Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Katrina Proves Bush Failed New Orleans!

Read this and weep. As reported:
Mr. Naomi grew particularly frustrated this year as the Gulf Coast braced for what forecasters said would be an intense hurricane season and a nearly simultaneous $71 million cut was announced in the New Orleans district budget to guard against such storms.
He called the cut drastic in an article in New Orleans CityBusiness (June 6, 2005).:
In fiscal year 2006, the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is bracing for a record $71.2 million reduction in federal funding.

It would be the largest single-year funding loss ever for the New Orleans district, Corps officials said.

I've been here over 30 years and I've never seen this level of reduction, said Al Naomi, project manager for the New Orleans district. I think part of the problem is it's not so much the reduction, it's the drastic reduction in one fiscal year. It's the immediacy of the reduction that I think is the hardest thing to adapt to.

There is an economic ripple effect, too. The cuts mean major hurricane and flood protection projects will not be awarded to local engineering firms. Also, a study to determine ways to protect the region from a Category 5 hurricane has been shelved for now.

Money is so tight the New Orleans district, which employs 1,300 people, instituted a hiring freeze last month on all positions. The freeze is the first of its kind in about 10 years, said Marcia Demma, chief of the Corps' Programs Management Branch.

In an interview last night, Mr. Naomi said the cuts had made it impossible to complete contracts for vital upgrades that were part of the long-term plan to renovate the system.

Cutting funds for levees while throwing away billions, many of which are still unaccounted for, in Iraq. And the result?

Failed Levees in New Orleans

But they didn't vote for Bush did they? All of those minorities in New Orleans, African-Americans who supported the Democrats. Why would this President care about them? It is all about politics isn't it? You can't be heard by this President unless he is preaching to the choir. Unfortunately, Katrina wasn't "invitation-only".

As reported:
Of course, in Louisiana, Bush managed to get 58.6 percent of the vote. But, then, in Orleans County, Kerry won by 77 percent.

America needs to get her priorities straight. The estimated $25 billion damage in New Orleans represents 12 weeks of American military expenses in Iraq. It is time for change in America! We are now drowning in the Bush Tsunami. Someone save us!



Blogger Librarian 2 said...

This is right. South Louisiana has been more likely to vote Democrat so what difference did it make to Bush to help them?

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Blogger BobsAdvice said...

I get very tired of the failure of this Presidency to prevent major catastrophes and then the grandstanding and "patriotism" that follows with flag-waving as we try to cover up our past errors of judgment.

It reminds me of the Presidential Memo about 9/11 warning President Bush about the upcoming attacks by hijacked airlines a month before they occurred:

"We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a [redacted] service in 1998 saying that bin Laden wanted to hijack a U.S. aircraft to secure the release of 'Blind Sheikh' Omar Abdel Rahman and other U.S.-held extremists," the memo says in part.

This is another failure of President Bush and the Republicans in Congress. They have short-changed America once again. Time for new leadership in the White House and in Congress.


7:00 AM  

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