There is a story that all the New Orleans bashers are jumping all over. It seems some of the FEMA money sent to Katrina victims was “misspent.” According to the Smoking Gun, here is a list of questionable expenditures from the GAO report.
- .45 calibre pistol–$1,300
- Gentlemen’s club–$1,200
- Diamond engagement ring–$1,100
- Bail Bond–$1,000
- Traffic tickets–$700
- Massage Parlor–$400
- Alcoholic beverages–$200
For those of you who sat in the back of math class and hoped you wouldn’t be called on, that’s a total of 7,500 bucks. Now consider that about a million people got $2,000 a piece, that’s an outlay of 2 billion dollars.
So out of a million people spending $2 billion dollars, 10 people “wasted” 7,500?? (and even some of these seem valid) Is this all they could find? Show me another federal program that efficent!
With results like this, I submit we close Congress and let the people of New Orleans make the next Federal budget.
Anyone jumping on this story really has to come to grips with the fact they are an idiot.
(Opps and a belated H/T to James at OTB