October 18, 2005

Our tax dollars at work:

From the Boston Herald:

BOURNE – Hurricane Katrina evacuees hastily handed $2,000 in federal relief money last month have been living it up on Cape Cod, blowing cash on booze and strippers, a Herald investigation has found.

Herald reporters witnessed blatant public drinking at a Falmouth strip mall by Katrina victims living at taxpayer expense at Camp Edwards on Otis Air Force Base. And strippers at Zachary's nightclub in Mashpee, a few miles from the Bourne base, report giving lap dances to several evacuees.
On Oct. 5, the Herald observed a virtual parade of evacuees from a bus stop in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Falmouth to nearby liquor stores. Some emerged and openly swilled from brown-bagged containers, while others poured booze into jugs or plastic cups and casually sipped drinks at the Wal-Mart bus stop.
Last Tuesday, one 52-year-old evacuee, who told a reporter he was originally from Cuba, stood in the rain outside Wal-Mart for several hours drinking gin and orange juice from a thermos. The same day, a female evacuee bought ice at a supermarket and roughly $30 worth of hard liquor before being driven in a car back to Camp Edwards. Evacuees are banned from bringing booze onto the base.

One Camp Edwards source said evacuees swiped liquor off shelves at the U.S. Coast Guard store on the base and drank it in the aisles.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued more than $1.5 billion to 607,000 Katrina victims in the form of individual cash handouts of $2,000. There are no restrictions on how the money can be spent, FEMA officials said.

I don't know if I'm angry, sad or just don't give a dam. Sure, the money is supposed to be going toward neccessities like food, clothing and maybe putting down a rent payment on a room somewhere. But, the way I sees it, they were given the cash to spend as they saw fit and they'll make their choices.

I just hope they know better than to come staggering out when the tempory camp closes, crying that all the money's gone. Sorry, Chumley, but you could've made quite a few cans of tuna salad sandwiches for the cost of that third lap dance.

Full article is here.

Posted by Tuning Spork at October 18, 2005 08:46 PM | TrackBack

Hey genious, if you had just lost everything you had to a natural disaster and then had been abandoned by a callous racist government to sit for four days with no food, no water, no medical supplies in a filthy, feces-covered football stadium, wouldn't you need a drink too? Try having a little EMPATHY.

Posted by: Jerome at October 27, 2005 02:57 PM

Hmmm. So, yer "Larry" when ya wanna say something agreeable and "Jerome" when ya wanna go all snarky on me. Kewl! Wish I'd thoughta that!

Posted by: Tuning Spork at October 27, 2005 09:39 PM

Jerome's a satire troll, right? Gotta be.

What really makes me sad is that idiots like this are going to color people's views of the evacuees in general, and I know from experience that many of them wanted nothing more than a chance to find a job, a permanent roof, and a chance to move on.

Posted by: Brian B at October 28, 2005 01:13 PM
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