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LA Times Gets Close to Saying It’s OK to Waste Taxpayer Money

The Los Angeles Times wrote an editorial yesterday (may require free registration) that said, “FEMA did mismanage (hurricane) Katrina relief, but it’s wrong to blame victims for spending irresponsibly.” They admit that 16% of expenditures being improper is admittedly high for a federal aid program compared to such programs as food stamps (5.9%) or unemployment insurance (10.1%), and then go on to claim that disaster relief “comes at the price of reduced efficiency." The editorial closes by saying that “obsessing about the spending habits of refugees comes perilously close to blaming the victims.”

Hey, LA Times, how about the issue of personal responsibility?