>Well, what about the Fed ? They're not the ones who built a city below sea
No... that would have been the Spanish about 400 years ago... Maybe the
French should have abandoned it I mean it's "below sea leve"l... right?
Maybe we should have told Andy Jackson, "Let the British have it... "It's
below sea level..." Okay? Maybe the Union shouldn't have taken it from the
South to cut off a major source of income... After all... What you said...
right? Since "It's below sea level" It should have never become a major sea
port, global exporter for just about the entire south and midwest or the
home of great culture and jazz which is one of the great gifts New Orleans
gave to the world.
Shall we abandon the entire west coast because it's on a faultline?
Should we have left Chicago because it was built of flammable material?
In short, New Orleans has given more to the U.S. than she has ever taken.
She is part of our "National Soul" just like the declaration of Independance
or the Constitution. Which reminds me
There's a bit in the Preamble the goes: ...provide for the common defense,
PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE and secure the blessings of life liberty and the
pursuit of happiness.."
I think if we can bail out the wealthy like Chrysler, the airline industry
and Halliburton, we can surely find it in our hearts to help poor folks in
one of the greatest cities in America.
I really get sick of those who choose to blame the victims in a catastrophe
rather than those whose careful stewardship of our national trust could have
prevented the catastrophe in the first place.
We are Americans. Where in our history do we let the "devil take the
Greg Petrolati Champaign, Illinois
That's not a leak... My car's just marking its territory...
>From: "Randall Young" <email@example.com>
>Reply-To: "Randall Young" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: RE: lessons
>Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 14:38:02 -0700
> > What about the Fed? They have been systematically defunding
> > FEMA and the
> > Army Corps of Engineers. The upgrade of the levy was scheduled
> > recommended
> > work and it was defunded by 75%. Subcontractors continued to work on the
> > levy for free, even after the Federal money ran out (New Orleans is
> > home too). They worked until they ran out of materials.
Seems to me that New Orleans should have to pay for their own
>If we quit rewarding stupidity (Here, have millions of dollars because you
>built your homes in a stupid place), we might have less of it.
>Don't get me wrong, I feel sorry for the victims of Katrina, and I've made
>my own donations (even though I'm suspicious of how money is going to help
>more than the things they are supposedly going to buy with that money ...
>kinda like when the bum on the corner begs for money for food but throws a
>hamburger in the trash).
>But I'm getting just a bit tired of my tax money being passed out to people
>*because* they did something stupid.
>My garden wall fell down because I didn't build it right. Why isn't the
>going to rebuild it for me ?