Democrats Seize on Koch Brothers, Republican Opposition to Flood Insurance

By John McCormick and Annie Linskey | April 20, 2014

  • April 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm
    Paul says:
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    What would Democrats do if they had no adversary to demonize? They are all about division. How about they also demonize Soros, Bloomberg and Buffett for their influence and meddling?

    • April 21, 2014 at 2:02 pm
      Libby says:
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      Like you don’t demonize Obama, Clinton, Pelosi, Reid or any other Democrat in office now? Puleeze.

  • April 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm
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    Typical GOP arrogance and Stupidity- ! The Insurance Industry itself was the one that begged for government intervention- stating that there are certain Natural disasters that are so big and and horrendous, that the private sector couldn’t possibly be responsible for it! What’s changed ? Oh- Greed- let the “little people get wiped out so Hedge funds can move in- buy the destroyed property at a song and get even richer-

    Look at what’s happed to Real Estate- Hundreds of thousands of foreclosed home are now owned by those responsible for the meltdown- and by Hedge Funds – turning our Country into a nation of renters. This is all being (socially) engineered-

    • April 21, 2014 at 3:27 pm
      Whodathunkit? says:
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      Wow, where to start. Demonizing citizens exercising their rights as a citizen is not the same as demonizing policitions (who by their actions seem to be demons in many cases). Name me one, just one FOO (friend of Obama) or his money men that has been demonized on the floor of the U. S. Senate. Just one.

      As far as the real estate crisis, this was created by the Community Reinvestment Act, another feel good attempt to circumvent the normal functioning of a free market.

      • April 21, 2014 at 3:44 pm
        Libby says:
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        I didn’t know buying votes and influencing policy with your wealth was considered just exercising your rights as a citizen.

        And Paul, as for demonizing Soros, Bloomberg or Buffet, are you saying these men are NOT demonized by the right? If so, I have to say guffaw!

        • April 21, 2014 at 4:07 pm
          Whodathunkit? says:
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          I noticed you could not give me ONE name of FOO or Obama money man demonized on the the Senate floor.

          • April 21, 2014 at 4:38 pm
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            That’s because I don’t know what you mean. Are you saying the Koch brothers were demonized on the Senate floor? By whom?

            Having a political action committee commenting on your actions is not the same as being demonized on the Senate floor.

            Please give a better explanation of what you mean and I’m sure I can find an example.

          • April 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm
            Whodathunkit? says:
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            Harry Reid, multiple times.

          • April 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm
            Libby says:
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            I guess I can’t count Hillary Clinton since she was Secretary of State?

          • April 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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            When was Hillary Clinton “demonized” on the senate floor?

      • April 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm
        Agent says:
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        Whodathunkit, I think Reid and his cohorts in crime have replaced Bush with the Koch Brothers. They seem to be the ones who are blamed almost daily for the ills of the country. We know the President is the Blamer in Chief for his failures. After 6 years of this nonsense, they continue to have the same theme. Republicans & the Koch Brothers. It got old a long time ago.

  • April 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm
    Trust me I am not a liberal says:
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    Geez…the way these dems are acting, you’d think that not one of them has a dime to their name. Last I knew, Barack Obama himself is a multi-millionaire. So are Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Hilary Clinton, etc.

    • April 22, 2014 at 10:52 am
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      Trust me I am not a liberal,

      It is called going against your own personal best interest for what you belive is beneficial to the country. I am not saying everthing they do does benefit the country, but at least they are looking beyond what benefits them directly.

      I guess the Republican equivalent would be all of the adulterers and divorcees who preach family values and gays who are against equal rights for homosexuals.

      • April 23, 2014 at 4:40 pm
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        You could make a better argument saying that the majority of things they do are actually detrimental for the country. Just look at the Liberal track record on most of their core issues. They essentially exacerbate the problems they aim to solve.

  • April 21, 2014 at 6:41 pm
    Wayne says:
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    June 29, 2012:
    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a massive bill on Friday combining funding for transportation programs, low-interest student loans, and the National Flood Insurance Program. On a 373-52 vote, the House sent the measure to the Senate which passed it, 74-19. President Barack Obama is expected to quickly sign it into law. (

    The Biggert-Watters Act was a bi-partisan measure to keep th NFIP running for 5 more years. The ‘R’s liked it because it was financially responsible and the ‘D’s liked it becuse it stopped subsidizing flood insurance premiums for all those millionaire homeowners that have shore property that the average American can’t afford to own.

    It appears in retrospect that there are some average Americans that own properties that would be affected and that millionaires like subsidies as much as everyone else and they pay for political campaigns.

    Just one more ill conceived, poorly thought out piece of legislation courtesy of our federal government.

  • April 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm
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    They forgot to mention that all, every single republican is a
    The closer we get to election time the more we will hear this tired old rant. Holder and Obama mentioned it at Al Sharptons Rat House.

  • April 25, 2014 at 11:27 am
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    The 2014 stop increases means the taxpayer will continue to fund those who live flood prone area. Geraldo Rivera said on fox news that he had his ocean front home replaced 2 times by taxpayer dollars. He said he did not need his home replaced by taxpayer funding but if the federal gov. (taxpayers) wanted to do it, he would accept. If the Congress and the Senate want to continue the Flood Program, it should be based on income and which flood zone you are in. The people who build in a serious flood prone area should pay the most.

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