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Why New Orleans Needs Saving
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research ^ | Feb 27, 2006 | Newt Gingrich, John M. Barry

Posted on 03/06/2006 4:35:55 PM PST by Saints fan

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert wondered aloud whether the Federal Government should help rebuild a city much of which lies below sea level. The most tough-minded answer to that question demonstrates that rebuilding and protecting New Orleans is in the national interest. Reason: The very same geological forces that created that port are what make it vulnerable to Category 5 hurricanes and also what make it indispensable.

One such force is the Mississippi River. Once, the Gulf of Mexico extended north to Cape Girardeau, Mo., but the river gradually deposited enough sediment into a receding sea to create tens of thousands of square miles of land stretching south to the present mouth of the river. Long after New Orleans was first settled, the entire region remained above sea level and safe from hurricanes. Engineers prevented river floods by building levees and kept shipping channels open by constructing jetties two miles out into the ocean so that the river dropped its sediment into deep water. Before the jetties were built, 100 ships at a time often waited days for deep enough water to pass over sandbars blocking the Mississippi's mouth. The levees and jetties stopped sediment from feeding the deltas; the land sank, and coastal Louisiana shrank. Similarly, other great ports on deltaic rivers, like Rotterdam, are also below sea level; the airport serving Amsterdam is 20 ft. below sea level, lower than any part of New Orleans.

If engineering the Mississippi made New Orleans vulnerable, it also created enormous value. New Orleans is the busiest port in the U.S.; 20% of all U.S. exports, and 60% of our grain exports, pass through it. Offshore Louisiana oil and gas wells supply 20% of domestic oil production. But to service that industry, canals and pipelines were dug through the land, greatly accelerating the washing away of coastal Louisiana. The state's land loss now totals 1,900 sq. mi. That land once protected the entire region from hurricanes by acting as a sponge to soak up storm surges. If nothing is done, in the foreseeable future an additional 700 sq. mi. will disappear, putting at risk port facilities and all the energy-producing infrastructure in the Gulf.

There is no debate about the reality of that land loss and its impact. On that the energy industry and environmentalists agree. There is also no doubt about the solution. Chip Groat, a former director of the U.S. Geological Survey, says, "This land loss can be managed, and New Orleans can be protected, even with projected sea-level rise." Category 5 hurricane protection for the region, including coastal restoration, storm-surge barriers and improved levees, would cost about $40 billion--over 30 years. Compare that with the cost to the economy of less international competitiveness (the result of increased freight charges stemming from loss of the efficiencies of the port of New Orleans), higher energy prices and more vulnerable energy supplies. Compare that with the cost of rebuilding the energy and port infrastructure elsewhere. Compare that with the fact that in the past two years, we have spent more to rebuild Iraq's wetlands than Louisiana's. National interest requires this restoration. Our energy needs alone require it. Yet the White House proposes spending only $100 million for coastal restoration.

Washington also has a moral burden. It was the Federal Government's responsibility to build levees that worked, and its failure to do so ultimately led to New Orleans' being flooded. The White House recognized that responsibility when it proposed an additional $4.2 billion for housing in New Orleans, but the first priority remains flood control. Without it, individuals will hesitate to rebuild, and lenders will decline to invest.

How should flood control be paid for? States get 50% of the tax revenues paid to the Federal Government from oil and gas produced on federally owned land. States justify that by arguing that the energy production puts strains on their infrastructure and environment. Louisiana gets no share of the tax revenue from the oil and gas production on the outer continental shelf. Yet that production puts an infinitely greater burden on it than energy production from other federal territory puts on any other state. If we treat Louisiana the same as other states and give it the same share of tax revenue that other states receive, it will need no other help from the government to protect itself. Every day's delay makes it harder to rebuild the city. It is time to act. It is well past time.

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert wondered aloud whether the Federal Government should help rebuild a city much of which lies below sea level. The most tough-minded answer to that question demonstrates that rebuilding and protecting New Orleans is in the national interest. Reason: The very same geological forces that created that port are what make it vulnerable to Category 5 hurricanes and also what make it indispensable.

