fairbanks.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Does it seem impressive to anyone else that in a country with allegedly 50+% racists, gun addiction, psychos growing on trees, there was never an attempted snuffing of the first black President over 8 full years?

  • Jerryskids||

    No, in order to be impressed about that fact you'd have to think about it. The Left is quite content to go on living their paranoid fantasy that half the country is inbred racist sexist hate-filled halfwits and it doesn't occur to the Right that they actually have to rebut such silly nonsense.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    I remember back when the Tea Party came on the scene there was a photo from a Tea Party rally of a guy with an AR-15 slung over his shoulder. The progs went berserk, screeching that teh evil racists were threatening to shoot Obama and his family. On Daily Kos people were going on about how there would be a race war if that happened, and how "those right wingnuts will find out they're not the only ones with guns" and how heroically all the Lefty White Saviors would fight alongside blacks.

    It was all a lot of bean breeze of course. Shit, IIRC the guy in the photo was black!

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • damikesc||

    Man, those white nationalists are a terrifying force that we should totally focus on in opposition to focusing on ANY OTHER POTENTIAL ISSUE.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Johnny's not going to have enough room to post good links, when the Lefties step up the violence after election 2018 goes badly for them and Trump wins reelection in 2020.

  • Red Tony||

    Your overconfidence is intriguing.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I was confident Trump would win too.

    Also that Republicans would have the House and Senate.

    I did think Trump would carry NY, so I was wrong there.

  • creech||

    I'm convinced there is a "cottage industry" of louts who scan the news for controversial stuff and then send profane e-mails and death threats. This is their hobby and they don't discriminate based on ideology.

  • Longtobefree||

    That cottage is named progressives

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    A federal judge said California's ban on gun ads is unconstitutional.

    But only the ads for the guns that will be used to enforce the ban.

  • Bee Tagger||

    A federal judge said California's ban on gun ads is unconstitutional.

    can't we simplify elections and just have every candidate post the list of things they'd ban? or allow, if that's smaller.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Democratic Socialists of America Call for Confiscating Energy Industry Assets
    We are demanding:
    a. An immediate, labor-friendly and inclusive transition to 100% clean energy.
    b. A halt to to fossil fuel infrastructure development.
    c. The dismantling of the dirty energy industry and re-distribution of their assets to fund climate reparations.

    — DSA San Francisco (@DSA_SF) September 7, 2018

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Sounds like we're getting bicycle powered generators, with seats good for men, women, and in between.

  • Microaggressor||

    Would that be the $15/hour job guarantee?

    What a wonderful idea!

  • damikesc||

    Hell, let colleges pursue this goal first.

    Colleges with no power or wifi would be endlessly amusing.

  • damikesc||

    Hell, let colleges pursue this goal first.

    Colleges with no power or wifi would be endlessly amusing.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Looks like California's 'surplus' budget will take a hit from lawsuits when the state tries to seize energy company assets.

  • LynchPin1477||

    So they are going all in on nuclear?

  • LynchPin1477||

    So they are going all in on nuclear?

  • Ron||

    Remember when Venezuala confiscated all the energy producers, that worked so well for them that we should follow suit

  • Longtobefree||

    Demand away.
    We will observe the effectiveness of your demands.

    While waiting, may I suggest you confiscate the union pension funds, and if necessary the campaign funds of all democratic socialists, and use the money to buy all the utility stocks, and put in new boards to vote for your 'demands'.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' son Levi lost his Tuesday bid for a U.S. House seat from New Hampshire, placing seventh out of 11 candidates.

