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  • Cruisy deal for relief ships

    Just saw the same thing on Countdown on MSNBC.

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    AS TENS of thousands of desperate people packed the New Orleans Superdome and convention centre after hurricane Katrina struck, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency pleaded with the US Military Sealift Command.

    The Government needed 10,000 berths on full-service cruise ships, FEMA said on September 1, and it needed the deal done by noon the next day.

    The hasty appeal two days after Katrina hit yielded one of the most controversial contracts of the hurricane relief operation — a $US236 million ($A312 million) agreement with Carnival Cruise Lines for three ships that now bob more than half-empty in the Mississippi River and Mobile Bay.

    The six-month contract — defended by Carnival but castigated by politicians — has come to exemplify the cost of haste that followed Katrina's strike and FEMA's lack of preparation.

    To critics, the price is exorbitant. If the ships were full with 7116 evacuees for six months, the price per evacuee would total $US1275 a week, according to calculations by aides to Republican senator Tom Coburn.

    A seven-day Caribbean cruise from the Gulf Coast port of Galveston costs $599 a person — including entertainment and the cost of making the ship move.

    "When the Federal Government would actually save millions of dollars by forgoing the status quo and actually sending evacuees on a luxurious six-month cruise, it is time to rethink how we are conducting oversight," Senator Coburn said, calling for a chief financial officer to oversee Katrina spending. "A short-term, temporary solution has turned into a long-term, grossly overpriced, sweetheart deal for a cruise line."[/b][/quote]


    It would be cheaper to send them on a cruise, they are charging more than actually having to use gas and make the ship sail.
    I am sure it is just silly me, capitalism at it's best, how dare I.
    Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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    or you could build your own cruise ship
    Un-Official Sponsor of Randy Choate and Kevin Siegrist

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