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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 06:39 PM
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"This was a huge storm." says Mr.bush@ press conference (Katrina BS)
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/08/2006082...
Q Thank you, Mr. President. As you know, the one-year anniversary of Katrina is coming up. And there are a lot of retrospectives about what went wrong down there last year. Specifically, what has your administration done in the past year to help the folks down there, and what remains to be done?

THE PRESIDENT: Thanks. You know, I went to New Orleans, in Jackson Square, and made a commitment that we would help the people there recover. I also want the people down there to understand that it's going to take a while to recover. This was a huge storm.

First things -- the first thing that's necessary to help the recovery is money. And our government has committed over $110 billion to help. Of that, a lot of money went to -- went out the door to help people adjust from having to be moved because of the storm. And then there's rental assistance, infrastructure repair, debris removal. Mississippi removed about 97 percent, 98 percent of its -- what they call dry debris. We're now in the process of getting debris from the water removed. Louisiana is slower in terms of getting debris removed. The money is available to help remove that debris. People can get after it, and I would hope they would.

Q What --

THE PRESIDENT: Let me finish. Thank you.

We provided about $1.8 billion for education. That money has gone out the door. We want those schools up and running. As I understand, the schools are running now in New Orleans, a lot of schools are. Flood insurance, we're spending money on flood insurance. There is more work to be done, particularly when it comes to housing. We've spent about -- appropriated about $16 billion, $17 billion for direct housing grants to people in the Gulf Coast and in Louisiana.

I made the decision, along with the local authorities, that each state ought to develop a housing recovery plan. That's what they call the LRA in Louisiana. They're responsible for taking the federal money and getting it to the people. Same in -- Mississippi has developed its own plan.

I thought it would be best that there be a local plan developed and implemented by local folks. And so there's now, as I mentioned, $16 billion of direct housing grants. Each state has developed its own plan, how much money goes to each homeowner to help these people rebuild their lives. And so I think the area where people will see the most effect in their lives is when they start getting this individualized CDBG grant money.

Q Has anything disappointed you about the recovery, the federal response?

THE PRESIDENT: I was concerned at first about how much Congress and the taxpayers would be willing to appropriate and spend. I think $110 billion is a strong commitment, and I'm pleased with that. Any time -- I named a man named Don Powell to go down there, and the thing that's most important is for the government to eliminate any bureaucratic obstacles when we find something that's not moving quick enough.

I think, for example, about the debris removal. There was the issue of whether or not the government would pay for debris removal on private property, or not. So we worked out a plan with the local mayors and local county commissioners, local parish presidents to be able to designate certain property as a health hazard. And when they did so, then government money could pay for it. In other words, we're trying to be flexible with the rules and regulations we have to deal with.

But the place where people, I'm sure, are going to be most frustrated is whether or not they're going to get the money to rebuild their homes. And my attitude is we've appropriated the money, and now we'll work with states to get the money.

April, I suspect you have a follow-up on this.

Q Yes, I do, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: Why don't you let her go?

Q And another question, sir. The follow-up: Some have a concern that you've given all of this money, but the federal government has moved away to let the local government, particularly in New Orleans, handle everything, and things are not moving like they expected. And that's one of the concerns. And another question, if you --

THE PRESIDENT: Well, let me address that, and I promise you can ask that other one.

As I mentioned to you, the strategy from the get-go was to work with the local folks in Mississippi and Louisiana, and they would then submit their plans to the federal government, particularly for housing, and that upon approval, we would then disburse the appropriated monies -- in this case, about $17 billion for housing grants. And so each state came up with a grant formula, and I can't give you all the details. But it's -- the whole purpose is intended to get money into people's pockets to help them rebuild. And once the strategy is developed at the state and local level, it makes sense for the monies to be appropriated at the state and local level. And if there's a -- if there's a level of frustration there, we will work with the LRA in this case.

Second question.

Q Well, I have one follow-up on that. Do you think --

THE PRESIDENT: Well, how many -- are you trying to dominate this thing? (Laughter.)

Q No, sir, but I don't get a chance to talk to you as much as the others.

THE PRESIDENT: That's not -- wait a minute. (Laughter.)

Q But a follow-up real quick. Do you think that more needs to be done? Does the federal government need to put its hands on what's going on? Because New Orleans is not moving --

THE PRESIDENT: I think the best way to do this is for the federal government's representative, Don Powell, to continue to work with Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco to get the money into the hands of the people. The money has been appropriated, the formula is in place, and now it's time to move forward.


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Homer12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 06:43 PM
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1. What a lieing scum sucking hatemonger!
n/t
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 06:50 PM
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2. "a huge storm" .... like... really big? like ... a really big, bad storm?
what a JERK!!!

can he say DISASTER???

and the way they responded was a COMPLETE AND TOTAL FAILURE???

(sorry--i can't read what he said--i need to avoid his shit lately. his sound bites are hard enough for me to take these days. he infuriates me)
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 06:58 PM
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4. No, he literally cannot say the word "disaster" in any context that
includes himself and/or his Administration.
Psychological.
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 06:54 PM
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3. Maybe he should get in the plane we pay for and do another flyover
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 07:09 PM
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5. No one could have predicted that a Category 3 ...
could be so huge. LOL!
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bluedeminredstate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 07:13 PM
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6. I wonder if the fact that Mississippi's Guv
is a repuke and a former GOP chairman, not to mention a good friend of Chimpy's is helpful? Gotta get those casino towns made into high priced resorts ASAP! That is after the federal rules tell the lower socio-economic class of citizens that they can't rebuild and they ought to clean on outta there...

And Of course this is all the fault of the victims of the storm. It's because they're slow to get moving that the displaced are screwed over. Couldn't be thousands of empty FEMA trailers undelivered, rampant coruption in the so called clean-up which is just large companies "cleaning-up" on the government teat, and huge tax breaks which allow developers and tax cheats to have first dibs on what they want. When that's all settled maybe they can get around to fixing the levees and helping people get back to their homes!
:sarcasm:
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