New 'New Deal'
'That's a good start, but victims need more,' Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said..."
Some stats on previous natural disaster spending:
$15.5 billion - total spent from all levels of government on the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake
$14 billion - total spent on last year's Florida hurricanes
$10.8 billion - spent on Hurricane Andrew in 1992
So Katrina is already seeing five times the gov't. money as the LA earthquake, and that's just the beginning. I don't want to downplay a tragedy here, but these things happen all the time and those homeless families don't get this kind of money thrown at them. As John Hammer, editor of the Rhino Times, pointed out last week,
"It is a tragedy that people are homeless, but they are no more or less homeless than those people who were flooded out by the Mississippi River during the Clinton administration. Nor are they any more homeless that the people of Princeville, or other towns in eastern North Carolina who were flooded out by Hurricane Floyd."
Could all this money-throwing perhaps have something to do with Bush's latest approval ratings???