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Tancredo on Bush's spending plans

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With a disaster this size, no program is sacrosanct, no cost-cutting is off the table. What Americans know is that we in Congress-like them-need to balance our budget. We need to take a long look at reducing farm subsidies, at hacking pork barrel projects, even at across-the-board cuts.
I am sorry that I cannot agree with my colleague Leader Delay who said we're running a lean government. Republicans weren't put in office to be satisfied with the size of our government. If there's any of our '94 fervor left, we'll do better...

Tancredo: Katrina Aid to feds, not corrupt locals

Here's a letter Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) wrote to House Speaker Dennis Hastert:

Given the abysmal failure of state and local officials in Louisiana to plan adequately for or respond to the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans, and given the long history of public corruption in Louisiana, I hope the House will refrain from directly appropriating any funds from the public treasury to either the state of Louisiana or the city of New Orleans. Instead, reconstruction and relief funds dedicated to the people of New Orleans should be administered by a private organization or a select committee similar to the historic Truman Commission.
Public corruption is a well known problem in Louisiana. The head of the FBI in New Orleans just this past year described the state's public corruption as "epidemic, endemic, and entrenched. No branch of government is exempt." Over the last thirty years, a long list of Louisiana politicians have been convicted of crimes; the list includes a governor, an attorney general, an elections commissioner, an agriculture commissioner, three successive insurance commissioners, a congressman, a federal judge, a State Senate president, six other state legislators, and a host of appointed officials, local sheriffs, city councilmen, and parish police jurors. Given the documented public corruption in the state, I am not confident that Louisiana officials can be trusted to administer federal relief aid...

The (at this point in time tasteless but what the hey) joke from Congressman Billy Tauzin might shed a clue as to why this is a good idea: "One half of Louisiana is under water and the other half is under indictment."

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