Remembering Katrina

30 08 2006

Filed under: Katrina, New Orleans, Politics

Hot Air sums up the disaster with The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

What’s good?

Not much, but our government will hopefully learn from the mistakes. And we can certainly note the way churches, corporations, and thousands of individuals came together to bring relief to the victims.

What’s bad?

Mayor Ray Nagin’s “Memorial Bus Pool” …

… And then trying to sell them on eBay!

What’s ugly?

Race-card players such as Randall Robinson, Louis Farikhan, Spike Lee, and Kayne West blaming and creating dissent instead of joining relief efforts.

But Mayor Nagin takes the cake with his comment, “New Orleans should be a chocolate city!”

My thoughts on rebuilding Katrina, a portion re-posted from February:

So, is New Orleans owed anything to rebuild?

No. Why?

Certain cities in America are indispensable. Young, educated, workers are flocking to these cities: New York, Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, Phoenix, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington DC. But Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Pittsburgh…are not in America’s future as primary cities. They cannot keep up. The young are leaving for more compatible cities and the old that retire will be a burden on their local government with fewer workers.

Over twenty years ago, Vegas took N. O.’s party business, Houston took its energy business, and Atlanta has established itself as the marquee city of the south. But N.O. is “unique,” many will argue. But not $500 billion unique.

Similarly, Galveston, TX, was wiped out in a hurricane in the early 1900’s and the federal government did not do much to help it rebuild. Besides, most of its citizens relocated, just as with N.O.

I sympathize with the citizens of N.O. in the loss of their family and property. I wish the people they elected would have done their jobs better. For the residents that return, I hope that they will elect officials that will take responsibility.

They’re definitely not off to a good start after re-electing Nagin.

Others: Michelle Malkin, Wizbang

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