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Pat McMahon

Updated Jan 3, 2013 - 12:39 pm

When it comes to Sandy response, Congress is dead last

I rarely get angry at our congressional representatives in the House and Senate. What good would it do?

But I'm making an exception right now.

How dare they wait until the new Congress is sworn in to vote on the whole aid package for the East Coast victims of Hurricane Sandy.

If some of you think it's just another expenditure that we can't afford, then you've never watched your house float away while first responders are taking you by boat to a shelter. You've never watched your entire neighborhood burn to the ground. You don't feel there's any emergency, any urgency to help the residents of New Jersey alone, where 72,000 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed and another 305,000 in New York?

If Congress passes the full $60 billion aid bill next week, they're still too late. They're last responders.

For those who believe that government should stay out of everything except defending our country, then let's consider Sandy an enemy that attacked our Eastern seaboard.

Or did Grover Norquist get pledges against that too?

I'm Pat McMahon

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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