Posted by PrestoPundit on 09/29/2005
are we going to spend on Mississippi and Louisiana? Experts are guessing $200 billion and that
would be about twice what American taxpayers spent (adjusted for inflation) on the Marshall Plan to rebuild all of Western Europe after the devastation of World War II.
Those words are from CATO’s David Boaz, who has lots more on Katrina spending and Franklin Delano Bush. A taste:
In a recent poll, 64 percent of voters said that they prefer smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes, while only 22 percent would rather see a more active government with more services and higher taxes. Federal taxpayers never get a chance to vote on taxes and spending. If they did, we might see a resounding rejection of President Bushâ€™s massive increase in the federal budget.
Voters know that politicians tend to spend money to get votes, not to solve problems. Consider that Congress passed a $51.8 billion Katrina relief bill on the very day the Associated Press released a study of where the $5 billion small-business relief money after 9/11 went. It found that the funds went to a South Dakota country radio station, a Virgin Islands perfume shop, a Utah drug boutique, and more than 100 Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway shops–“companies far removed from the devastation.” Fewer than 11 percent of the loans went to companies in New York and Washington.
Bush and the new Republican Party are turning their backs on Americans who want smaller government ..