You are coming here and telling us that we have some kind of moral obligation to do what you want. I clicked on your link, clicked on another link and there was referred to some more links.
I don't like being told I am failing in some moral obligation by someone who makes it hard for me to find out just what moral obligation he thinks I'm failing at and then criticizes me further for not following his maze of links.
As to Louisiana generally: First I went there and worked for 10 days for no compensation after Katrina and Rita. I would have stayed longer but the ARC seems to be run by jerks and I have a low BS tolerance.
Second, Louisiana has been the beneficiary of Federal funds both before and after the twin hits. Lousiana's own elected officials squandered the money. While I can see that it may be in the national interest to help repair some of the port facilities and the infrastructure to support them, I don't think there is a debt to people who have squandered previous funds.
There is always a moral obligation, as it were a debt to God, to help the needy. But the needy who have made themselves needy do not have the claim. We owe it to God, not to the poor, to help the poor.
Recently NPR or some other socialist radio station had a series about hwo simply marvelous Louisiana is and what a gem of cultural diversity and blah blah blah. And I personally find many aspects of Louisiana completely captivating.
But, damn it all! A whole culture develops below sea-level and in hurricane country. Federal dollars are poured in to build, raise, and maintain levees. Those dollars end up being controlled by corrupt boards and incompetent local politicians. When the inevitable disaster comes, the beneficiaries of those dollars come to us and tell us we owe it to them to give them MORE? Nagin is still mayor and I owe New Orleans a DIME?
I don't think so.
Make your case clear and accessible to those of us so far in the backwoods that we're still on dial-up. Show clearly how it is in our interests. And give some assurance that future aid will not go into the pockets of incompetent whore-mongers, and I'll listen and consider.
But tell me I HAVE to negotiate a rabbit-warren of high bandwidth links to find out that I OWE it to someone to subsidize the continued "roulant" of "les bons temps" and you've sure as shooting lost my attention.
What's the murder rate in the big easy these days? Is that my fault too?
posted on 08/13/2006 3:37:02 AM PDT
by Mad Dawg
(Reality is not optional.)
To: Mad Dawg
Sir, *PLEASE* do not misinterpret me, I am not saying the people themselves have not done enough or owe us ANYTHING.
What I am saying, is YOUR bureaucrats are making a mockery out of the monies and physical efforts and volunteer efforts that people unselfishly made under some VERY extremely harsh and rancid conditions, I am merely pleading for help (how and exactly what I am unsure), but I just know the bureaucrats are miserably fumbling the reconstruction and recovery efforts, and a lot of politically connected people are getting rich while people such as a recent episode wherein a blind woman whose home IS GONE cannot even get a FEMA trailer after repeated requests for almost a year now while others whom obviously do not need them are repeatedly offered these trailers and other aid.
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