Just to be perfectly clear, I support disaster relief efforts for massive tragedies like Katrina, and I’ve told the media that on several occasions. However, fraud, waste, abuse and misspent funds must never be allowed. The disaster relief MUST reach the intended beneficiaries, and we MUST be responsible with taxpayer dollars.
Independent studies on Katrina relief have demonstrated more than $2 Billion in waste and misspent funds. Some of the waste went for such “necessities” as guns, strippers and tattoos among a whole list of other things not related to what the donors intended.
Perhaps if the money had been properly spent the Gulf Coast recovery would be much further along than it is.
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