Skip to comments.Mary, Mary, Quite (To The) Contrary
Posted on 09/10/2005 9:09:47 AM PDT by STARWISE
Politics: Louisiana's senior senator, whose brother is lieutenant governor and whose father was New Orleans' mayor, is blaming President Bush for "the staggering incompetence of the federal government." Come again?
It's understandable that on the Sept. 4 edition of ABC's "This Week," Mary Landrieu said of President Bush, "I might likely have to punch him literally" if he or members of his administration made any more disparaging remarks about local authorities and their pre- and post-Katrina efforts. Some are and were family.
Brother Mitch Landrieu is lieutenant governor of Louisiana. Father "Moon" Landrieu was not only mayor of New Orleans, but also later became secretary of housing and urban development under President Carter.
Despite Landrieu's complaints of budget cuts and paltry funding, the fact is that over the five years of the Bush administration, Louisiana has received more money $1.9 billion for Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects than any other state, and more than under any other administration over a similar period. California is a distant second with less than $1.4 billion despite a population more than seven times as large.
The problem was at the local level. The ambitious plan fell apart when the state suspended the Levee Board's ability to refinance old bonds and issue new ones. As the Times-Picayune reported, Legislative Auditor Dan Kyle "repeatedly faulted the Levee Board for the way it awards contracts, spends money and ignores no-bid contract laws." Blocked by the state from raising local money, the federal matching funds went unspent. By 1998, Louisiana's state government had a $2 billion construction budget, but less than one-tenth of one percent, or $1.98 million, was dedicated to New Orleans levee improvements. By contrast, $22 million was spent that year to renovate a home for the Louisiana Supreme Court.
(Excerpt) Read more at investors.com ...
Nine months before Katrina, three top Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness officials were indicted by a federal grand jury in Shreveport and charged, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Louisiana, "with offenses related to the obstruction of an audit of the use of federal funds for flood mitigation opportunities throughout Louisiana."
What a snakepit ... Mary Landrieu and her LA buddies need an excorcism.
Now it's a mosquito pit, toxic pit, dung hole.....third world pit hole.
The Big Easy? The big pit hole.
It will only improve after this.
People are only offended by the truth
What's this ... a reporter actually reporting the facts???
I thought it was all FEMAs fault ?
No silly ... it's Bush's fault
Get your DNC talking points straight, will ya ;0)
This is a good article. I think this may have legs, it ought to but in the democratic din it won't be unless it gets spread around.
And I wonder how many people's lives were endangered when New Orleans Chief of Homeland Security, Terry Ebbert, said this to the AP about the levee breach in the early days of the disaster
"It's a very slow rise, and it will remain so until we plug that breach.The words "false sense of security" come to mind.
I think we can get [the breach] stabilized in a few hours"
Oooops, sorry -- it's already started HERE
This is a very good article....I do think this type of information is going to come out eventually.... according to Rush now even the Dem. Senators are backing away from an investigation...why? maybe it is because of information like this....
*relapses into young skate punk circa late 80's speak*
Where'd all the loot get Bogarted to?
with conspiracies and stupidity abounding:
"The big question that all of us need to ask ourselves is: Would this have happened and would the aftermath have been so bad if New Orleans was actually New England? And it's pretty clear that the answer to that is no. In fact, we know how the administration responded to these kinds of disasters when we look at how Bush handled Florida and the hurricane there when his brother was governor."
I've been wondering how the States Homeland Security Officials are chosen?
Good Ammo for a smackdown of an uneducated lefty.
The levee that has been holding back the truth of Louisiana politics is breaking and the politicians from the Governor down will be naked.
Douglas Brinkley was on t.v. last nite. I forget what channel and he was slamming LA officials so bad I couldn't believe it. He talked about the corrupt politics in LA and the corrupt levee boards. I didn't see him attack the Federal Govt. at all. I was totally shocked.
Big bump. The truth hurts, eh Senator Landrieu?
An exorcism!.. LoL... by Count Von Bushula and the Bushbats..
Can't wait for the "hearings"...
Landrieu may even be more culpable than Blanco.
I see an indictment in her future.
Ophelia could make this guy eat his slimeball words this week ..ya never know .. God does work in mysterious ways.
I believe that's why the Left/MSM "blame Bush" spin machine is in full force. The Democrat incompetence at the local level was so blatant they have to come out swinging to obfuscate the truth. It's called "damage control".
And idiots still vote for the Dems.
The suspicious ModelBreaker thinks that this is the reason the state didn't want the feds to take over the recovery effort. There's too much corruption in NO and Blanco and Nagin were scared that if the feds got control, they might just look into the corruption more closely. There were records to shred, hard drives to erase and so on before the feds could be allowed in.