    Everyone say it together: You don't necessarily need a choice of 11 different closet statists when children are hungry in this country.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Don't Be Fooled, There Was Nothing 'Financial' About the 2008 Crisis
    Which brings us to the actual "crisis." It's popular in certain quarters to say that the latter was caused by a housing correction, except that such a view defies basic common sense. Missed by those who seemingly don't know is that a booming housing market of the kind experienced in the '70s and '00s is not a sign of economic vitality. Getting into specifics, a home purchase is not an investment. It won't render the buyer more productive, open foreign markets for same, or morph into capital meant to develop something productivity-enhancing like software. Housing is consumption, that's it. On the other hand, investment is what powers economic growth, so the very notion that a reorientation of precious capital away from consumptive goods and into production would foster economic crisis is for those who presume to comment on the economy to reveal how little they understand what they're writing about. The feverish consumption of housing was what was holding the economy down, which means a reversal of what weighed on the economy would logically be good for growth. If so, markets would have discounted housing's correction positively.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    It was the massive rates of defaults and bankruptcies that finally swamped the banks. Along with bailouts.

    Normally the market would constrict money supply leading up to a Recession and provide small corrections along the way, but the fed kept interests rates artificially low and 'ninja loans' were readily available. This caused a build up that was hidden and protected by the fed and HUD from normal market indexes.

    Then when moral hazard should have punished all the banks that made bad choices, the US Gov stepped in and protected the bankers and bureaucrats who artificially skewed the market in the first place.

  • Don't look at me.||

    But everyone DESERVES a house. A nice one. Even if they don't have money.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Ninja please.

  • Longtobefree||

    I will believe that after Bernie and Nancy give all their homes to the homeless, and move into one bedroom apartments at market rates.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    "It was the massive rates of defaults and bankruptcies that finally swamped the banks. Along with bailouts."

    Bailouts swamped the banks? You mean with money?

  • Bee Tagger||

    "The mayor now proposes issuing $1,000 and $3,000 fines before filing criminal charges as a third strike. But charges could still rack up quickly, as the city would consider each day operating without a license as a separate, "new" offense.

    it never stops being easy to pile on minority interest groups

  • Don't look at me.||

    Certain to spur investment in housing.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    CALIFORNIA DMV GIVES ILLEGAL VOTERS A SURGE
    After the 2016 election in which Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, Padilla refused to release any voter information to a federal probe that he claimed "has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally." California's participation, Padilla said in a statement, "would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the president."

    Back in 2015, Padilla told the Los Angeles Times, "At the latest, for the 2018 election cycle, I expect millions of new voters on the rolls in the state of California." True to form, by March, 2018, more than one million "undocumented" immigrants received licenses.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Thanks Commifornia, you just gave millions of justifications that people are trying to vote who are not US citizens, which is illegal.

  • damikesc||

    I'd enjoy seeing California's Presidential votes invalid due to a mass issue with illegals voting illegally.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    The Constitution provides that Congress gets a say in who California lets vote.

    US Constitution, Article I, Section 4.
    The times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by law make or alter such regulations, except as to the places of choosing Senators.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Maybe this will draw all the vermin to California which is going to vote D anyway.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    As the Commifornia economy tanks, they spreads like locusts, some other states might not catch on that California is issuing government IDs to illegals, and let them vote.

  • Sarah Palin's Buttplug||

    FDA Chief Considers Ban of All Flavored E-Cigarettes
    To combat surging teen use of Juul and other e-cigarettes, FDA boss rethinks regulatory approach
    By Jennifer Maloney
    Sept. 12, 2018 9:30 a.m. ET
    Calling a surge in teen use of e-cigarettes an epidemic, the head of the Food and Drug Administration says he is considering pulling all flavored e-cigarettes from the US market.

    WSJ

    another libertarian moment from the Dotard.....

  • Don't look at me.||

    Nobody needs 27 flavors of ecigs....

  • The Squat Team||

    But apparently someone needs 27 variants of "old, tired reference to defunct politician" as a screen name because he is a moron.

  • Fancylad||

    Oooo… so bitter.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    In a new poll, 71 percent of respondents say they want Roe v. Wade left alone.

