They have two giant generators running in Central Park to take care of whatever's needed for the marathon. They're kicking out residents who have checked into hotels 'cause their houses are gone. They're kicking them outta hotels to put the marathoners and people associated with the marathon in the hotels.
It doesn't compute on the common sense scale.
This doesn't make any sense at all. You've got people that can't find gasoline, people's homes are gone, the beach is gone. The devastation in Staten Island now, people are beginning to see how truly bad the suffering is. There are six-hour lines for gasoline in Midtown Manhattan. This stupid rule you can't get into the city unless you got three people in your car. Who wants to come into the city?
et they're doing the marathon, and they say, "Well, it's for the money." That's not why. Yes, it's for the money, but who's in charge here? Let me ask you a question: Who in New York is big proponent of global warming? In fact, who just endorsed Obama because he's "right" on global warming? That'd be Mayor Bloomberg, correct? Now, what do global warmers believe? Well, they believe a lot of cockamamie BS.
But they also believe that sea levels are rising.
You see, it's getting warmer, and the polar bears are vanishing, and the ice floes are melting and the glaciers are melting and the sea levels are rising 'cause it's so sweltering hot out there. Doomberg has been mayor for how long? Eleven years! Doomberg's had 11 years to get ready for the rising sea levels that he believes in because he believes in global warming. What did he do to prepare Lower Manhattan for rising sea levels?
What did any of the liberals who run the show out on Long Island do? What about any of the liberals who run the show in New Jersey? They all believe global warming. One of the tenets of global warming is rising sea levels. What did they do? You can ask the same question about New Orleans. "Okay, you know you got a problem with the levees. Here's federal money. Build the levees. Make sure if we have a flood, the levees hold."
The money went into the back pocket of the regulators. It was graft, and the levees didn't hold. And they were blaming George W. Bush for it. The people in charge are all what? They're all liberals. They believe things. They tell us they believe in global warming, but Bloomberg didn't prepare Lower Manhattan for rising sea levels. He didn't prepare. He believes this stuff. He thinks this stuff matters.
He believes the sea levels are rising without storms. When a storm comes along, if sea levels are already rising, well, 2 + 2 = 4. That equals floods. Did he do anything to prepare for it? No. Now he okays the marathon. This is the liberal value system. To him there's value in all this. In the midst of this crisis and aftermath, there's some sort of value to having the marathon there. Now, we know he's also a health nut.
You can't drink a soda over 16 ounces. You can't eat anything with trans fat on it. You can't smoke. Well, who are the marathon runners? Well, they're the essence of health freaks, exactly the kind of people we want in New York. "These are ideal people. You can't run a marathon unless you're in shape. You can't run a marathon unless you don't drink 16-ounce-or-larger sodas. You can't run a marathon if you eat trans fats. You can't run a marathon if you smoke."
So the marathon people are the ideal citizens, the ideal people. They do everything Bloomberg doesn't want people to do, or wants people to do. They're welcome. Now, wherever you go, folks, you're gonna see this. This hurricane in New York and New Jersey, we talked yesterday, is a case study on the perils of liberalism and socialism. What were we told two days ago by Governor Christie and Obama?
They both said they're gonna get government out of the way in order to speed the recovery. We're gonna get rid of the gasoline regulations so that any gas is accepted. We're gonna get rid of the red tape. When you call a bureaucrat, they're gonna answer the phone in 15 minutes. They're gonna get back to you in 15 minutes. In the process, they were admitting that the biggest roadblock to efficiency is government, their precious government that they believe in and run.
And they are saying, "In this time of crisis, we're gonna get rid of it. But don't worry! I mean, we'll build it back when the crisis is over. We'll put the roadblocks back up and we'll put the regulations back in and we'll reinstitute the gasoline regulations. We'll make it just as hard to get gasoline as it was before and we'll make it just as tough to produce it, and we're gonna make it so that you have to wait two days to get the call from the bureaucrats instead of 15 minutes.
"We'll go back to that, don't worry. But in the middle of a crisis when people really need help, we're gonna get government out of the way." Every picture I see out of New York, I don't see progress. I don't see anything happening here. It's a case study. After these big announcements about getting government out of the way, big announcements about no more red tape, no more gasoline regulations and they're gonna speed everything up.
They admitted that government slows everything down. They didn't intend to, but they did. They admit that government bottlenecks everything. They admit that the enemy of efficiency is a bureaucracy, or a series of bureaucracies, run by bureaucrats and government people. And in this crisis they both, Christie and Obama, said, "We're gonna get rid of it." Well, why don't we STAY rid of it once we get rid of it?
If it's the solution, if smaller government's the answer, who's running for president on smaller government? Mitt Romney. And when Mitt Romney says that he's gonna do exactly what Christie and Obama promised they're gonna do in this crisis, what does Obama say about Romney? "Well, you can't elect him! He just gonna take us back to the policies that got us in this mess." Really?
It just sounds to me like Romney wants to make permanent what you're doing temporarily to speed up the recovery in the aftermath of the hurricane. If you're gonna get rid of government, get rid of the bottlenecks, gonna get rid of the gasoline regulations and others -- if you're gonna make sure bureaucrats respond to phone calls on time -- but only in a time of crisis...
Romney says, "You know what? I want to do that every day. I want everything running efficiently every day. I want to have more things taking place in the private sector with a profit motive where people get things done because there's a reason for it. I want it running smoothly. I want government to do what it can do and do it well. I want it smaller," and they said, "Well, you can't do that. That got us into this mess."
Really? So, President Obama, we can then say that the temporary measures that you are taking are the same things that got us into the mess that we're in? Because that's what you say Romney's gonna do. Romney is gonna take us back to the same policies that got us in this mess. All he's talking about is smaller government. You are talking about smaller government. You and Governor Christie say, "Yep, we're gonna streamline it all."
So President Obama, you are admitting to people who will listen and put two and two together that the solution to the crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is the policies of the past that equal smaller government and more money in individuals' back pockets and more power in the private sector to get things done. By the way, did you guys forget to tell the unions that? 'Cause bunch of crews from Alabama have been turned away.
Did you hear about this? Nonunion repair crews from Alabama who drove to New Jersey to help were turned away by New Jersey unionized crews. They said, "You can't help." (interruption) No, I'm not kidding you. I wouldn't make this up. So you people on Staten Island and elsewhere in that area, there are people from all over the country that want to drive in and help. But if they're not union, they're being turned away.