Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World

Is 127 BILLION DOLLARS Enough?

Posted by Mark on August 30, 2007

I read two articles today that outline the STARK- and I do mean stark- contrast of people’s perception of our Federal Government. First, this from the New York Post:

James Chaney spent the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina doing what he’s been doing since the killer storm crashed ashore – working on a damaged home.

Two years after Katrina hit, a storm of bitterness and anger has yet to clear. While memorials were held to mark the day, residents fumed about the government’s response and marched to demand help.

“We want people to know that nothing is being done to help people here,” said Samuel Banks, 40, as he marched with about 1,000 other protesters Wednesday. “How can the city rebuild if nobody has money or jobs?”

Uh oh- the dreaded- it’s all ‘George Bush’s fault’ syndrome. Now for the Washington Times post on what the Federal Government has done for the residents of New Orleans:

The flow of federal dollars to the Gulf Coast two years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the region already exceeds what the U.S. spent on the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II.

President Bush and Congress have committed more than $127 billion in resources and tax relief for the region — significantly more than inflation-adjusted $107.6 billion directed to 16 countries in Europe between 1947 and 1951.

Hmmm…anyone see a *#$#*@% DISCONNECT?

Okay class, time for a simple math quiz. New Orleans, before Katrina, had roughly 500,000 inhabitants. Yes, if you don’t believe me, look it up. So let’s be generous, let’s say EVERY SINGLE RESIDENT lost their home. Uh….500,000 goes into 127 billion….2 ….carry the…..

Yes ladies and gentlemen, that’s $254,000.00 for every man, woman, and child! What more do you want from the Federal Government- our….not first responder…..not second responder….but our THIRD responder?

Don’t forget- this does not include- the almost 3 billion dollars in private donations! (And let’s say that went to ALL the other victims in the region.)

I keep waiting for a new star to appear on our U.S. flag. Yep, a star representing our newest state in the union. Our 51st – the NANNY state.

One Response to “Is 127 BILLION DOLLARS Enough?”

  1. cube said

    It will never be enough.

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