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Cajun Pigs at the Trough
Posted by: Jon Henke on Tuesday, January 24, 2006

You recall Louisiana's post-Katrina plea for federal subsidy, right? They submitted a bill "$250 billion in recovery funds for [Louisiana] alone" with "an estimated $180 billion" of that money in the form of "direct federal spending"; and all of that on top of the initial $62.3 billion spent on disaster relief.

This is how careful they'll be with your money...
Shortly after the two hurricanes, Gov. Kathleen Blanco decided to renovate some of her staff's offices. At the time of her decision, Blanco also was hinting at deep budget cuts to state programs and the possibility of laying off 20 percent of the state workforce.

The project cost $564,838.

The newly refurbished office space on the sixth floor of the State Capitol includes hookups and mounts for two flat screen televisions, Swedish granite countertops, walnut paneling and frosted laminated glass. The floor, which will not be accessible to the public, was redesigned to add three new offices, a conference room and file storage areas.
The Governor's office argues that the project was bid prior to the hurricane or it would have been much lower priority.

Because, in government calculus, Swedish granite countertops are a higher priority than flood protection before the flood, while flood protection is a higher priority that Swedish granite countertops after everything is already flooded.

That is how careful the State of Louisiana will be with your tax money. Just so you know. (story via Get Liberty)
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Previous Comments to this Post 

I wonder whether there’s any money earmarked for a study on whether it’s better to close the barn door before or after the horse runs away.
Written By: Steverino
Yawn. Like every other crooked senator from every crooked state hasnt been feeding off the Peoples Trough for years? What about Bushcos Wackenhut buddies, or Halliburton? What about delay making deals with Russia? And Abramoff selling Arms to pro-israel groups? What about that? What about Bushes backloadded Taxes? What about ALL the TAX dollars spent in FLorida, and those SAME people rebuild right back on the Coast, AGAIN AND AGAIN? What about that? Your Blog is useless as wet toilet paper, and only serves to inflame "groups"

Crisis managment, blame game and spin. Is that ALL you KNOW?
Written By: mr ho
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WTF, Mr ho? This has nothing to do with the group to which the players belonged, and everything to do with the perverse incentive structure of the government that makes this kind of thing unavoidable. I highlighted one particular example of government inefficiency. If you don’t like it, there’s millions more.
Written By: Jon Henke
WTF, Mr ho?

You don’t recognize the latest incarnation of our favorite banned anti-Semite, Jon?

You must have missed this one on another message:
Free market? make me laugh.

If the name of the BLOG lies, then the BLOG itself is a lie.
Sound familiar?
Written By: McQ
Hey, it’s nice to see Don Ho out of the hospital...come on, Mr Ho, let’s hear "Tiny Bubbles"
Written By: Steverino
I thought Mr Ho was a joke until I read the comments after
Written By: Morgyman
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Because, in government calculus, Swedish granite countertops are a higher priority than flood protection before the flood, while flood protection is a higher priority that Swedish granite countertops after everything is already flooded.

Hah! Friggin’ brilliant.

Written By: PogueMahone
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HELL YEAH! Thats how we done it fer years in cajun country cher! First Huey Long, then Edwin Edwards and now Naggin, Blanco, and Landrue. It is Louisiana politics that turned me into a libertarian.
Written By: Kyle N
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Some possible defenses of this expenditure:

1. We don’t know how often the renovations are done. Maybe it really was a 1960’s relic of an office. (I doubt this.)

2. The contract had been signed before the flooding. While we understand then govenrment might need that money, it also should honor the contract, especially if the vendor had already bought materials, etc. Shouldn’t punish the company who won the contract due to the weather.

3. Maybe Swedish granite is the cheapest in the world, or just a great value. After all, with free trade you really shouldn’t worry about country of origin, but just get the best deal.
Written By: Harun
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Some possible defenses of this expenditure:
I’ve no doubt that government offices need some sort of upkeep. I question whether they need that kind of upkeep. I addressed the pre-post hurricane nature of the contract in the post.
Written By: Jon Henke

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