1 comment April 26th, 2007at 10:52pm Posted by Eli

If there’s one thing that the last six years have taught me, it is that George W. Bush can always find a new depth to sink to:

The New Orleans City Business has an article on Louisiana’s effort to pressure Bush for the waiver. Though such a waiver is in the Iraq Supplemental bill which Bush will veto, we learn from the article that…

Bush also vows to veto any new funding or legislative attempt to waive the 10 percent match.

Here’s the White House justification…

The White House maintains $1 billion was provided for the 10 percent match in the $10.4 billion in community development block grants already awarded to Louisiana.

In other words Bush is saying give us back a billion of the aid we gave you and you’re good to go. Nice trick. But here is a major problem even with that…..

Bush ignores a major problem with using CDBG funds for the 10 percent match, said Landrieu spokesman Adam Sharp.

“It ignores the greater paperwork issue,” Sharp said. “Right now, each of the more than 20,000 public assistance projects require two different sets of paperwork – one for (the Department of Housing and Urban Development) to confirm that you are allowed to use CDBG funds to pay the 10 percent, and one for FEMA to confirm that disaster funds can be used for the other 90 percent. The paperwork can take months, if not years, to complete, per project. The red tape alone is enough to strangle recovery.”

Louisiana’s congressional delegation, Democrats AND Republicans alike, say they will continue to push for the waiver. Landrieu thinks the votes are there to over ride Bush’s vetoes ….

“I feel confident because the Democratic Congress is going to make sure that that happens even if the White House will not,” she said. “He can veto it. If that ever happens, I think we’ll have the votes to override him.”

I really hope Landrieu is right. I would love to see Bush show his true colors and then get overridden anyway. I can’t find the words to say how much this disgusts me. What an utter tiny-minded, petty, vindictive little bastard.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Katrina,Wankers

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  • 1. Multi Medium » NOLA&hellip  |  April 27th, 2007 at 10:29 am

    […] For those of you who are appalled at Bush’s mean-spirited coldness towards New Orleans, Senator Landrieu has an online petition to apply some citizen pressure to get legislation passed to waive the 10% requirement, and then override Bush’s veto.  Please go and sign it. And for those of you who are appalled at David Broder’s mean-spirited cluelessness towards Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic Caucus has got his back.  Even Lieberman.  David, when even Joe Lieberman tells you you’re a dishonest, ignorant hack, you might want to listen. […]

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