Man, If I Had A Dollar

For every time this happened to me:

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Dan Klassen might not have been able to start his business without the Small Business Administration. The SBA-backed loan he received from Wells Fargo — $158,500 — helped him buy the equipment he needed to get Casper-based Optimal Air Testing Services off the ground.

What Klassen doesn’t understand is why his loan falls under a program meant to help businesses that were hurt by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“I’m not sure what they’d mean by that, because we were not in existence on September 11th,” said Klassen, who founded his company in early 2003.

Klassen is one 10 Wyoming business owners who received almost $2.7 million in loans under the Supplementary Terrorism Activity Relief (STAR) program. Most said their businesses were unaffected by the Sept. 11 attacks, and all of them contacted by The Associated Press said they had no idea they’d received terrorism-related loans.

Tell me more about the current brain trust and how they’re highly qualified to hand out money in the wake of Katrina, please, because I’m just not sure it’s all there in front of me.