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Brock
09-07-2005, 01:04 PM
The boondoggle begins...

Katrina Victims to Get $2K Debit Cards
Sep 07 1:40 PM US/Eastern


By DEVLIN BARRETT
Associated Press Writer


WASHINGTON


The federal government plans to begin doling out debit cards worth $2,000 each to adult victims of Hurricane Katrina, The Associated Press has learned.

Homeland Security Department Secretary Michael Chertoff described the plan in a conference call with state officials Wednesday morning. The unprecedented cash card program initially will benefit stranded people who have been moved to major rescue centers such as the Houston Astrodome.

"They are going to start issuing debit cards, $2,000 per adult, today (Wednesday) at the Astrodome," said Kathy Walt, a spokeswoman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

The cards could be used to buy food, transportation, gas and other essentials, according to a state official who was on the call and requested anonymity because the program has not been publicly announced.

In Boston, Gov. Mitt Romney said the cards will be offered "to people in shelters as well as people who are not in shelters but who have evacuated the area and need help." He said the hope is the cards will encourage people to leave shelters voluntarily.

It's unclear how much the debit card program will cost the government, but it could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars since hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced.

Homeland security officials did not immediately release details of the plans after the call with governors, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency was still sorting out which individuals would be eligible.

Not everyone will qualify for a debit card, said Ed Conley, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Houston.

"For instance you may have some people who have insurance and insurance is meeting their living expenses while they have been displaced. You have some people who may be looking at an option such as a cruise ship where all of their needs are going to be met. It is going to vary by family," said Conley.

When it comes to distribution of the cards, Conley said, "we are scheduling an appointment with the family and then providing it to them."

Pitt Gorilla
09-07-2005, 01:06 PM
I don't get this. People are essentially penalized for having insurance.

Adept Havelock
09-07-2005, 04:20 PM
On the surface, the psychology of this is fairly smart. Letting those evaced feel like they have a little control and power over what happens to them may lessen the long term psychological impact a bit.
Just don't over do it, and let it become a monster long term entitlement program.

Between the WOT and Katrina, I do believe psychiatrists will be doing massive business treating PTSD.

Halfcan
09-07-2005, 05:21 PM
Red Cross is allready giving cards with $1500 on it.

vailpass
09-07-2005, 05:23 PM
And the crack dealers line up around the Astrodome...

BigMeatballDave
09-08-2005, 11:07 AM
And the crack dealers line up around the Astrodome...
ROFL

SBK
09-08-2005, 11:42 AM
You know they won't be at Foot Locker.

I kid....

Taco John
09-08-2005, 11:43 AM
I don't get this. People are essentially penalized for having insurance.



Not really... They get the cards too...


Not that I'm necessarily in favor of these cards... But the Bush Administration set a precedent on 9/11, and now the government owes people money when they go through national disasters.

Mr. Laz
09-08-2005, 11:56 AM
the government is getting in the way of nature's "culling of the herd" process.


let 'em all die

Deberg_1990
09-08-2005, 09:27 PM
But the Bush Administration set a precedent on 9/11, and now the government owes people money when they go through national disasters.

Part of the problem with out soiecty today IMO. Everyone automatically thinks the Federal Government Owes them something just because they take up space in our country. Such a cliche i know but worth stating once again. "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country"

Pants
09-09-2005, 01:41 AM
I don't get... people have donated over 50 mil. Give each family 2 mil and tell them to GTFO and do whatever they want. Single people get $800K or something. The rest of the money goes into helping the gov't treat the sick and rebuilding NO.

Logical
09-09-2005, 02:17 AM
I don't get... people have donated over 50 mil. Give each family 2 mil and tell them to GTFO and do whatever they want. Single people get $800K or something. The rest of the money goes into helping the gov't treat the sick and rebuilding NO.

I think your math may be off a little.

...but it could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars since hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced.

Pants
09-09-2005, 02:24 AM
I think your math may be off a little.

wow, I really don't know what to say... this is the stupidest thing I have ever said and I've said some stupid things...

ENDelt260
09-09-2005, 02:31 AM
I've said some stupid things...

But, you're becoming self-actualized... and that's all that really matters.

Well, to me anyway. And, I know you're dying for my approval.

Pants
09-09-2005, 02:34 AM
But, you're becoming self-actualized... and that's all that really matters.

Well, to me anyway. And, I know you're dying for my approval.

I'm still thinking how I ever came up with those figures. I'm not even hooked on hydroponics anymore...

KChiefsQT
09-09-2005, 02:37 AM
I'm still thinking how I ever came up with those figures. I'm not even hooked on hydroponics anymore...

put the :bong: down smokey.

Rausch
09-09-2005, 04:00 AM
wow, I really don't know what to say... this is the stupidest thing I have ever said and I've said some stupid things...

Yeah, this is the year of the pretty people...