Skip to comments.Nagin: New Orleans aggressive in claims (He wants $77 Billion)
Posted on 03/03/2007 5:01:39 PM PST by driftdiver
NEW ORLEANS - Only $1 billion of the $77 billion the city is seeking from the Army Corps of Engineers is for infrastructure damages it says it suffered because of levee breaches during Hurricane Katrina. The rest is for such things as the city's tarnished image and tourist industry losses. ADVERTISEMENT
The city "looked at everything and just kind of piled it on," Mayor Ray Nagin said.
"We got some advice from some attorneys to be aggressive with the number, and we'll see what happens," he said.
New Orleans has joined big business and thousands of homeowners in filing claims seeking compensation from the corps for damages sustained when the levees broke during the 2005 storm, flooding 80 percent of the city.
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That's quite a leader right there, yessiree. He must've picked up that nugget watching the Today show or something.
So are we supposed to spend $77 billion every couple of years because the French (being the French) built a city below sea level and its inhabitants rely on government too much? I don't think so.
How much money has the rest of the Gulf Coast demanded and received?
How about he takes responsibility for New Orleans? The mayor that did nothing.
Hey Ray, what did you do with all those school buses that came underwater because you refused to use them to evacuate the people? Were they sold at a garage sale?
I wonder how much of that will end up in his personal bank account......
Keep the port and the French Quarter and let the river have the rest.
the savage will try to steal as much of it as he can.
It's a wonder to me that between August '05 and now, that guy hasn't been (a) indicted or (b) whacked.
'School Bus' Nagin better bust a move before the next one hits...
In 1871 a fire nearly destroyed the entire city of Chicago, yet, the city rebuilt itself with virtually no government assistance.
The mayor of Chicago put a nonprofit agency, the Chicago Relief and Aid Society, in charge of accepting and distributing the charitable contributions that poured in from all around the country. The police maintained order and attempted to keep looting to a minimum. But this was about the extent of the government's role.
Just two weeks after the fire, O. C. Gibbs of the Chicago Relief and Aid Society issued a circular to all Society personnel. The contents of that memo are worth quoting at length:"Every carpenter or mason can now earn from three to four dollars per day, every laborer two dollars, every half-grown boy one dollar, every woman capable of doing household work from two to three dollars per week and her board ... Clerks, and persons unaccustomed to outdoor labor, if they cannot find such employment as they have been accustomed to, must take such as if offered or leave the city. Any man, single woman, or boy, able to work and unemployed at this time, is so from choice and not necessity...
"Give no aid to any families who are capable of earning their own support, if fully employed...
"No aid should be rendered to persons possessed of property, either personal or real, from which they might, by reasonable exertions, procure the means to supply their wants, nor to those who have friends able to help them."
I've always said that NOLA should have been declared a tax-exempt zone for five years and private investors would have rebuilt that city in no time.
I wonder what percentage of a billion dollars actually gets where it's intended, the rest ending up in freezers and numbered Swiss bank accounts.
I bet he wants to buy NEW SCHOOL BUSES !!!
I think they prefer freezers to banks.
Here we go again REWARDING INCOMPETANCY, He is a bumbling failure as well as the Govenor, Many lives could have been saved if he and she would have put the weather channel on!!!! They dropped the ball and all we hear is its Bushes fault, I will agree the federal governments response was slow but they were the first responders and they sat back and did nothing!!!! We all saw they lines of school buses in the parking lot under water after the storm, Shameful simply shameful, This arrogant SOB should be brought to justice for failure to act as a human being.
He has to lure back in all that chocolate.
Hey Nagin, the "chocolate" factory has been moved to mexico. Try there.
Let us know how it works out.
> He wants $77 Billion
Reparations for Chocolate City.
"It's a wonder to me that between August '05 and now, that guy hasn't been (a) indicted or (b) whacked."
Nope. Instead he get's re-elected.
