"When can we expect the Administration to state its goals, including describing whether and when they intend to have previous residents of New Orleans return?"
Over at TMP cafe, Reed Hunt (who served as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, 1993-97) proposes talking points for Democrats on the reconstruction of New Orleans. My only misgiving is that it shouldn't just be the Democrats asking these questions. Anyone who cares about property rights, up to and including the otherwise evil archconservative Pacific Legal Foundation should be asking question number 4.
Simply have to investigate, expose to plain sight, reform the Administration's method of reconstruction in the Gulf.
- Who is in charge? Surely DHS [Department of Homeland Security] is inappropriate. Who is the person who will be held accountable for spending the money?
- Why is any sole source contract let? Is there no way to conduct competitive bids in a hurry?
- Why can't retired business persons, with real management experience, take charge of reconstruction?
- When can we expect the Administration to state its goals, including describing whether and when they intend to have previous residents of New Orleans return?
- Can't we have on-line an accounting of all money spent, to be sure that political lobbying isn't playing a role?
- What will HHS, Veteran's Affairs, SBA, and each other agency do? Shouldn't each be subject to oversight on a continual basis, not after the money is spent?
(See also my post FEMA Needs to Tell People What It Intends for Their Homes.)