2005-09-19

"fiscal conservatives" and post-Katrina rebuilding

A few days ago the NYT had an article reporting on rising concern among Republican "fiscal conservatives" in Congress about the costs of rebuilding after Katrina. The reason for the shudder quotes is that, judging by Congress's spending of late, I'm seriously doubt there are many genuine fiscal conservatives left. I find it patently offensive that objections are being raised to paying for the recovery costs from Katrina after so much pork has been approved in this Congress, and I have to wonder why concerns are being voiced now about justifiable spending on a recovery when they were not raised (or not so vocally) about the unjustifiable — for a fiscal conservative! — pork. Maybe my pessimism shows through here, but I can't help wonder if it's because the beneficiaries of this money will be, many of them, poor, black and Democrats, in contrast to the members of Congress who benefit most from the pork. If there was an honest concern about spending levels in the wake of Katrina, true fiscal conservatives should be using the spending that the recovery demands as leverage to roll-back pork-barrel spending that's already been passed, not to let the pork slide while withholding money from the recovery efforts.

1 Comments:

Blogger R. Scott Buchanan said...

At least the Only President We Got has issued an order suspending Davis-Bacon, so big bidness (as we call it down on the Gulf coast) can afford to pay for the recovery by not having to pay employees in the disaster area diddly-squat.

Oh, and the big bidness in question is KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton. Good to know we're looking out for the little guy on this one.

20 September, 2005 09:26  

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