It's hard to explain Blanco's actions any other way (except of course the incompetant deer caught in headlights explanation, which, in less suspicious moments, is my preferred explanation).
Then there's Aunt Phyllis Landrieu...
New Orleans School Board works to boost Superintendent Amato's salary
New Orleans CityBusiness, Jan 24, 2005 by Deon Roberts
New Orleans Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Amato is close to receiving his first raise in nearly two years on the job.
Recently inaugurated School Board members are urgently working to boost Amato's $200,000 salary to compete with job offerings reportedly being made by other school systems.
Phyllis Landrieu, the new District 5 Board member, wrote to state Attorney General Charles Foti in November asking whether an outside individual or entity can contribute to the financial package for the superintendent.
SCUTTLEBUTT 09 14 04
By Allen Johnson Jr
Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, state Attorney General Charles Foti, and Orleans Parish District Attorney Eddie Jordan -- and other elected officials -- apparently violated a state law banning elected officials from endorsing Orleans Parish School Board members, local attorney C.B. Forgotston says.
Spokespersons for Landrieu, Foti and Jordan all say the law is unconstitutional and should not be enforced; Forgotston says the law should either be enforced or repealed.
Foti, Jordan and Landrieu all appear in campaign ads endorsing School Board District 5 candidate Phyllis Landrieu in the Sept. 18 primary election. ...
384) Phyllis Landrieu Landrieu Public Relations LLC
Landrieu Public Relations LLC
Lobbying 1998-2004: $1,580,000
Louisiana politicians are above criticism? I'm sure Mary and her cohorts would love to blame it all on Bush. I sent Mary an e-mail reminding her that she helped put Blanco in office.
The Dems are just totally incapable of figuring out that the Governor is incompetent. And that is the major difference between Louisiana and other States.
Mayor Nagin told whoever would listen and the MSM did, that at least 10,000 people had lost their lives - "the authorities" ordered 25,000 body bags on Nagin's word. I wouldn't take his word for directions to the nearest bathroom!
Blanco, Landrieu, their fathers, brothers and cousins nepotism is the name of the game in Louisiana run by the Democratic Party for over 40 years and no one wants a change why would they with all the gravy these political despots keep handing their less than thoroughbred constituents. What makes the President or the congress think that pouring billions of dollars into those city coffers will fix canals, levees or build affordable housing for people on welfare are they going to build some more keep-em-on-the-plantation housing projects for the same hapless people? Is a new and better Superdome in the works? If these citizens of New Orleans have no intention of firing Mayor Nagin for his completely bungled job before, during, and after Katrina .if these people like the way law, order and politics are run in their town and do nothing about cleaning up the corruption and patronage, then I think the money allocated for homes should be first after bulldozing and burning the wreckage. To do anything other than that is money down the Louisiana black hole where untold millions and millions have been disappearing for years and there is no actual accounting as to where an astonishing amount of U.S. taxpayer money really went.
I am a little testy with the attitude of "oh, that's just how things are done in Louisiana".
How does your mind twist and turn like this, hosepipe?
I mean, that you can see this evidence of graft and corruption of the Dems, and still manage to bash the President with it?
That's quite a distinction for him. :)
I've heard that. I was actually talking about Blanco's decisions more than Nagin's. I am told by those who ought to know that the NOPD is the most corrupt big city police dept in the country. I'm sure it is a huge contributor to rats throughout LA. If the graft and protection schemes are made impossible by the presence of troops that answer to the DoD rather than Blanco during recovery, how much does that cost the LA rats? I'm thinking a lot of money. And that's just the police.
I still suspect that removing incriminating stuff was the real reason Blanco delayed the feds by several days.
I heard there's a lot of levee boards and other political entities governing the levees. Many levees with many boards. It's a patchwork of agencies making for tons of jobs for hacks and friends and family of hacks. Hacks love this gawd awful mess.
I'll bet white Democrats dominate these levee board jobs by a long shot
Hadn't heard about that.
Most people never hear the truth.
"I'll bet white Democrats dominate these levee board jobs by a long shot"
You just know that's the truth. Why black americans continue to support the democratic party is beyond me.
Hey that was my line, Mary Mary Quite Contrary, somebody is reading FR.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1479180/posts?page=287#287 post #293
Investors business daily is a great paper
Yep, do not disagree, but it is startling to see ones own thinking used by smart people.
A better question might be: How long will so-called journalists abuse their freedom of speech with distortions and blatant lies with no apparent purpose but to harm everyone and every effort that is not part of the anti-American socialists' game plan?
And they know this-- HOW?
In fact, we know how the administration responded to these kinds of disasters when we look at how Bush handled Florida and the hurricane there when his brother was governor."
It's more like Jeb Bush is a governor who knows how to handle hurricane emergencies, regardless of who the president is.