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Subject: Spending On Iraq Vs. New Orleans Levees

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Please point out that the Army Corps of Engineers is one of the most historically self-serving, wasteful, and self-aggrandizing agencies in the entire federal government. This is the same agency that insisted the egregious $10 billion-plus Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway was an essential project, and the same agency that is responsible for building the Mississippi River levees that wash all the silt from the river into the Gulf of Mexico rather than depositing it in the Delta, where it would have absorbed much of the drainage from New Orleans. If we let the Corps complete all the projects it has said were essential over the years, the U.S. would be bankrupt. Thank God President Bush had the temerity to rein in this out of control agency.

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