Tancredo slams Katrina spending
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.”
I agree with him on the Katrina gravy train. Two years after Katrina, I am still stunned to read about people who are still drawing some kind of federal assistance money, such as living rent-free, thanks to taxpayers' money, and still complaining whenever the government tries to end their handouts. Two years is more than enough time for people to put their lives back together, and I agree with Tancredo that the taxpayer should not be seen as the perpetual sugar daddy.
Personally I am convinced that, if allowed, the professional 'Katrina victims' want to make their handouts permanent entitlements, that will continue for generations. After all, if we make excuses for people because their ancestors several generations back were slaves, why not offer that same advantage to descendants of Katrina victims?
But kudos to Tom Tancredo. He is hitting all the right notes, speaking truths that the other candidates avoid.
Even if Tancredo is a 'long shot candidate' as the old media never tire of telling us, his candidacy is a way to get a conservative message out there, because the 'leading' candidates are too timid or too subservient to stray outside the PC boundaries. We have become so unaccustomed to hearing a politician speak truth that we are shocked by what should be an everyday event.
I do hope that Tancredo, as a result of this candidacy, will gain in visibility and in influence, politically; there are far too few conservatives in national positions, and even fewer who have the kind of commitment to the pro-border enforcement cause that Tancredo has.