Sunday, September 11, 2005

Accountability in Gulf of Mexico;

waste, fraud and abuse in Iraq

Now that F. Me Sensenbrenner has made it clear what his three criteria are for appropriations -- accountability, accountability and accountability -- it is safe to assume he won't be voting to spend any more money on the war in Iraq.

The US has spent $200-billion so far in that nation of 26 million people. That's about $7700 per capita, by my estimation, with a lot more to come. Sensenbrenner thought the Karina relief was too much, when it came it at about $8,500 per person. (Using F. Up math, he wrongly calculated it at $119,000 per.)

Not enough accountability, he said, voting no. Fraud, waste and abuse.

Excuse me, but isn't this the same guy who keeps voting for money for the Iraq war. I don't remember his outrage over this report:

Audit: U.S. lost track of $9 billion in Iraq funds
Pentagon, Bremer dispute inspector general's report
Monday, January 31, 2005

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Nearly $9 billion of money spent on Iraqi reconstruction is unaccounted for because of inefficiencies and bad management, according to a watchdog report published Sunday.

An inspector general's report said the U.S.-led administration that ran Iraq until June 2004 is unable to account for the funds.

"Severe inefficiencies and poor management" by the Coalition Provisional Authority has left auditors with no guarantee the money was properly used," the report said.
I don't recall a peep from F. or his defenders. This case was real, not hypothetical.

Why do you suppose that is?


At 8:00 PM, Blogger XOut said...

So the point is... ummm... that one good boondoggle deserves another? Even if the new boondoggle is 6 times more?

He voted for the first $10 billion for direct aid and says he would approve directed appropriations as we move forward. Seems reasonable to me. He isn’t saying he doesn’t support funding. He is arguing that sending billions into places like Louisiana, especially New Orleans, where fraud is epidemic, without a plan or direct accountability, is a mistake.

It would appear that you support turning on the federal spigot and spraying money all over the problem without stopping to assess the purpose. That’s why you are a liberal I guess.

At 12:50 AM, Blogger Xoff said...

No rush, I guess. Those folks in Louisiana can wait a few more weeks. They're probably better off now anyway, as Barbara says.


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