Hey, big spenders!
Although the reconstruction of New Orleans has been happening so slowly it's basically non-existent, the White House is asking for more than $60 billion dollars for hurricane relief.
Only thing is, the U.S. government doesn't really have $60 billion dollars right now. See, that whole ongoing quagmire in Iraq combined with the Bush tax-cuts have basically bankrupted our government. As even embattled ex-Majority Leader Tom Delay said, there's no more "fat" to scrub from the budget.
Luckily, Republicans in Congress have a plan for dealing with this massive government spending: delay a perscription drug plan for seniors and cut Medicaid, medicare, welfare, and foodstamps.
That's a brilliant idea. Only one small problem:
"Paying for hurricane relief on the backs of the poor is not going to be a winning issue for Republicans," said Democratic strategist Jim Jordan. "It's like they wake up every day determined to reinforce their own negative stereotypes."