One such force is the Mississippi River. Once, the Gulf of Mexico extended north to Cape Girardeau, Mo., but the river gradually deposited enough sediment into a receding sea to create tens of thousands of square miles of land stretching south to the present mouth of the river. Long after New Orleans was first settled, the entire region remained above sea level and safe from hurricanes. Engineers prevented river floods by building levees and kept shipping channels open by constructing jetties two miles out into the ocean so that the river dropped its sediment into deep water. Before the jetties were built, 100 ships at a time often waited days for deep enough water to pass over sandbars blocking the Mississippi's mouth. The levees and jetties stopped sediment from feeding the deltas; the land sank, and coastal Louisiana shrank. Similarly, other great ports on deltaic rivers, like Rotterdam, are also below sea level; the airport serving Amsterdam is 20 ft. below sea level, lower than any part of New Orleans.

If engineering the Mississippi made New Orleans vulnerable, it also created enormous value. New Orleans is the busiest port in the U.S.; 20% of all U.S. exports, and 60% of our grain exports, pass through it. Offshore Louisiana oil and gas wells supply 20% of domestic oil production. But to service that industry, canals and pipelines were dug through the land, greatly accelerating the washing away of coastal Louisiana. The state's land loss now totals 1,900 sq. mi. That land once protected the entire region from hurricanes by acting as a sponge to soak up storm surges. If nothing is done, in the foreseeable future an additional 700 sq. mi. will disappear, putting at risk port facilities and all the energy-producing infrastructure in the Gulf.

There is no debate about the reality of that land loss and its impact. On that the energy industry and environmentalists agree. There is also no doubt about the solution. Chip Groat, a former director of the U.S. Geological Survey, says, "This land loss can be managed, and New Orleans can be protected, even with projected sea-level rise." Category 5 hurricane protection for the region, including coastal restoration, storm-surge barriers and improved levees, would cost about $40 billion--over 30 years. Compare that with the cost to the economy of less international competitiveness (the result of increased freight charges stemming from loss of the efficiencies of the port of New Orleans), higher energy prices and more vulnerable energy supplies. Compare that with the cost of rebuilding the energy and port infrastructure elsewhere. Compare that with the fact that in the past two years, we have spent more to rebuild Iraq's wetlands than Louisiana's. National interest requires this restoration. Our energy needs alone require it. Yet the White House proposes spending only $100 million for coastal restoration.

Washington also has a moral burden. It was the Federal Government's responsibility to build levees that worked, and its failure to do so ultimately led to New Orleans' being flooded. The White House recognized that responsibility when it proposed an additional $4.2 billion for housing in New Orleans, but the first priority remains flood control. Without it, individuals will hesitate to rebuild, and lenders will decline to invest.

How should flood control be paid for? States get 50% of the tax revenues paid to the Federal Government from oil and gas produced on federally owned land. States justify that by arguing that the energy production puts strains on their infrastructure and environment. Louisiana gets no share of the tax revenue from the oil and gas production on the outer continental shelf. Yet that production puts an infinitely greater burden on it than energy production from other federal territory puts on any other state. If we treat Louisiana the same as other states and give it the same share of tax revenue that other states receive, it will need no other help from the government to protect itself. Every day's delay makes it harder to rebuild the city. It is time to act. It is well past time.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: katrina; levees; neworleans; portofneworleans
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1 posted on 03/06/2006 4:35:58 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: Saints fan
Washington also has a moral burden. It was the Federal Government's responsibility to build levees that worked, and its failure to do so ultimately led to New Orleans' being flooded.
2 posted on 03/06/2006 4:37:53 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: Saints fan

Talk about non sequitur - those arguments were for re-building the port. None of them were for rebuilding the *city*. Two different questions.


3 posted on 03/06/2006 4:45:24 PM PST by speekinout
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To: speekinout
Washington also has a moral burden. It was the Federal Government's responsibility to build levees that worked, and its failure to do so ultimately led to New Orleans' being flooded.
4 posted on 03/06/2006 4:47:41 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: Saints fan
Washington may have a moral burden to rebuild N.O. I on the other hand am tired of paying for the misfortunes of these people living in places that are at obvious risk. You want to live in one of these places....great, but suck it up when things go to the dogs
5 posted on 03/06/2006 4:49:23 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Funny how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather...)
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To: Ouderkirk

Wait till the Federal government distroys your city. You'll sing a different tune.


