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Monday, December 12, 2005

NOLA

Pretty awesome post at Think Progress:

"Bush Advisor To Reporter: Katrina “Has Fallen So Far Off The Radar Screen, You Can’t Find It”

Good stuff:
On September 15, President Bush stood in Jackson Square in New Orleans and made a promise:

And tonight I also offer this pledge of the American people: Throughout the area hit by the hurricane, we will do what it takes, we will stay as long as it takes, to help citizens rebuild their communities and their lives. And all who question the future of the Crescent City need to know there is no way to imagine America without New Orleans, and this great city will rise again.

It hasn’t worked out that way. Here’s Washington Post reporter Mike Allen today on Meet the Press:

I’m going to tell you something to amaze you; it amazed me yesterday. The last time the president was in the hurricane region was October 11, two months ago. The president stood in New Orleans and said it was going to be one of the largest reconstruction efforts in the history of the world. You go to the White house home page, there’s Barney camp, there’s Social Security, there’s Renewing Iraq. Where’s renewing New Orleans? A presidential advisor told me that issue has fallen so far off the radar screen, you can’t find it.

The New York Times says the neglect is threatening the future of the city:

We are about to lose New Orleans.

Whether it is a conscious plan to let the city rot until no one is willing to move back or honest paralysis over difficult questions, the moment is upon us when a major American city will die, leaving nothing but a few shells for tourists to visit like a museum.

Why does this president seem more interested in rebuilding Iraq than rebuilding America?

My guess...

More money?

BREAKING: Military Will Request $100B For Iraq Next Year, Murtha Reveals

"During his response to President Bush this afternoon, Murtha revealed, for the first time, that the Pentagon will ask for an additional $100 billion for operations in Iraq next year."

You'd think that there'd be SO MUCH CASH TO BE MADE in the reconstruction of NoLA, but, uh, you know, you gotta share that cash with a lot of different people.

Wink wink.

Plus, methinks we'll be fighting the "War on Terror" for the next four or five decades.

Capice?
MURTHA: Twenty years it’s going to take to settle this thing.

The American people is not going to put up with it; can’t afford it. We have spent $277 billion. That’s what’s been appropriated for this operation. We have $50 billion sitting on the table right now in our supplemental, or bridge fund we call it, in the Appropriations Committee. They’re going to ask for another $100 billion next year.

QUESTION: Can we come back to the $100 billion? You said that you expect the military to ask for $100 billion. Where are you getting that figure?

MURTHA: Where I get all my figures: the military.
"How high is the water, momma?"

$427 billion and rising.

A good gig if you can get it.

Estimates to rebuild NOLA, anyone?

Your comments will be much appreciated.

More later...

1 Comments:

  • Brendan,

    The "Think Progress" link is broken..just thought you'd want to know. I hope you're feeling better.

    By Blogger doomsy, at 3:24 PM  

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