    Picture, if you will, a caricature of pollster on the phone with respondents saying that they do not want abortions to be illegal. Next pane, St. Peter is at the pearly gates asking all the aborted babies what they think about Roe v. Wade. Next pane, time travellers go back to the past to terminate Cash for Clunkers in its infancy.

    ALTERNATE FRIDAY FUNNIES IS BACK, BITCHES.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Do you... Do you think it's Friday? Fist, we need to start talking about your drinking.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    That's covered under the "alternate" part, I suppose.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    But Trump said on Tuesday that his team did an "incredibly successful" job dealing with the Puerto Rico storm.

    It's fake news to put apply your own success metric to the country's First Responder in Chief.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The mayor now proposes issuing $1,000 and $3,000 fines before filing criminal charges as a third strike.

    There's just as much money in fines as permit fees?

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    An unusually large number of former intelligence officials and operatives are campaigning for office as Democrats in this fall's midterm elections, experts say. Their new mission? Foil Trump.

    Know how I'm always saying it's the duty for not just libertarians, but for all patriotic Americans to vote Democrat? Here is more proof. Intelligence officers work to keep us safe, and they know the biggest current danger to this country is the Kremlin asset in the White House.

    #Resist
    #TrumpRussia
    #LibertariansForTheNationalSecurityState

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Twitter: How old are you, without using a number?

    Me: Old enough to remember when Bush Sr. being previous CIA chief was a threat to democracy when he ran for President.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    Yes, but things were different then. At some point between 2012 and 2016, Russia emerged as the greatest threat to the American way of life, even managing to hack our election and install a puppet President. We have to respond by putting more trust in the military and intelligence apparatus, because they're our best hope of preventing future attacks by hostile foreign powers.

  • Fancylad||

    "even managing to hack our election"

    Wow, do you mean to tell me the Russians hacked into the voting machines and changes the results?

    Or are you dishonestly suggesting that WikiLeaks releasing the utterly horrible shit Hillary and her minions had actually fucking written, "hacked the election".

  • John||

    #LibertariansForTheNationalSecurityState

    That is some very good trolling there. Bravo.

  • Just Say'n||

    Pretty spot on, too.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The Education Department is reopening a closed Obama-era investigation into alleged discrimination [against] Jewish students at Rutgers.

    Fine, I'll do it: You know who else was so bad he might as well have been from New Jerksey?

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    John Travolta in Battlefield Earth?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Nearly $10 million was diverted from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) budget and instead given to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—a move that seems especially sociopathic in light of Trump's terrible treatment of post-hurricane Puerto Rico, and that is being reported just as a Category 4 storm is slated to hit the Carolinas.

    Moving millions from any agency that has not had any disasters to deal with in 2018, to one that is deporting criminals.

    Sociopathic alright. NOT!

  • AustinRoth||

    Except that this was something Congress authorized, not President Trump.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    No second Sanders in Congress: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' son Levi lost his Tuesday bid for a U.S. House seat from New Hampshire, placing seventh out of 11 candidates.

    I guess New Hampshire isn't quite ready for Borscht Belt Bolshevism yet.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    What is his son, about 90?

  • damikesc||

    Meanwhile, Texas residents rocked by Hurricane Harvey last year are still struggling. People in Puerto Rico—where approximately 3,000 were killed during last year's Hurricane Maria—are still struggling. But Trump said on Tuesday that his team did an "incredibly successful" job dealing with the Puerto Rico storm.

    FEMA delivered a ton of supplies.

    Puerto Rico STILL hasn't distributed most of them.

    FEMA actually did its job. Notoriously inept P.R, as usual, failed in theirs.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    There were places in P.R. that didnt have power hookup for residents before the hurricane hit.

    Its 99% Puerto Rico's fault they have not fully recovered from the hurricane.

  • John||

    So millions of dollars that were to be spent on an unconstitutional agency, FEMA, doing things that the federal government has no power to do were diverted and spent on a Constitutional agency ICE fulfilling a core Constitutional function of government.