6 posted on 03/06/2006 4:51:35 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: Saints fan

I'd rather they built a colony on the moon first! Almost as practical as a mass populated underwater city!


7 posted on 03/06/2006 4:51:35 PM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Why waste time learning, when ignorance is instantaneous"---Hobbes the Tiger)
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To: rawcatslyentist

"Similarly, other great ports on deltaic rivers, like Rotterdam, are also below sea level; the airport serving Amsterdam is 20 ft. below sea level, lower than any part of New Orleans."

Do these great ports get hit by hurricanes with 170mph winds?!!


8 posted on 03/06/2006 4:56:51 PM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees announce plan to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: Saints fan
I think we could learn a lot about this from the Dutch. In my book, they are the world authorities in dikes, levees and flood control.

They have been at it a long time and I would imagine engineers from there could be hired to come over and come up with a plan for New Orleans. If they can't, at least we'll know we tried

9 posted on 03/06/2006 4:59:40 PM PST by capt. norm (Error: Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to continue)
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To: rawcatslyentist

You've obviously never been to new orleans


10 posted on 03/06/2006 4:59:54 PM PST by mhuye (http://theonewhoislost.blogspot.com/)
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To: Saints fan

Uh...the federal governament DID NOT destroy New Orleans. And I live where we don't get things like tornado's and hurricanes.


11 posted on 03/06/2006 5:00:06 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Funny how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather...)
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To: Saints fan

Americans should ante up for levees that could/would be breached with one well placed IED which would result in another disaster.
I don't think so...

N'awlins...move it or lose it.


12 posted on 03/06/2006 5:01:06 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi!)
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To: Saints fan

Excuse me for a bit of common sense, but NO will never be the same. And it should not be the same. The logic of rebuilding is lost on many people, and I am one of them.

OK, rebuild the port, and leave the French Quarter and whatever else is still in tact, but the absolute stupidity of rebuilding homes below those levees is just freakin' nuts.

Let nature reclaim what needs to be reclaimed.


13 posted on 03/06/2006 5:01:53 PM PST by alarm rider (Irritating leftists as often as is humanly possible....)
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To: Saints fan
"Wait till the Federal government distroys your city."

The Federal Government has been destroying cities for decades now. What has that got to to do with the problems of New Orleans?

14 posted on 03/06/2006 5:03:52 PM PST by Radix (Stop domestic violence. Beat abroad.)
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To: Ouderkirk

Yes they did. Sorry.


15 posted on 03/06/2006 5:04:48 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: Saints fan
The federal government destroyed your city? LOL! Right, it was the Rove Weather MachineTM. Get real, your local politicians destroyed the city.
16 posted on 03/06/2006 5:05:14 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Saints fan

17 posted on 03/06/2006 5:06:34 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Saints fan

Blaming the Federal Government for the flooding of New Orleans is like blaming the French when the German army ran around the Maginot line.

Perhaps The city should have allowed the Feds to build those flood gates back in the 70's. Oops.


18 posted on 03/06/2006 5:11:43 PM PST by Jack of all Trades (Liberalism: replacing backbones with wishbones.)
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To: Saints fan

The Federal government did not destroy your city.

The failure of the levees was a matter of time. They were only built to withstand a Cat 3 storm. Katrina was a Cat 5 until it hit land. When it hit NO, it was a Cat 3/4.

The first Cat 4 or Cat 5 storm to come along would have done the same thing--destroyed the levees.

The Federal government, meaning the rest of us, paid good money over many years to build and to maintain those levees. It is not our fault that the corruption of Louisiana politicians diverted this money.

After all of the years of planning for a disaster that everyone knew would happen sooner or later, it is particularly repugnant to see what happened due to the failure of local and state officials in Louisiana.And even more repugnant to see that no responsibility is taken by them-it is all the fault of the Federal government and the rest of America.

We know now without a doubt the extent of the flood plain once the levees are breached. So, don't build there!

The port is OK, downtown is OK, and the French quarter is OK. A few neighborhoods are goners. They are uninhabitable anyway. They need to be bulldozed and parkland built over them. New housing, which is up to code and not substandard like most of the housing that was lost in NO, should be built on higher ground farther out from the city.It's not like some irreplaceable architectural gems have been lost.

