Tancredo to Gulf Coast - Drop Dead
(The J Train here again.)
GOP presidential longshot Tom Tancredo (R.-My Ass) plumbed previously unexplored levels of chutzpah today as he told those freeloading Katrina victims that it's time to get off the Federal teat.
GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Tom Tancredo (Colo.) said Friday it is “time the taxpayer gravy train left the New Orleans station” and urged an end to the federal aid to the region that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina two years ago.
“The amount of money that has been wasted on these so-called ‘recovery’ efforts has been mind-boggling,” said Tancredo, who is running a long-shot presidential campaign. “Enough is enough.”
Citing administration figures, the lawmaker said that $114 billion has been spent on the effort to rebuild a large stretch of the Gulf Coast after the storm hit New Orleans in August 2005 and claimed more than 1,600 lives.
“At some point, state and local officials and individuals have got to step up to the plate and take some initiative,” said Tancredo. “The mentality that people can wait around indefinitely for the federal taxpayer to solve all their worldly problems has got to come to an end.”
For those scoring at home, $114 billion is about half of the supplemental bill for Iraq that Bush is getting ready to request (~$200 billion). Which is on top of the $500 billion we've already spent in Iraq.
The federal government has covered the Gulf Coast in a sticky brown substance, all right, but it ain't gravy.