TCA (my initials)

August 30, 2007

waste

Filed under: Doodling — TCA @ 10:09 pm

I feel that I should be wearing a hazmat suit when I’m reading the news headlines of the day–I feel that otherwise I’ll drown in a tsunami of toxic waste.

The White House–the name is pure irony–generates more toxicity than all of the factory hog farms in the USA. Toxic lagoons of the mind. The White House and U.S. Congress are spewing record amounts of waste.

Have you read the novel Catch-22 by Joseph Heller? Have you seen the movie based on the novel? Yes? Good. The Great Iraq Swindle… Catch-22 is scarcely an exaggeration.

The Iraq war is costing the U.S. $10 billion dollars per month. The $50 billion extra that Bush is currently demanding could instead be spent on building levees around New Orleans capable of withstanding hurricanes. Maybe a contractor from the Netherlands could be hired to replace the inept U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. New Orleans is no better protected against flooding today than it was two years ago.

“Many are still struggling on the Gulf Coast. But casino and real estate investors are living large–thanks to Republican officials” in neighboring Mississippi. That’s the gist of Tim Shorrock’s article in Salon.

The $23.5 billion in federal funding that Mississippi’s governor and its two Republican senators managed to obtain was unprecedented in scope for a state recovering from a natural disaster. But the distribution of the $4 billion the state obtained specifically to help residents rebuild their housing, thanks to [Governor Haley] Barbour, has been badly skewed toward wealthy homeowners.

Under the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program, 70 percent of the funds are supposed to be allocated to low- and moderate-income people. But the governor successfully lobbied to waive that requirement, undercutting its impact on Katrina survivors. As a result, only 25 percent of the money has reached the poorer segments of the population. Renters, who make up 40 percent of the population in some sections of the coast, have received nothing. “Only a minuscule fraction has actually gotten into the hands of those that need it most,” said [civil rights lawyer Reilly] Morse.

Had enough? There’s lots more if you can stand reading it.

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