According to Vanity Fair, THE GOVERNMENT can not account for $1.2 B. Every contractor must submit an itemized bill which is subject to arbitration. The government can not pay off on anything that is documented.<quoted text>
Both New Orleans and NY/NJ were hit awfully hard, Rogue. It's your notion that this is just a matter of one wanting more than the other? Compare the populations of N.O. and NY/NJ, and the number of structures affected. That may give you an inkling of why the financial burden may be higher up north. Add inflation of atg least 20% since New Orleans.
As to wasted aid and scams, why don't you query Halliburton. According to Vanity Fair, over $1.2 billion are still unaccounted for. Oh, you can't really ask them, now can you? Halliburton has relocated to Saudi Arabia. Wonder why?
A lot of money was given to local Iraqi governments in hopes they will be our friends. But they are only our friends while we are giving them money.
Halliburton relocated to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for several reasons one of which is lower corporate taxes and the next is they are an INTERNATIONAL oil services company and they have many customers in that area. And there is perhaps another reason is they can not be frog marched into Congress by you Democrats.
How many times has Congress investigated price fixing by oil companies? How many times have they found evidence of price fixing? Ah, never with American companies. But OPEC does fix the price of oil and they control over 50% of all exported oil.