Monday, November 28, 2005

Boston Globe: Katrina aid falls short of promises

After passing $70 billion in aid to the Gulf Coast in the emotion-pitched weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck, Congress closed for Thanksgiving vacation with little appetite to spend more.

While the aid package stands as a record for a natural disaster, it amounts to a fraction of the more than $200 billion that Louisiana senators had requested, or the $150 billion that outside specialists had predicted that Hurricane Katrina would cost the federal government.

Meanwhile, President Bush's call to ''rise above the legacy of inequality" with programs to substantially increase home ownership and train workers for better jobs has gone virtually unheeded by Congress.

1 comment:

bayoustjohndavid said...

Missed this post yesterday, so I don't know if you'll see this. But would it be too cynical to note that the cost of reconstruction started to become a problem when FEMA came under fire for patronage? In other words, if we can't give the money to our cronies, we're not spending it at all. Maybe that's too cynical, I don't think so.