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A Pocketful of Promises is a small photo essay in the wake of Hurricane Sandy months after the media moved on to the next "big story". My intention is only to keep it in the public's consciousness as long as there are still hundreds of families who feel forgotten by our government. As the nation celebrated the Presidential Inaugural, at a cost of over $120,000,000,...people along the coastline are still without the barest necessities of modern living. Essentials such as electrical power, running water, heating, food and decent places to live have been denied to these people because FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has still to release the funds direly needed to help them to begin to rebuild their shattered lives. So as I watch the President and his Washington cronies on the TV chowing down mouthfuls of $3000 a plate dinners at the Inaugural Ball, I couldn't help but think of the kind of "blast" Sandy's victims were having in contrast.
Footnote: The red sticker on the building indicates that this structure is slated for demolition. Having been moved four feet by the storm surge...its "been compromised".
FEMA has approved $50.5 billion dollars. Eleven and a half billion less than requested.
Each home owner has a FEMA grant cap of $31,000. The cost to replace this home would be, at minimum, a $150,000. In essence the decree is "Let 'em eat cake."
Rickie Lee Jones - Ghostyhead
But who this night would not stay warm
By any light they could?
You just eat your bread and cake
And tell them it was good
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