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Friday, January 09, 2009

Battleground Iowa: Culver's problems: Nussle's revenge?

Excerpted from this post at Battleground Iowa

... Iowa is only getting $11 million in federal flood relief out of the $24 billion that Congress allocated for disaster relief in approximately 19 states last year. It seems that Congress did not address how the money would be divvied up on the legislation itself, so it was left to administrative agencies (i.e. bureaucrats) to determine the formula for dividing the money amongst the states. These bureaucrats decided that they would simply divide it up based on each state's total population. This ignores the fact that some states, such as Iowa, were hit much harder than other states in terms of cost of damage done and number of people affected. ... And then the bomb dropped. According to the report, one of the bureaucrats responsible for formulating and implementing this messed-up distribution formula is Congressional OMB head (and former Iowa Congressman) Jim Nussle. ... Then the Machiavellian part of my brain started working, and an evil theory emerged. What if Nussle, not caring what anyone in Iowa thinks of him anymore (after all, we turned our backs on him by not electing him), is using his position to screw over Culver.

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