That's the only thing that makes any sense.

Otherwise, feel free to blame everyone else and then proceed to rebuild in place---with your money.


19 posted on 03/06/2006 5:13:01 PM PST by exit82 (Congressional Democrats---treasonously stuck on stupid.)
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To: Saints fan
"It was the Federal Government's responsibility to build levees that worked, and its failure to do so ultimately led to New Orleans' being flooded"

This is idiotic. The canal walls that failed were local projects, as were much of the levee system. Gingrich is sounding more like a Democrat every day....
20 posted on 03/06/2006 5:13:15 PM PST by Enchante (Democrats: "We are ALL broken and worn out, our party & ideas, what else is new?")
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To: Saints fan

The restoration of New Orleans is a costly mis-adventure in tax money wrongly spent. Even if the next hurricane season spares this chocolate fiasco, sooner or later it will all happen again you know it and so do I. It is time to face the fact that this place has run out of luck and the taxpayers should not be obligated to throw good money after bad. The present location is not worth the massive expenditure involved and should be moved far north of its present location where it can be stabilized. If the local millionaires want it rebuilt let them pony up the bucks not the national taxpayers once again.


21 posted on 03/06/2006 5:13:29 PM PST by winker
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To: Jack of all Trades
Perhaps The city should have allowed the Feds to build those flood gates back in the 70's. Oops.

Nope, the feds built the levee walls in the late 80's, early 90's.They were incredibally misengineered and built by the Army Corps of Engineers.If they were built right , New Orleans would not have flooded.

22 posted on 03/06/2006 5:15:40 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: Saints fan

If you want to rebuild N.O you are certainly more than welcome to that. The taxpayers in the rest of the country should not have to rebuild that corrupt craphole. Yes, I have been to N.O and 90% of that city was/is a craphole so there is no great loss


23 posted on 03/06/2006 5:22:27 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Funny how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather...)
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To: exit82
They were only built to withstand a Cat 3 storm. Katrina was a Cat 5 until it hit land. When it hit NO, it was a Cat 3/4.

It was supposed to withstand cat 3. When Katrina hit NO it was less than cat 3. The levees should have held, if they were built right.The feds built them and were supposed to oversee maintenance. They didn't and they failed.

24 posted on 03/06/2006 5:22:33 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: speekinout
Noticed that. Also, check the "20% .... passed through" ~ didn't say what percentage had to stop and disgorge passengers and freight ~ actually, virtually none.

The city itself is not needed to move freight.

25 posted on 03/06/2006 5:23:40 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: Saints fan
So have they completed the preliminary design specs for the Category 5 levees?
Or are the political bureaucrats still on their Spring Tulip Tour of Holland?
26 posted on 03/06/2006 5:23:42 PM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Ouderkirk

You have been to every part of the city? I doubt it.


27 posted on 03/06/2006 5:24:01 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: Saints fan
It was the Federal Government's responsibility to build levees that worked,

I don't think you can get away with that assertion. We've all learned about how much money the Feds sent to LA for the levees, and how all of the levee boards used it.
LA couldn't even manage to turn control over the levees to the state, let alone the Feds.

The failure of the levees was LA's problem. And the failure to evacuate NO was a problem shared by the gov. and the mayor.

28 posted on 03/06/2006 5:24:08 PM PST by speekinout
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To: Saints fan
They weren't actually built by the Corps of Engineers. All they did was supervise the funding of the contracts.

Obviously that wasn't enough supervision given the depth of corruption in that part of the country.

29 posted on 03/06/2006 5:26:23 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: Saints fan

BTW, the levees held. They are still there. The canal walls didn't.


30 posted on 03/06/2006 5:27:14 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: Saints fan

Katrina was not a Cat 2 when it hit NO.


31 posted on 03/06/2006 5:28:44 PM PST by exit82 (Congressional Democrats---treasonously stuck on stupid.)
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To: muawiyah

The Corps was responsible for the engineering design and construction of the levees,not the financing.


