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  •  Not much, I assure you (10+ / 0-)

    the stimulus money that Jindal turned down was for an extension of unemployment benefits.  

    Much of the money we need, and that is being held up, is FEMA money, because FEMA is playing hardball with many government entities about what they will, and will not, pay for.  And it is all the more infuriating that the federal government is playing hardball over rebuilding because it was the federal government's incompetence -- specifically, the incompetence and deception of the Army Corps of Engineers dating back to 1965 -- that destroyed this area.

    Just by way of example, in St. Bernard Parish, the sewerage system -- the infrastructure like pipes and treatment system -- was destroyed.  Years later, FEMA still had not paid all of the contractors who had come in and played a role in pumping and trucking sewerage out of that parish so that people, when they started to rebuild, would have a sewerage system.  Millions of dollars held up, and companies not willing to work anymore because FEMA was years behind in paying them.  And then FEMA told St. Bernard that FEMA would not pay for the new system because it would be better than the one that was destroyed -- i.e., because St. Bernard was going to, necessarily, replace the decades-old system that was destroyed with one built to today's standards.  No way, said FEMA -- you only get a system equivalent to the one that was destroyed; you can't use FEMA money to build a system to today's standards.  How stupid is that?  And that kind of thing is still going on today -- nothing changed once the Democrats took over Congress, and nothing changed once Obama became president.  

    •  I heard a hearing on this (5+ / 0-)

      on C-span a couple of weeks ago. You should have heard Maxine Waters, she was ripping the FEMA guy a new one about appropriated money that wasn't being spent. Then, being the gracious woman she is, she would apologize because the guy's only been there a couple of months, and is still dealing with unqualified appointees from the bush regime, not to mention a host of other problems.
      Nonetheless, you're correct, eveidently there is still the matter of billions of dollars appopriated by Congress specifically for rebuilding the affected areas, that FEMA is holding back for whatever stupid reason they could come up with.
      I will say that the man (whose name I cannot remember) was working to get the money flowing back again, among other things. But you know how slow the government works.

      Save the Earth! It's the only one that has chocolate.

      by skohayes on Sat Aug 29, 2009 at 04:18:21 PM PDT

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    •  Wrong (0+ / 0-)

      It is getting better and has been since the Democrats took Congress and Obama came into office.  

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