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  1. Sep 10, 2005 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    My time at PF is very limited right now, in fact I shouldn't even be here now so I will just throw this out for your consideration. I thought that it might be interesting to see who funds what. Be it a politician, agendas, movements, causes, action committees, re-election committees, the national debt, or just about any political or social issue of significance, where is the money coming from and/or who's getting it?

    For example:
    IIRC, the Swift Boat Vets were allegedly funded by Texas Oil Money. Does anyone know if this is correct?

    Who profits from the national debt?

    Where is all of the money for homeland security being spent?
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    Yes, at least for their initial funding.
    Pretty much everyone, I suppose. The debt itself is in the form of government bonds, so anyone who owns one is earning interest on the national debt. On the other end, anyone who receives money that the government doesn't have (whether its a contractor being paid to build a road, a defense contractor selling a plane, or a poor person cashing a welfare check) is profiting from the debt.
    Probably mostly on the bureacracy. The biggest actual project is probably airport security.
  4. Sep 10, 2005 #3
    At least that is the only evidence of Homeland security doing anything. And isn't that being paid for by a tariff on air travel?

    It should be interesting to see what FEMA does with the $62 billion they just had allocated for Katrina. I hear that they are actually telling people in the Astrodome that FEMA will mail them a check if they have a New Orleans address. :confused: :confused: :confused:

    I thought there was a mandatory evacuation in progress?

    Do the evacuee's need to establish a new address first?

    If they do will they still be able to get FEMA aid?

    I am already feeling queasy about this.
  5. Sep 10, 2005 #4
    A lot is being spent to keep an eye on the internet. Even on forums.

  6. Sep 10, 2005 #5


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    Mail is being forwarded to refugee camps and FEMA is already passing out pre-paid credit cards with $2000 on them. Neither of those is going particularly well yet, though.

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/10/katrina.impact/index.html [Broken]
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    I believe Switzerland holds a fair percentage of the US national debt... I'll go look around after... dum dum dum... SEINFELD!!!!!!

    Man they were selling these tickets on 3rd party sites for $300-$800 a seat at the first sold out event. They opened tickets up for a 2nd show and we got 3 for $75 :P
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    Guess there stopping that program.

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