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Did Anyone Predict This?
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Merry Christmas!

Katrina fraud likely to balloon past $1B
WASHINGTON - The tally for Hurricane Katrina waste could top $2 billion next year because half of the lucrative government contracts valued at $500,000 or greater for cleanup work are being awarded without little competition. Federal investigators have already determined the Bush administration squandered $1 billion on fraudulent disaster aid to individuals after the 2005 storm. Now they are shifting their attention to the multimillion dollar contracts to politically connected firms that critics have long said are a prime area for abuse.

It's already past $1 billion, actually, according to the article you linked to; it's likely to top $2 billion.

Honestly, I'm not surprised by this at all. There was a time when I would have been, but the American government has been too fraudulent and too negligent for far too long to receive any of my trust at all anymore. It pisses me off to no end, but at least I don't expect better than I get anymore.

Merry Christmas to you too!

Personally, I think $1B is way too low an estimate for Katrina fraud as that does not even go into unpaid - and fraudulently so - insurance claims, money that went into rebuilding casions when the displaced persons sometimes didn't have even food to eat, etc. Though accounting aside - I am sure anyone who's seen it knows that the very approach to this disaster on the part of officialdom may well be referred to as fraudulent.

"money that went into rebuilding casions when the displaced persons sometimes didn't have even food to eat, etc."
Interesting statement. Should the casinos not be rebuilt?

Silly question. Better one would be "Is it the responsibility of taxpayers in Wisconsin to rebuild casinos in New Orleans?"

I'm not real sure if tax money should be used to rebuild businesses. But if it should, there's no reason to exclude casinos.

I have no problem with casinos being rebuilt - using private resources or left-over governmental resources. The priority obviously ought to be for the government to help the people, not businesses.

When did the folks who work and own the casinos stop being people?
If we don't fix the businesses, the people will need help indefinitly.

When did I deny their humanity?
Look, if you merely lost your job but somebody next to you is dying - well, while your situation may be tough they still take priority. It is as simple as that in any emergency situation.

"The priority obviously ought to be for the government to help the people, not businesses."
You separate people and business, it's the basic theme of your argument.

You didn't say anything about people dying, you said the government should help people before business.

It's extremely hard to have enough to eat when you don't have a job to pay for food. It's also extremely hard to have medical care when you don't have a job to pay for it.

The emergency situation didn't last out the month of September, 2005. I'm fairly certain no casino was rebuilt during that month.

That some displaced people don't have enough to eat, IE, don't have sufficient income, is no reason not to rebuild businesses.

Merry Christmas! Of course this being far from a perfect world, the chances of even recovering 10% of this and wasted war expenses seems slim. If you can't bill them, make them work for free! Again the perfect world thing, but there's shitloads of better things that can be done with $2B.

Merry Christmas to you too!

I think a better question is "Is anyone surprised by this?"

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