Am I the only person who would have decided that waiting for the government for a full year to come along and rebuild my house, replace my car, feed my dog, and wipe my nose was not a viable plan?
Am I the only person who's fed up with people who have ulterior motives writing crap like this?
That $110 billion was yesterday's number. According to the Wall Street Journal (see graphic above), the price tag today is up to $122.5 billion. God knows what it will be tomorrow.
One year of failure after Katrina
The Gulf Coast continues to suffer thanks mostly to the Bush administration's shameful response to Hurricane Katrina.
Roanoke Times Editorial
One year ago, Hurricane Katrina smashed into the Gulf Coast and quickly became the worst natural disaster to strike America in decades, perhaps ever, depending how one measures such morbid things.
No one expected the scars to disappear in one year, but the Bush administration has continued to fail New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast. Reconstruction is far behind where it should be.
Washington eventually marshaled financial assistance, directing $110 billion to the recovery. The Bush team mismanaged those funds as badly as it bungled the relief efforts a year ago. It has spent less than half of the allocated money, despite the ongoing problems on the ground. (link)
But the charge that the Bush administration isn't doing enough because a huge chunk of the allocation hasn't been spent is infuriating.
Had anyone actually checked into the situation, one would have found out that the government can only pay for services rendered when there is someone prepared to render a service.
Had anyone checked, they would have found that the same federal government relief operation is working just fine in nearby Mississippi and over in Texas where Hurricane Rita struck just after Hurricane Katrina ripped into the Gulf coast. Mississippi, though suffering less damage than Louisiana, has hauled away more debris and rebuilt more homes. Schools are back up and running. Street lights work. It's only in Louisiana that chaos still reigns.
The state of Louisiana and to a lesser extent the city of New Orleans have performed miserably in this affair. And to blame the federal government for the actions of the Democratic leadership there smacks of crass politics.
Chart courtesy of the Wall Street Journal
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