Katrina Proves Bush Failed New Orleans!
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.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.
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.
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".
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!