The GUARDIAN endorses common sense and logic rather than political dogma and emotions. Congressman Butch Otter deserves a pat on his tight jeans for voting “no” on the hurricane relief bill.
He was among only 11 lawmakers who stood up for not tossing away more money into an emotional quagmire. Everyone in the USA wants to help the victims of hurricane Katrina, but tossing money to a bunch of bureaucrats who have proven their inability to get things done is NOT the answer.
The very people who voted to approve the spending are critical of the people they are giving the money to. Sort of like giving your kids more cash because they spend lunch money on CD music!
Well intended gestures in Idaho like cop unions driving U-Haul trucks full of stuff cross country, false alarms about flat bottom boats, hauling elderly on C-130 airplanes, bottled water lifts, etc. are pretty much publicity stunts that make the givers feel good, but probably don’t offer much REAL assistance.
In Michigan the “Black Caucus” of the legislature sent three school buses to the disaster with the usual stuff and the intent to return “victims” to the great lakes state. They brought back only three kids.
The UAW autoworkers union told members their dues could go to help victims, but only as part of a single BIG CHECK they would ceremoniously give to a politician on TV. All of the donations and volunteering we DON’T hear about are the things that really count.
Bottom line: Butch is right. If the initial federal response was not good, giving MORE money to the people who blew it is like spending to dodge those elusive weapons of mass destruction. Decisions shouldn’t be made on faulty intelligence and raw emotion.
A massive spending appropriation should come only after sound minds determine how much is needed and where.
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