Reality and Sanity

June 17, 2006

LA Times Thinks Irresponsible Spending of FEMA Relief by Katrina Victims Not Their Fault

Filed under: Bias? What bias?, General Nonsense — Paul @ 11:03 pm

I do hope Patterico gets over his Coulter obsession long enough to see this ridiculous LA Times editorial: A hurricane of fraud?

MOVE OVER, RECKLESS CONSUMERS. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has outdone your irresponsible spending by racking up a debit card bill so outrageous it could have been created using Mad Libs. Sex-change operations, vacations to the Dominican Republic and wild nights at strip clubs were all bought on the government's dime by both con artists and legitimate victims of Hurricane Katrina. But try to keep that knee from jerking — although FEMA's oversight was lacking, wasted money is an inevitable byproduct of providing rapid emergency assistance.

Here's the final paragraph:

It's easy, and necessary, to criticize FEMA's across-the-board incompetence in responding to the largest displacement of Americans since the Civil War. But obsessing about the spending habits of refugees comes perilously close to blaming the victim.

So they would give practicers of fraud and con artists a free pass? Just because someone survived a hurricane does not give that person free reign to commit crimes. We're not blaming the victim, we're condemning the crooks, LA Times Editorial Board.

With this editorial, the Slimes is coming awfully close to endorsing criminal activity.


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