Rebuild? Or Give Money to Residents? Yes.

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It is becoming clear that the mismanagement of the immediate response to Hurricane Katrina is also continuing in the broader aftermath. Millions of dollars have been spent already on no-bid contracts, and much has already gone to companies previously suspected of mismanagement of contracts in Iraq (such as Halliburton). The high-profile case of millions being spent on under-utilized cruise-ship leases and the creation of trailer-park mini-cities are two examples of poor decision-making at the highest levels.

As we move forward, we need to insist that the federal response be corrected before millions more are wasted. As part of this effort, we should think seriously about putting rebuilding aid directly into the hands of those affected.

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