The Louisiana Holdup of the American Taxpayer Begins

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  1. carpro

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    Louisiana Goes After Federal Billions

    By Michael Grunwald and Susan B. Glasser
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Monday, September 26, 2005; A01


    Louisiana's congressional delegation has requested $40 billion for Army Corps of Engineers projects in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, about 10 times the annual Corps budget for the entire nation, or 16 times the amount the Corps has said it would need to protect New Orleans from a Category 5 hurricane.

    Louisiana Sens. David Vitter (R) and Mary Landrieu (D) tucked the request into their $250 billion Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief and Economic Recovery Act, the state's opening salvo in the scramble for federal dollars.

    The bill, unveiled last week, would create a powerful "Pelican Commission" controlled by Louisiana residents that would decide which Corps projects to fund, and ordered the commission to consider several controversial navigation projects that have nothing to do with flood protection. The Corps section of the Louisiana bill, which was supported by the entire state delegation, was based on recommendations from a "working group" dominated by lobbyists for ports, shipping firms, energy companies and other corporate interests.
     
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    I would just as soon not pay for the rebuilding, but I know I probably will.
     
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    Dangerous precedents are being set with this, just like the 9-11 payments to survivors

    I've no doubt that down the road these decisions will come back to haunt us!

    The gov't teat is getting more & more encompasing.
     
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