32 posted on 03/06/2006 5:29:33 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: Saints fan

I understand that the money that the Feds have sent to NO over the years to shore-up the levies had been diverted by the local politicians into sports stadiums and other projects....spending tax payer money to rebuild a city under sea-level makes absolutley no sense.


33 posted on 03/06/2006 5:30:36 PM PST by Froggie
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To: exit82

NO was on the western side of the storm. The winds on the western side was less than a cat 3.


34 posted on 03/06/2006 5:31:05 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: Saints fan

Poor planning and not knowing how to get the hell out of Dodge played a major role in NO's current woes. The Florida Keys are much more vulnerable than NO, with one way in, and one way out...the residents are familiar with both and have sense enough to heed the warnings and get out.


35 posted on 03/06/2006 5:34:00 PM PST by Mrite
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To: Saints fan
Except for the helicopter drops in the immediate aftermath of the flooding, I've never seen the Corps lift so much as a hammer to put a nail in a piece of wood.

The civil affairs projects the Corps gets involved in are, for the most part, drawn up by outsiders working under contract. The work is ordinarily performed by winning bidders.

Their job is to "supervise". That's why they have experts in so many fields.

When it comes to military projects, you might actually see the Corps "do something".

36 posted on 03/06/2006 5:34:27 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: Saints fan

Yeah....it's the federal governemnts fault. No, it was your worthless democRAT political machines fault. 200 billion dollars...to democRATS ? Not on your life.


37 posted on 03/06/2006 5:35:43 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Funny how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather...)
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To: Saints fan
The Lake Ponchartrain and Vicinity Hurricane Protection project was authorized in 1965. Local Levee districts shared 30% of the contruction costs, and maintained the infrastructure. The initial plan was to use floodgates. Local preferences, litigation and environmental concerns were cited as reasons for the change. link

Sorry for your troubles, but the Federal government did not destroy New Orleans. There's a lot more justification for that statement than the above referenced information. For example, the fact that it was a natural disaster.

38 posted on 03/06/2006 5:37:24 PM PST by Jack of all Trades (Liberalism: replacing backbones with wishbones.)
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To: Mrite

Weather people 'got out of Dodge' as you say had nothing to do with the city's current woes. 90% of the residents got out.Only the dumbest of dumb stayed. The city's current woes are because the levee walls failed.


39 posted on 03/06/2006 5:38:58 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: Saints fan

And your point is what? That the canal walls failed at below their design intent? Of all I have read about Katrina, not once have I seen that it was less than a Cat 3 when it hit NO. If the canal walls failed at less than design, then it was a disaster just waiting to happen.

Another fine example of Louisiana construction.

Look, I'm not trying to bash you or your city. But I cannot tolerate the bitching and moaning of people who have chosen to live life shaking hands with disaster everyday for decades, then when that disaster comes, they expect everyone else to fix the problem.

History is full of towns and cities that didn't recover after natural disasters. NO will survive, but it will have to be different, or suffer the same fate at some point in the future.

Anything made by man will eventually fail, if not maintained over time.If anyone cared down there, maybe more care would have been taken, and built weaknesses could have been found before failure.

Hope the higher view is better where they rebuild.


40 posted on 03/06/2006 5:43:17 PM PST by exit82 (Congressional Democrats---treasonously stuck on stupid.)
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To: Saints fan
"Wait till the Federal government distroys your city. You'll sing a different tune."


Mother Nature 'distoryed' that place NOT the Federal government.
41 posted on 03/06/2006 5:46:20 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Saints fan
Wait till the Federal government distroys your city. You'll sing a different tune.

Ten reasons why NO was destroyed:

#1 Local Corruption.

#2 Local Corruption

#3 Local Corruption

#4 ditto

#5 ditto

#6 through #10 ditto

42 posted on 03/06/2006 5:47:18 PM PST by TYVets (God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
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To: exit82; All

http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/frontpage/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1133591232325970.xml


43 posted on 03/06/2006 5:51:19 PM PST by Saints fan
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Washington also has a moral burden. It was the Federal Government's responsibility to build levees that worked, and its failure to do so ultimately led to New Orleans' being flooded.

New Orleans had a greater moral burden. The behavior of it's elected officials and "let's stay and party the hurricane away" citizenry showed how badly they'd failed theirs.

