Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Washington Post smackdown

posted by Rob at 7:59 AM

The capitol's paper of record bodyslams Louisiana's Congressional delegation this morning. In an editorial headlined "Louisiana's Looters," the paper contends that "the Louisiana legislators are out to grab more federal cash than they could possibly spend usefully."

Here's the money shot:
The Louisiana delegation has apparently devoted little thought to the root causes of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. New Orleans was flooded not because the Army Corps of Engineers had insufficient money to build flood protections, but because its money was allocated by a system of political patronage. The smart response would be to insist that, in the future, no Corps money be wasted on unworthy projects, but the Louisiana bill instead creates a mechanism by which cost-benefit analysis can be avoided.
This is how Washington works, Greg. Legislators write the legislation. The president signs it (Bush is allergic to vetos). The president does not write the bill, nor dictate allocations from it. Louisiana got its money in the past. It can be forcefully argued it misspent it.

Now the state is asking to be trusted to do what's right with a blank check. Republicans will prove their idiots if they go along with them.

1 Comments:

Blogger Scott said...

Before the Post and other publications slam Louisiana politicians for "looting" Congress with requests for unconscionable appropriations, they should check with people on the ground in Louisiana. An article in today's New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that "The Department of Health and Hospitals has declined the bulk of $352 million in disaster assistance handed to the state by the Federal Emergency Management Agency late last week, with agency officials saying that they spent only about $10 million during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina." The article goes on to state that even though the money was already deposited in the state's bank account, the Department was returning it because they did not need it, and returning it was the correct thing to do. Doesn't sound like looting to me.

11:27 AM, September 27, 2005  

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