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Fox - How Is Bush Administration Going To Pay For Rebuilding After Katrina?

Reported by Donna - September 19, 2005

Today on Studio B with Shepard Smith, it was announced several times during the hour that President Bush differs from the mayor of New Orleans on the proper timing of the return of some evacuees.

This seemed to be the message of the day on Fox, but we did hear from Greg Kelly, who was at the White House with his report on how the Bush Administration is going to pay for Katrina.

Kelly reported that the rescue efforts and rebuilding will cost hundreds of billions of dollars. He said that the administration has few answers for how they are going to pay for this. The administration did say that they have ruled out a tax hike. They are going to cut unnecessary spending, but no specific programs were mentioned.

In ending his report, Kelly said that Bill Clinton was on 'one of those Sunday talk shows' and said that the reconstruction effort seemed to be tailored for the middle class and overlooked the poor. He said that President Clinton also maintained that the poor did better under his administration than it did under Republican Administrations.

Comment: Stay on message, stay on message. I don't know how many times we heard that President Bush differed from the New Orleans Mayor on returning people to their homes in certain sections of New Orleans. Does the Bush Administration know something that they haven't shared with the mayor? One of the areas slated for return is a suburb that didn't receive any flood water and they also have drinkable water and electricity.

I found it so comforting that the Bush Administration has no idea of how they are going to pay for Katrina, but they assured the rich of this country that they have ruled out any tax hikes. And what 'unnecessary spending' might they be talking about?

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