RJ Eskow of Night Light posed this question on his blog earlier today – Is the SBA the Next Scandal?. According to the Associated Press, Bush’s Small Business Administration not only mismanaged the disbursement of funds meant for small businesses harmed by September 11, but publicized one audit while concealing another in order to make their record appear better than it actually was. Republican Senator Olympia Snowe calls the situation “nothing short of an outrage.” And what did SBA head Hector Barreto do before he got this job? Why, he raised a lot of money for Republican campaigns. Obviously the SBA doesn’t play the same life-saving role FEMA does, but there are echoes of the FEMA scandal in the mismanagement … Continue reading
EDITOR’S NOTE: If you missed Part 1 of our series, A Republican’s Insight, you can catch it here (note Part 1, outlines various topics of this series). Many thanks to Donnie from Houma, LA for sharing his insight with The Democratic Daily in this special series. Part 2 – A Republican’s insight: Is there a chance for a Democratic foothold in the south? Donnie from Houma, LA: This is part two of this series. I’m sure that part one is going to send some GOP members into a complete state of shock. When their shock and rage wear off, there are going to be people, I don’t know, that will hate and despise me in just the same way that … Continue reading
The SBA appears to be the next FEMA. Slow going, stalling and coverups appear to the standard of late with the SBA (more on that in while). Days after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, “Senators Kerry and Landrieu wrote to SBA Administrator Barreto asking him to extend the deadline for the SBA’s Physical Disaster Loans by six months.” They have yet to have received an answer… WASHINGTON — Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.) today repeated their call for the Small Business Administration to extend the deadline for small-business owners affected by Hurricane Katrina to file applications for disaster loans.
From John Kerry’s Journal on his Senate website: Yesterday, I traveled to Louisiana to deliver emergency supplies to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to generous contributions from many Massachusetts-based and national corporations, a 757-jet was sent full of food, water, children’s shoes, toiletries and other emergency items for the people of the Gulf Coast. The jet — donated by the UPS for the relief flight — took off from Logan airport and arrived in Lafayette, Louisiana, where the goods were loaded up and distributed to centers in New Iberia (near Lafayette) and Baker (near Baton Rouge). The UPS said the payload of the plane was 48,000 pounds.
Turnabout is fair play… In referring to abstinence only programs, James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth said, “Never in recent history has so much government money been put into so many programs with so little oversight and so little proven impact.” Two organizations that promote sex education are taking an unorthodox approach in their fight against federal funding of abstinence-only education programs.
Governor Blanco took matters into her own hands today, as signed a contract with “Kenyon International Emergency Services after the company threatened to pull out of the state for lack of a formal contract with anyone.” In what appears to be more of the who’s supposed to be doing what – blame game (so named by Spin Control Central), FEMA spokesman David Passey “said FEMA had expected Louisiana from the beginning to take the lead in the collection of bodies and FEMA was satisfied that the state had signed a contract with the company.” But, “Blanco said FEMA’s failure to sign a contract with Kenyon had slowed the entire recovery process. She spoke ahead of a meeting with a group … Continue reading
Washington really failed the American people on this one. The number of babies with dangerous levels of mercury in their blood has doubled. This is a simple question of right and wrong. Mercury pollution must be controlled better and faster. It’s unacceptable to allow President Bush to give the industry a pass when our children will pay the price. Continue reading
John Kerry is expected to offer the Kerry-Landrieu Small Business Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Amendment today on the Senate Floor today. C-Span 2 is broadcasting the Senate session. Below is an advance copy of the summary of the amendment: Kerry-Landrieu Small Business Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Amendment Deferred Payments on SBA Disaster Loans: Disaster loan borrowers (homeowners or businesses) would have a two-year period after receiving a disaster loan before they would need to begin making interest and principal payments on the loan — as we did for 9-11 victims. Refinancing of Existing Disaster Loans and Business Debt: Many small businesses in the Hurricane Katrina disaster zone are paying off existing disaster loans or other business debt. This provision would … Continue reading