Via Noel Sheppard at the American Thinker:
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) was unhappy last Friday night. After sparring with Senate Republicans, including her counterpart from Louisiana, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), she didn’t get what she wanted â€“ $15 billion in hurricane-related loans to her state without any strings attached. No matter how much she gets for her state, it’s never enough.
Now, don’t get me wrong, she did get some money — $750 million to be exact. But the recipients are going to have to pay it back, and that’s not what Landrieu wanted. She felt that given everything Louisianans have gone through, these loans should have been totally forgivable, meaning that if the recipients didn’t want to reimburse America’s taxpayers, they didn’t have to.
Doesn’t that make it a grant and not a loan, or am I parsing words?
Regardless, it’s not like there hasn’t been a significant amount of money already approved by Congress and the President to go to this region’s recovery efforts, unless you don’t consider $62 billion (that’s billion with a “b”) significant. And, given that this represents more than three times the amount of federal income taxes collected from Louisiana residents and businesses in 2004, this is certainly not chump change.
Read the whole thing and see if you’re not shaking your head at the end of it. Don’t be surprised to read quotes of hers in the future along the lines of “we’re starving kids and the elderly” and other such typical nonsense that we see out of DC Democrats when they don’t get the money they want.