Tarry for the Nonce

September 16, 2005

You Heard It Here First

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 1:40 pm

I stand squarely behind the . . . fiscal conservatives:

On Thursday, even before President Bush promised that “federal funds will cover the great majority of the costs of repairing public infrastructure in the disaster zone,” fiscal conservatives from the House and Senate joined budget watchdog groups in demanding that the administration be judicious in asking for taxpayer dollars.

One fiscal conservative, Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, said Thursday, “I don’t believe that everything that should happen in Louisiana should be paid for by the rest of the country. I believe there are certain responsibilities that are due the people of Louisiana.”

Senator Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina, called for restoring “sanity” to the federal recovery effort . . .

“We know this is a huge bill,” said Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona. “We don’t want to lay it on future generations” . . .

“There has never been a time where there is more total spending and more wasteful spending in Washington than we have today,” said Pat Toomey, a former Republican congressman from Pennsylvania and the head of the conservative Club for Growth. “There is ample opportunity to find the offsets we need so that this does not have to be a fiscal disaster as well as a natural disaster” . . .

“Katrina breaks my heart,” said Representative Mike Pence, Republican of Indiana and chairman of a caucus of more than 100 House Republicans who advocate conservative spending policy. “Congress must do everything the American people expect us to do to meet the needs of families and communities affected by Katrina. But we must not let Katrina break the bank for our children and grandchildren.”

So, yes, I am raising an eyebrow at the President.



  1. Oh, come on… What’s another $200 billion?


    Comment by Troy — September 16, 2005 @ 2:34 pm

  2. Now Now, if the Feds can spend 14+ B$ on the Boston Tunnel Project, then why can’t they help out New Orleans/LA as well?!

    After 36 years, one would think someone would have smacked someone else upside the head by now… the original estimate in 1969 was 2.6B$, its current price tag hits around 14.6B$ (and that isn’t including annual maintenance).

    Now, I’m wondering how a 14.6B$ tunnel (costing approx. 1.87B$ per mile) is going to benefit a person like me, in Chicago. I have never been to Boston, nor will I likely go to Boston much, if at all. I am not really sure why federal funds went to the project, but I have a feeling that Ted *hic* Kennedy is one of the reasons I’m helping to pay for his tunnel.

    So, in light of that, I say let the Feds rebuild New Orleans before the costs of rebuilding skyrocket out of control and end up costing 5.6x what the original estimate is (that’d be approx. 337B$ – 1.1T$, if it took as long as Boston’s tunnel project).

    Or, as our good ol’ Illinoisian Dennis Hastert suggested, let’s just abandon the city and rebuild somewhere cheaper.

    I’ve got an idea..while all these folks are out of work, why not have them rebuild the city. I’m sure that would save a lot on labor costs if they convinced the NO citizens to help in the effort. Set up some tents for living quarters, provide meals, give everyone a shovel, and suspend debts. Wow, I bet that would save a ton of ca$h….. I bet we could get Feed the Children to bring food for the effort….

    *lights up crack pipe and breaths deep*

    Comment by Andrew P. — September 17, 2005 @ 4:27 am

  3. I feel for them, I really do. But if Bush thinks he can tax me more for someone else’s mistake he should think again, He’s acting like one of those parents who wants to do everything for their kids to the point that the kids never learn responsibility, if they can’t clean up their own spilled milk then they should get their act together and learn how.

    Comment by Alistair A. — September 19, 2005 @ 4:37 pm

  4. It’s worth studying the famous hurricane at the turn of the last century to point out that Galveston was basically wiped out, and Houston (you know, more inland) therefore sensibly emerged as the metropolis in southeast Texas.

    New Orleans was an incredibly dumb place to build a city, and that’s not really a secret anymore. What is even more dumb is to keep rebuilding in the same location – repeating history. Republicans, insert your French joke here.

    Besides, if Andrew hasn’t noticed already – Halliburton’s got the contract! Duh!

    Comment by Matt — September 20, 2005 @ 3:33 pm

  5. BTW I think the big dig also had its share of problems becuase it was a big project in Boston, and it’d be pretty haaard to get that kind of wicked bad project outs a da way wittout tha help of youze union guys, ya know?

    Comment by Matt — September 20, 2005 @ 3:35 pm

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