As part of the war discussion today, Joy Williams sends this video -- warning: garden-variety profanities -- of a landslide in Santa Cruz County, California. The buckets of money going to Afghanistan are needed back home, she writes:
My county just got denied FEMA funding because even though we can't rebuild without federal help some places are more desperate than ours, like Joplin (which is bad, for sure), but we also have existing disaster areas that could get worse next year unless we get some funding. We had a terrible rockslide that could turn into a mudslide, that could destroy our home, next rain season, unless we get it cleaned up. FEMA turned Jerry Brown down for the funding. I'm not exaggerating about the severity... Our county got hit in numerous places and doesn't have the money to clean up this $2.1 million mess on our road. It's not something we, the residents can do either, nor should we even touch it as it's too unstable.
That was our alpaca corral that it slammed into. And now the county had to make a road through our PRIVATE property so that 33 other families can have access to get out of there. And next rain season that could all turn into mud and destroy my home. It was the rain this last year that caused this disaster.
So I want that $2 billion a month to go to rebuilding of our infrastructure and to FEMA, and to fight off climate change. So that folks like us don't have to be turned down. So that Americans who meet catastrophe don't have to live in an unstable situation like this while money goes to a war on the opposite side of the world that makes absolutely no difference to us except that it drains our resources when we have a real problem. Priorities, people! Afghanistan is not a priority, it's a fixation by the Obama administration and is alienating him from the rest of the country.
So ya, I don't want the war to go on, I want the money to come home. And our troops.