Katrina: A Whirlwind of Free Spending

Nothing gets me riled up more than unnecessary government meddling in personal and trade affairs. Except maybe one thing. And that's unnecessary government spending in the first place. Politics aside, we can all agree that when the Feds award contracts with limited or no competition or specify dole-outs to protected minority groups over others, taxpayers suffer. The most blatant example of government waste and free spending of late is not Iraq. Rather, it's Katrina relief and rebuilding. According to CNN, the government is investigating "The propriety of four no-bid contracts together worth $400 million to Shaw Group Inc., Bechtel Group Inc., CH2M Hill Companies Ltd., and Fluor Corp. that were awarded without competition." But it gets worse. The complete "tally for Hurricane Katrina waste could top $2 billion next year because half of the lucrative government contracts valued at $500,000 or greater for cleanup work are being awarded with little competition." If I were George Bush, I'd have a hard time sleeping at night knowing the waste going on in my back yard. But then again, President Bush has proven that he's a RINO (Republican in Name Only) when it comes to spending. Anyone -- Obama included -- would take this issue more seriously.

Jason Busch

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