Friday, June 26, 2009

Screwing the Victims

Good Ole Boy Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is misusing Katrina Recovery funds meant for housing to rebuild the port of Gulfport. Or, as he puts it, he's "redirecting" the funds meant to provide permanent housing for those who lost their homes to the storm .




Mississippi civil rights and housing groups sued the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development yesterday to stop the distribution of nearly $600 million in Hurricane Katrina relief aid to expand the Port of Gulfport, as sought by Gov. Haley Barbour (R).

Filed in federal court in the District, the lawsuit alleges that the money is part of $5.5 billion approved by Congress for Mississippi after the August 2005 storm — emergency relief that was supposed to pay largely for affordable housing. But HUD granted waivers allowing the state to use 21 percent of the money for low-income housing, instead of 50 percent as required for Katrina aid channeled through the Community Development Block Grant program, plaintiffs charged.

In a January letter to Barbour, then-HUD Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson wrote that he shared concerns that the port expansion “does indeed divert emergency federal funding from other more pressing recovery needs, most notably affordable housing.”

Congress, however, “allows me little discretion,” Jackson wrote. He approved the funding shift before resigning in April.

Barbour’s office released a statement saying the port project is part of the state’s recovery program that was vetted by Congress. “It’s always been in the plan,” Barbour said. “Restoration of the Port of Gulfport is critical to recovery of the Gulf Coast from the worst natural disaster in American history.”


Found at New Orleans News Ladder.

1 comment:

New Orleans Ladder said...

I'm tollin'ya, Oh, Ms Judy B!

We call him Haley Babar...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babar_the_Elephant
But you know, if he runs for President, Obama gonna have to learn how to play Bourré.
Really, Haley is Heavy. Old School.
He is racking Iowa like a game of 9 Ball. Don't get me started. You got me started.
Let's say he gets our Child-Governor Jindal to run a double Gov trick. Hmmmm? You aren't going to see Babar frattin'wit the likes of Lipstick Pig Palin. No mam. He might get lucky and snag a woman VP but, Jindal is the closest to that right now... and he performed an Exorcism in college. Poor girl just wanted to step out of the prayer group and go to the bathroom and they all thought she was possessed. But I digress.
I toll'ya not to get me started.
OK In case you don'beeleeve me...
[The crucifix had a calming effect on Susan, and her sister was soon brave enough to bring a Bible to her face. At first, Susan responded to biblical pas­sages with curses and profanities. Mixed in with her vile attacks were short and desperate pleas for help. In the same breath that she attacked Christ, the Bible's authenticity, and everyone assembled in prayer, Susan would suddenly urge us to rescue her. It appeared as if we were observing a tremendous battle between the Susan we knew and loved and some strange evil force. But the momentum had shifted and we now sensed that victory was at hand.]
http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2008/06/11/jindals_exorcism/
Poor dammed Susan, just needed to pee... pppoor us? You think they gonna let us pee? Think again sista.

But Babar, he is what they call in business circles: "pragmatic". Scary indeed and just so lovable it makes me want to roast puppies.
There are people in my family that may name their next child Haley, once they get through all the soap stars.
He is a Next Golden Thing with God's own Rolodex. He makes cheesy newcomers like BreauLotts look like, well, cheesy newcomers. Babar rules. Ewe.
You know ya'can only have so much fun with an Cartoon Elephant Emperor.

Thanks youz,
fo'puddin up'wit me,
Editilla~New Orleans Ladder