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The White House released its 2007 budget today, and budget director Joshua Bolten unveiled a new website – ExpectMore.gov — that “allows taxpayers to review the [White House] assessments of nearly 800 federal programs.” “Here, you can see the exhaustive work that goes into each one of these assessments,” Bolten said at today’s press conference. “I expect that this website will be a useful tool for everyone who care about how tax dollars are spent.”

Their “exhaustive work” produced a delusion-riddled website that showcases the White House’s inability to assess its own problems and weaknesses. Katrina offers a real-world illustration of the new site’s inaccuracies:

1) “Federal Emergency Management Agency: Disaster Recovery“:

The Department of Homeland Security’s Recovery program ensures that individuals and communities affected by disastes [SIC] of all sizes, including catastrophic and terrorist events, are able to return to normal function with minimal suffering and disruption of services. PERFORMING: Adequate (one star)

Reality — Reuters:

With no clear recovery plan in sight five months after Hurricane Katrina, many victims are simply hanging on, waiting anxiously for signs that their neighborhoods are either reviving or turning into permanent ghost towns.

2) “Preparedness — Grants and Training Office National Exercise Program“:

Prepare Federal, state, and local responders to prevent, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism by providing the tools to plan, conduct, and evaluate exercises. PERFORMING: Effective (three stars)

Reality — GAO:

Although the [National Response Plan] framework envisions a proactive national response in the event of a catastrophe, the nation does not yet have the types of detailed plans needed to better delineate capabilities that might be required and how such assistance will be provided and coordinated.

3) “Federal Emergency Management Agency: Disaster Response“:

The Department of Homeland Security’s Response program is designed to quickly, efficiently and effectively provide support to State, Tribal, and local governments, and Federal response teams in the event of a natural or manmade disaster, emergency or terrorist event. PERFORMING: Adequate (one star)

Reality — Washington Post:

Four years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, administration officials did not establish a clear chain of command for the domestic emergency; disregarded early warnings of a Category 5 hurricane inundating New Orleans and southeast Louisiana; and did not ensure that cities and states had adequate plans and training before the Aug. 29 storm, according to the Government Accountability Office.

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