Saturday, December 09, 2006

Katrina fraud? Say it ain't so.

Hurricane Katrina has come & gone. This should be enough time for NOLA to get its' act together. Were your tax-dollars put to good use? Not at all according to Neal Boortz's letter here.

More Katrina Spending
It's been over a year since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast...displacing thousands from their homes and costing the American taxpayer billions of dollars. Since that time, the government has overreacted to initial complaints about a slow response by throwing huge sums of money at the problem. Katrina refugees have made out like bandits since August of last year. In some neighborhoods, Hurricane Katrina was the best thing that ever happened to the residents. That sure is an insensitive thing to say, isn't it? Too bad.

So for months we've had reports about just how this money is being spent. Millions of dollars spent on trailers by FEMA for temporary housing...wasted. Those poor Katrina evacuees saw fit to destroy the very trailers they were living in. As for the federal assistance....we've all heard the stories about the debit cards. Your tax money has been spent on everything from strippers to jewelry to you name it. So with the passing of one year since the hurricane, the throwing of taxpayer money down the proverbial Katrina rathole has slowed. Or has it?

Not if one judge has something to say about it. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon cranked out a 19-page ruling saying that the process whereby Katrina evacuees were cut off from free rent this past February was unfair. He said that those who were displaced by Katrina were being denied their Constitutional rights. Excuse me? Would somebody please tell me where in the U.S. Constitution it says anything about free rent for hurricane victims? Doesn't seem to appear in my copy.

So now we'll spend more money on Katrina refugees. It sure has helped up to this point, hasn't it? Oh, and in case you were wondering...and I know you were...Leon was appointed by George W. Bush. So much for conservative judges.

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