44 posted on 03/06/2006 5:51:24 PM PST by Alex Murphy (Colossians 4:5)
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To: Saints fan
Washington also has a moral burden.

A common error to talk of the state as if it is an individual subject to psychology. If the state is an individual subject to psychology, it would be considered insane.

45 posted on 03/06/2006 5:53:33 PM PST by RightWhale (pas de lieu, Rhone que nous)
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To: Saints fan
Dear Mr. and Mrs. News reporters, Let me take this opportunity to tell you to go to hell, for making N.O. the ONLY place in the south, devastated by Katrina. It is very clear to me now, white people suffering, does not make a great news story.

I am not a racist, and have no ill feelings to anyone of another color , my complaint is with the idiots in the media. I live in this armpit of America that use to be a wonderful and beautiful place to live (Gulfport), it seems the media doesn't give a rats arse about anywhere else except New Orleans.

Places like Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, totally wiped off the earth, no mention, no care, no coverage.

Damn you media idiots, for your fixation on New Orleans, we all are knee deep in crap here. Every time we look out the window while making a pot of coffee, go to the store, get a hair cut, go to work (for those of us whose jobs were destroyed) we see the devastation. There are days people OUTSIDE OF NEW ORLEANS that people don't want to wake up, today is one.

Jeff Davis

46 posted on 03/06/2006 6:01:22 PM PST by mosquewatch.com ("The enemy is anyone who will get you killed, no matter what side they are on.")
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To: Saints fan
Donald Trump was on Fox News last week - said the city should be raised above sea level (dump dirt to raise it) or abandoned.

There was a 5.2 earthquake a few weeks ago, 100 miles south of NO. It is the largest quake ever in that area, and was ignored by the MSM. The New Madrid Fault is overdue for a 'big one' -- no telling what that would do to NO/levee.

Hurricanes, quakes and bombs are all threats.

47 posted on 03/06/2006 6:07:16 PM PST by Ed_in_NJ (Who killed Suzanne Coleman?)
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To: muawiyah
The city itself is not needed to move freight.

Totally agree. But I also think that there are parts of the city worth preserving. The Garden District and the French Quarter, for sure. And maybe other areas.
But that's all for historic and sentimental reasons, not because we need the city.

48 posted on 03/06/2006 6:10:10 PM PST by speekinout
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To: Saints fan
Nope, the feds built the levee walls in the late 80's, early 90's.They were incredibally misengineered and built by the Army Corps of Engineers.If they were built right , New Orleans would not have flooded.

According to other postings, there had been plans to build floodgates between Lake Ponchatrain and the canals; such plans were scuttled by environmental groups. Had such floodgates been built, the breach of a canal wall would have dumped a canalfull of water into the city, but not a lakefull.

49 posted on 03/06/2006 6:11:55 PM PST by supercat (Sony delenda est.)
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To: mosquewatch.com
There's a tendency ~ a rather strong one ~ for news media of all kinds to AVOID doing stories on places that are totally destroyed.

Part of it has to do with getting into them, and a bigger part has to do with staying there once you get in.

That's just the way it is.

In my lifetime I've seen Hurricane Hazel visit my homestate of Indiana and rain for 30+ days. Flooded everything. State looked like a lake. Not a culvert or small bridge left anywhere. There was a lot of devastation near creeks and streams that looked like raging rivers.

Yet, when last January 2005 came around, and there were massive rains on top of a 3 foot snowfall leftover from December, and the whole place looked like another Great Lake, with devastation near creeks and sreams on the order of what you would expect from a raging, flood swollen Mississippi River, the Main Stream Media, local media, and even amateur soothsayers and tale spinners didn't seem to recall or know about the devastation nearly half a century ago.

There was little written about it at the time in fact, because, lo and behold, there was so much disruption of normal life it just didn't get written.

Still, people knew.

BTW, the damage in 2005 was substantially less than that of the earlier floods ~ mostly because folks learned what to do to make sure the damage didn't happen. Part of it has to do with NOT BUILDING IN THE FLOOD PLAIN, and certainly NOT IN THE FLOOD PATH!

One would hope New Orleans folks, and other Gulf Coast folks as well, would learn.

50 posted on 03/06/2006 6:19:59 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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