Letters to the Editor – onlineby Tucson Citizen on Jul. 08, 2006, under Opinion
Shock over Katrina waste is shocking
Much is being made lately of the allegation that $2 billion has been wasted in the wake of Katrina through fraud and abuse.
Apparently, none of those making such reports shares my opinion that anytime you throw large amounts of money in the trough, the pigs will be attracted.
The shock expressed over such waste reminds me of the line from the movie “Casablanca” where the French police chief expresses his “shock” over learning about gambling in Humphrey Bogart’s night club.
Disaster response beyond maintaining law and order is not an appropriate government function.
This should be handled locally, mostly by private entities such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, churches, insurance companies, etc.
Any time government strays from its proper role of protecting our liberties, we should expect fraud, waste and abuse. I am “shocked” that anyone would think otherwise.
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