Monday, September 19, 2005

Corruption in Louisiana

When I was on the radio last week I made a throwaway remark about Louisiana being a badly managed, corrupt state. I realized later that most of the listeners probably had no idea what I was talking about. Well, thanks to a post at Captain's Quarters, I found this little gem.

On Saturday the Los Angeles Times revealed that officials in Louisiana's Department of Homeland Security had been indicted before Katrina hit. They are charged with misappropriating money given to the state by FEMA. As much as $60m is unaccounted for.

It won't shock me at all to learn that the floodwalls failed due to the use of inferior materials and that someone pocketed the savings.