Well, you POS, you'd better talk to them lawyers about giving those guns back, or at least coming up with a good story about where they are.
I hope this POS and his stinking Chief of Police go to jail over the gun confiscations.
Hey mayor first you give back all the guns you confiscated and then we will talk!
I work with a herd of Democrats and still I hear conversations about "that George Bush" who still hasn't personally rebuilt every house in New Orleans. Endless complaints about how Bush doesn't care about Katrina, how he sent all the New Orleans money to Iraq when he should have been building housing projects and providing welfare checks, it just goes on and on. Never a word about personal responsibility, insurance problems, that it was a STORM not a Republican project, that there are issues when living below sea level etc. Katrina will be the siren song of the disaffected welfare state until some bigger displacement comes along. That evil Bush!
Afterwards just dont call FEMA, Bush or anyone in the Federal Govt when you get your collective asses kicked by nature again.
Hang on to your wallet if THAT ever happens... the welfare leaches will demand trillions...
I wouldn't trust the alleged leaders in NO with a buck much less 77 bil.
They tried selling one of the busses on eBay.
Their first effort netted almost $ 7k in bids and then they had to restart the auction due to bizarre legal requirements.
The second one netted almost $4k, below the reserve, so I'm not sure what happened to the bus or if they ever managed to sell it.
I really liked the guy selling the bus. He was pummelled with questions and answers, including someone who proposed to use it as a submarine. His reply, if I recall correctly, is that he thought it would be able to submerge, but wasn't sure about the other part!
I wonder what the salvage value of one of those things would have been. Anyone know?
The remnants of the auction (pictures and Q&A long since taken down, alas)
Was it identified as a flooded vehicle? I think if a vehicle is flooded like that it doesn't have much salvage value. Hmmm...it seems to me there was some fraud after Hurricane Andrew or maybe it was the flood of '95? when people and businesses were trying to launder flooded vehicles.
Give him what San Francisco and Chicago got after their disasters. Nothing. If its worth living there people will build it again. If not, time to pull the life support and let it go.
It will be an interesting legal case. The levies that broke, if my understanding is not flawed, were not actually built by the Corps. The money went to the local government and the levies were built below the specifications of the Corps with the difference being pocketed by Brother in Law Tommie or Uncle Fred.
"Follow the money!"
"Follow the money!"
"Follow the money!"
That did merit repeating. But threepeating? ;-)
"t will be an interesting legal case. The levies that broke, if my understanding is not flawed, were not actually built by the Corps. The money went to the local government and the levies were built below the specifications of the Corps with the difference being pocketed by Brother in Law Tommie or Uncle Fred."
Last time I looked, the Corps' own report (as well as that of three other independent engineering firms) accepted full culpability for the failure of the levees to perform up to their design specs. Words like "faulty design and construction" I believe. I don't see how it's possible to maintain something that is improperly designed and constructed in the first place short of what they were supposed to do.
Typical liberal entitlement mentality.
Let's see... do I want my tax dollars to go to our soldiers or New Orleans? Hm... this is a hard one.. NOT.. Nagin needs to suck it up and get on with life.
77 billion! Apparently the new plan is to construct the levees out of pure gold.
Fascinating. Thanks for info.
Does anybody remember the story about the teenager who "commandeered" one of those buses and loaded about 80 people from his neighborhood up in it. They took off to Texas and pooled their resources for fuel. They made it all the way to I think it was Houston. When he got there, they wanted to turn him back because he wasn't an assigned evacuee driver. He parked the bus, got off and said he wasn't leaving. This was just a kid, but it seems that he had a more level head on his shoulders than Nagin.
I was in Louisiana at the time of both Katrina and Rita. Rita did as much damage to the western part of the state as did Katrina to the eastern. Whole cities were blown away. I don't hear any complaining from that side of the state. You know why? Because these people are hard working "Cajuns" who aren't looking for handouts. They picked themselves up, dusted off and started rebuilding.
It would be cheaper to move the whole city.