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September 05, 2005

New York Times To New Orleans: Drop Dead

So, the liberal legacy media is making a stink about budget cutbacks to Gulf flood and hurricane preparedness?

Anyone who cares about responsible budgeting and the health of America’s rivers and wetlands should pay attention to a bill now before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The bill would shovel $17 billion at the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and other water-related projects – this at a time when President Bush is asking for major cuts in Medicaid and other important domestic programs. Among these projects is a $2.7 billion boondoggle on the Mississippi River that has twice flunked inspection by the National Academy of Sciences.

The Government Accountability Office and other watchdogs accuse the corps of routinely inflating the economic benefits of its projects. And environmentalists blame it for turning free-flowing rivers into lifeless canals and destroying millions of acres of wetlands – usually in the name of flood control and navigation but mostly to satisfy Congress’s appetite for pork.

This is a bad piece of legislation.

That's from the New York Times bloviating editorial page, earlier this very year.

Click on the link for the link to the full piece. Outstanding catch, Lorie!

No wonder the New York Times charges so much for its archives. They can't have these sorts of embarassments flowing around freely.


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