Bush had it both ways with Katrina, he spent lots of money but funneled it to crony contractors who didn't do anything with it (but put it in their offshore accounts). One blatant example of Bush disaster spending was to hire an Alexandria VA company to haul away Katrina debris for $28/cubic yard. The money went through series of subcontractors until it got to a company that actually had trucks and they received $4/cubic yard. The company used undocumented workers that they fed and housed in Red Cross shelters and never paid them. This achieved the desired goal of keeping the money out of the hands of the middle-class.
Those were the good old days for the disaster capitalists. Since they can't get away with that anymore, the funding most be blocked as much as possible. Just by slowing the recovery for months like they did with Hurricane Sandy they can compound the economic damage. Increasing the number of unemployed, driving down wages and bankrupting small business. All satisfying the desired goal of eliminating more people from the middle-class.
A lot of these rancid bastards in Congress are from the south and it's common for them to invest in large scale rice and cotton farming where the bulk of farm subsidies go. Tennessee Bible-thumper Stephen Fincher, who argued against feeding the hungry by quoting Jesus, has received $9 million in farm supports. The maximum food stamp payment for an individual is $155. Divide that into $9m and you get 58,064 hungry people that he could personally pay for, that is if the Congressman actually pulled himself up by his bootstraps like he expects hungry kids to do. Twitter @BruceEnberg Or just toss message up in the air and some freak storm will take to to Kansas.