a startling example of FEMA/Katrina waste
From Kerry Howley in Reason...
In September 2005, following the worst natural disaster in American history, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began distributing $2,000 debit cards to Hurricane Katrina’s neediest victims. The cards carried a note saying they were not to be used for alcohol, tobacco, or firearms. But the cards said nothing about $800 monogrammed handbags.
“We’ve seen three of the cards,” an employee of a Louis Vuitton store near Atlanta, Georgia, told the New York Daily News soon after the cards were issued. “This has been since Saturday.”