Billions of dollars are being tossed at the areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina. How much? Billions, tens of billions, maybe two hundred billion...
More billions will be tossed at the damage caused by Rita (and right now it appears that Rita is causing more flooding in New Orleans).
And, of course, we all know that in past hurricanes, FEMA has wasted millions of dollars in making payments for damage that was not related to the storm, sometimes paying for imaginary damage. With tens of billions of dollars floating around -- much of it going to the most corrupt and incompetent city government in the most corrupt and incompetent state -- there will be billions of dollars wasted, squandered, misappropriated, etc. In other words, we are about to get ripped off big time.
But I'm not worried about the vast amounts of theft that will take place...
I'm worried about how we are going to pay for this in the first place.
The suggestion has been made that the money going to repair the damage from Katrina (and Rita) should come from cutting government pork.
Read what (noted conservative) columnist Peggy Noonan had to say about this yesterday on the Wall Stree Journals online Opinion Page.
May I make a suggestion to those of you who live in the U.S. -- Let your representatives know how you feel about the idea of offsetting the rebuilding costs by cutting government pork.
How about the hundreds of millions of dollars in highway and bridge construction money going to Alaska (a state whose state government income goes up by more than fifty million dollars a year for every one dollar increase in the price of crude oil)? According to Think Progress (a Web site that is very politically liberal) the bill includes:
What about your senators and your representative? Do they also think you are ignorant and stupid or will they be willing to give up some pork so that we can rebuild without stressing the economy more than it has been already?
Blogger The-Truth-Laid-Bear has put up a list of all members of the U.S. Congress for all fifty states (plus the District of Columbia and Guam and Puerto Rico) with links to their official Web pages (which contain e-mail addresses, phone numbers, etc.) plus an field for recording their position on the question of cutting pork to offset hurricane costs.
So... let's let them hear from us, loudly and clearly.