Thursday, September 01, 2005

Katrina: Bush budget to New Orleans: "Drop Dead!" 

And they did, they did.

After some obligatory balancing, AP's Ron Fournier points out the obvious:

Just last year, the Army Corps of Engineers sought $105 million for hurricane and flood programs in New Orleans. The White House slashed the request to about $40 million. Congress finally approved $42.2 million, less than half of the agency's request.

Yet the lawmakers and Bush agreed to a $286.4 billion pork-laden highway bill that included more than 6,000 pet projects for lawmakers. Congress spent money on dust control for Arkansas roads, a warehouse on the Erie Canal and a $231 million bridge to a small, uninhabited Alaskan island.

How could Washington spend $231 million on a bridge to nowhere — and not find $42 million for hurricane and flood projects in New Orleans? It's a matter of power and politics.
(via AP)

Ah, priorities, priorities....

Cash dollars, cash dollars....

Can't trust the Republicans with your money, can you?

And every Republican with blood on one hand because of Iraq now has blood on both hands because of that highway bill—with $286.4 billion they probably could have raised the entire city of New Orleans above sea level...

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