A couple of comments to my previous post got me thinking about who gets the blame for the lack of progress in NOLA. Well, always, there's blame to go around.
I think that the current federal administration is largely to blame for the lack of rebuilding in New Orleans. I think it is foolish to think that they are not the biggest reason why our city has not been rebuilt.
I also think that the non-coastal states have less of an understanding of this as a tragedy, since non-coastal states don't understand hurricane-related flooding that well. Some of them (say, North Dakota) do understand flooding as well as we do, but they also, unfortunately understand getting federal bailout money much better than we do.
Do I agree with self defense of a community? Well, that depends upon your definition of self-defense. Seeing as how I can hire blackwater to kill you for no apparent reason, and cloak it as self-defense, then I think that the concept of self defense to justify a lot of the shit that went on post-K is utter bullshit.
Yes, Baton Rouge is largely to blame for a lot of the stalling. When I say they, then I am referring to all non-New Orleanians that could care less about this place. Baton Rouge is filled with them. Note that they can belong to any party. As I’ve said before, I don’t care what party you belong to, you’re either for us or against us. Blanco, Nagin, Bush: fuckmooks all.
As far as the Republican controlled congress giving us $10B+ for recovery…well, I know people that are still spending $1500 a month mortgage on a place that they cannot inhabit. My question is WHERE THE FUCK IS THE MONEY??? Your children will be paying for this Iraq debacle long after you’re dead and gone. They won’t be paying for levees, because the levees, and our city, will not exist if they have their way.
Finally, do not think that I do not hold our local officials to blame. That’s why I worked my ass of to get as many of the bums thrown out as I could. I still get some hate mail from Batt supporters. I tried my damnedest to get Fielkow and Midura and Mitch elected, and it looks like Midura is working out well. Fielkow hasn’t shown me as much as Midura yet, but I’ll cut him some slack for now. Mitch would have been an upgrade, as is now obvious to everyone. Keep in mind that C. Ray was overwhelmingly elected by people who do not live in New Orleans.
So, is now the time for finger pointing? Sure. I’ve got 10 fingers.
Here's the middle finger, right hand: for the guy who couldn't be bothered to come back from his month long vacation, the guy who thought it would be a nice political perq to have the head of an Arabian Horse association running the biggest federal disaster recovery unit in the world.