    Good deal.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    To be sure, one could call the raging hordes a federal emergency that needs to be managed

  • Tom Bombadil||

    "In a new poll, 71 percent of respondents say they want Roe v. Wade left alone."

    Well guess what, folks? Roe v. Wade was decided decades ago and will never appear before the Supreme Court again.

  • Zeb||

    But 29% of people want someone to go back in time and mess with Roe v. Wade.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Thats what people thought about Korematsu.

  • Kevin Tyssen||

    FEMA has a total budget of 13 billion dollars (yes, Billion with B) 10 million is hardly crippling to their operation

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Shhh. This is a two-fer argument for ENB. Attack Trump and attack enforcing immigration law.

  • Don't look at me.||

    With a 13 billion budget, they probably spent 10 million on pens and pencils.

  • LynchPin1477||

    But Trump said on Tuesday that his team did an "incredibly successful" job dealing with the Puerto Rico storm.

    Knowing many people who were in Puerto Rico at the time, I can tell you it was absolutely not successful.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    I wish I could send more money to bail out that libertarian paradise.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    The Fake News Network occasionally known as "CNN" is at it again, recycling that old laughably bogus claim that hurricanes are proof of "climate change".

  • Longtobefree||

    Everything is proof of climate change, including the facts that the climate is not changing as predicted.

  • Just Say'n||

    So FEMA is libertarian now?

    So I guess Reason loves the CIA and FEMA now

  • Just Say'n||

    I remember that just a couple months ago woketarians at least pretended that they wanted to end ICE, but also other federal programs and that they were not just spouting progressive talking points.

    Now the mask has slipped

  • Jerryskids||

    Nearly $10 million was diverted from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) budget and instead given to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

    The Donald giveth with one hand and taketh away with the other, blessed be the name of the Donald.

    In an alternate universe where Congress collectively has a single pair of balls and a single principle, they might assert their Constitutional authority vis-à-vis the power of the purse and simply cut ICE's budget by that amount on the grounds that they were not authorized by Congress to receive it and cut FEMA's budget the same on the grounds that FEMA obviously doesn't need it. But in this universe where Congress can't even pass a simple budget, throwing a big bag of money at the President and saying, "here you go, do whatever the hell you want with it" doesn't hardly even raise an eyebrow. The rule of law is dead and nobody gives a crap.

  • Longtobefree||

    Having balls is sexist
    Having principles is inconvenient
    While constitutional authority is quite pleasant, the accompanying responsibility is worrisome

  • Ken Shultz||

    "Nearly $10 million was diverted from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) budget and instead given to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—a move that seems especially sociopathic in light of Trump's terrible treatment of post-hurricane Puerto Rico"

    The conditions for holding illegal immigrants were so bad, they made headlines, and the ACLU is suing, saying that those substandard conditions are unconstitutional. Hasn't Reason run stories on this, not to mention the Trump administration's struggles to reunite children with their illegal immigrant parents? It seems to me that the money for that needed to come from somewhere, and if we're talking about housing illegal immigrants vs. housing potential disaster victims that may not materialize, it might make sense to take that money from FEMA. ICE is having so much trouble finding places to house detainees, they've started holding them in federal prisons.

    http://www.aclu.org/news/civil.....titutional

    I'm not sure it's entirely reasonable to complain about these conditions and complain about the short term solution, too. Surely, the libertarian solution isn't for the government to spend more money.

  • Just Say'n||

    "a move that seems especially sociopathic in light of Trump's terrible treatment of post-hurricane Puerto Rico"

    She's just pushing progressive talking points and couching them in some obviously bullshit woketarian principles. Especially considering that the "terrible treatment of post-hurricane Puerto Rico" was primarily the local government's fault, as it always is with natural disasters.

  • Ken Shultz||

    It does seem like she just wanted to call someone a sociopath.

