Hutzpah: Dem Lawmakers Want Obama To Declare Baltimore A Disaster Area Due To Riots

Just to be fair, so is Maryland Governor Larry Hogland (R)

(The Hill) Maryland lawmakers are pressing President Obama to issue a major disaster declaration for Baltimore in the wake of riots late last month.

“Given the massive impact that the situation in Baltimore is having on the state’s resources, we respectfully request that you urgently approve Federal assistance,” members of the state’s congressional delegation wrote in a letter to Obama, which was sent on Tuesday but released Wednesday.

The letter was signed by Maryland Democratic Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, as well as Democratic Reps. Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Donna Edwards and John Delaney.

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The lawmakers also offered “strong support” for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) request for the major disaster declaration for Baltimore.

So, let’s see: Baltimore residents rioted, looted, burned buildings and cars, destroying their own neighborhoods, and they want money to replace what they destroyed? They burned the town down and now want federal funds? This is like asking your insurance company to pay you after you intentionally burned down your own house.

On the flip side, because Baltimore residents rioted, looted, burned buildings and cars, attacked police officers and other citizens, the city is in trouble (well, further trouble). Who wants to visit? Who wants to do business? This is a city that had to keep people at their baseball park due to the threat of violence. This is a city which played a baseball game with no spectators, because of massive concern for the spectator safety from mobs. This is a city having to spend oodles of money they do not have trying to secure the city from violence.

On the third side, maybe this money should come from the mayor, who wanted to give the thugs “room to destroy”. From the Dems request

The Governor has provided the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with a preliminary damage assessment of over $19 million in expenditures for local jurisdiction law enforcement, security, firefighting, and emergency management costs as well as out-of-state resources required to supplement local and state resources. This Major Disaster declaration is necessary to address emergency protective measures and public buildings and contents per Category B & E of Public Assistance under the Stafford Act. This situation has the potential to negatively impact services in other areas, given an already strained state budget environment.

That’s right, the thugs caused $19 million in expenditures. And what the Dems want is more money to protect Baltimore property and citizens from thugs in a system that the Democrats created and have upheld since the late 1960’s. Let Maryland and Baltimore pay for it, not federal taxpayers from other states.

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