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Where Is All The Money Going For The Gulf Coast Recovery?

Reported by Donna - January 12, 2006

Today on Studio B with Shepard Smith the show began with the last part of President Bush's speech in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. After his upbeat speech (with lots of applause and again, there was no mention of who comprised the audience), Smith showed video of four towns along the Mississippi coast that were still totally devastated.

While the president admitted that the Federal Government wasn't moving fast enough it soon became apparent by just looking at the video that almost nothing had been done along the coast of Mississippi. The towns are just filled with tons and tons of debris, still, four months after the disaster.

Smith even said at one point that if you had any construction equipment to come on down. He said you would be welcomed from the town commissioners or supervisors. Then he said the key words, 'Will you get paid? No. Will you feel good? You bet.' (Paraphrased, but pretty much verbatim)

Comment: With all the no bid contracts that have been handed out and all the donated money, why are these areas being ignored? How could the president speak in the middle of all that devastation and tell these people how much progress had been made? Who was in his audience? We can get a several million dollar casino up and running but we can't haul away debris?

I've seen hundreds of volunteers down in these areas, including university students who are getting class credits for helping out, yet these areas look, as Smith said, 'Like the hurricane just happened yesterday.' It's fine for corporations to get millions in contracts, some of them no bid, but now they are asking regular citizens who work for a living to come down and not get paid?

I think it's time for a lot of compassionate conservatives to come down to the coast of Mississippi.

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