    We could get the same shit from Shrike.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    Psychologists of course call this "projection".

  • Aloysious||

    "Shrike's Morning Roundup"

    "News and Coffee: Roundup with Shrike"

    Hmmm. Needs work.

  • Jerryskids||

    It seems to me that the money for that needed to come from somewhere, and if we're talking about housing illegal immigrants vs. housing potential disaster victims that may not materialize, it might make sense to take that money from FEMA.

    And Trump taking it upon himself to unilaterally change the budget he was given by Congress is certainly more efficient than having ICE appeal to Congress for a supplementary appropriation. Just remember when President Kamala Harris decides Social Security needs more money and just takes a few hundred billion from the Pentagon that you're not the one who gets to decide what's "needed".

  • Ken Shultz||

    If she had criticized this on the basis of separation of powers. I wouldn't have objected.

  • Ken Shultz||

    In regards to Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico is rife with corruption and financial mismanagement.

    "In August 2018, the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico reported the Commonwealth had $74 billion in bond debt and $49 billion in unfunded pension liabilities as of May 2017, according to a debt investigation report.[2]"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P....._disparity

    If not sending Puerto Rico another $10 million is "sociopathic", then what do you call a local government that spent, at least, $74 billion more than it could finance--and $49 billion on unfunded pension liabilities--when its territory is situated smack in the middle of Hurricane Alley?

  • Conchfritters||

    The market has a perfectly acceptable solution for this - it's called bankruptcy, and it's not just for Detroit.

  • Ken Shultz||

    There need to be negative consequences of misbehavior, and bailing them out will only encourage more of the same.

    The market has already imposed a partial solution--by refusing to buy their debt at a price they can afford to pay. My question for those who would send them money that the market won't is this: What do you know that the market doesn't know?

    I mean, if ENB wants to talk about squandering taxpayer money, let's talk about what that means and why. Like I was saying the other day, I don't think some of these people really understand the argument they're making, and they think we're being absurd by taking what they say seriously or literally.

    She's emoting, and I guess we're supposed to respect that.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Detroit found out declaring bankruptcy is not a get out of jail free card.

    IIRC, a trustee was appointed by the bankruptcy court. A trustee got Detroit back on track instead of local elected officials.

    P.R. should have the same thing. Which would mean massive cuts to welfare for Puerto Ricans.

  • lap83||

    Nearly $10 million was diverted from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) budget and instead given to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

    Reason: But FEMA needs that money....and btw, let's also raise taxes to balance the budget!

  • Just Say'n||

    Rockefeller Republicanism being masqueraded as "libertarianism". Reason isn't called the pro-government brand of libertarianism for nothing

  • Ron||

    I don't think FEMA will notice the $10 million out of the billions they loose every year

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    Goldberg is targeting the Gawker relaunch for early 2019. "We won't recreate Gawker exactly as it was, but we will build upon Gawker's legacy and triumphs — and learn from its missteps," he wrote in the memo. "In so doing, we aim to create something new, vibrant, highly relevant, and worth visiting daily."

    Hale, who has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University (Note to Robby: LOL), previously worked as an ad exec for political news sites including Talking Points Memo and The Nation. Earlier, she worked as a communications staffer for various political campaigns, including the Senate campaign of Barack Obama.

    So basically, despite Goldberg's assertions, it's just going to be a rehash of the same subliterate proglydyte clickbait that Gawker degenerated into before Hulk Hogan leg-dropped it into oblivion. Maybe some of our pedo-curious commenters will be down with Daulerio publishing sex tapes with four-year-olds as long as the four-year-old consented.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    I'm about 99% certain that Elizabeth Nolan Brown thinks that sex with a four year old should be legal.

  • Homple||

    Last I heard from Reason about FEMA was that the agency was utterly useless and a waste of taxpayer money, so who cares if its funding gets transferred somewhere else?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    TDS can be a fickle illness.

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