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September 9, 2005

About that Federal funding of the Louisiana disaster planning verses how it was spent!

Topics: Natural Disasters

Douglas Hanson, national security affairs correspondent of The American Thinker, brings to our attention some interesting facts and perspectives regarding the funding of Louisiana's disaster planning and how it was spent. It appears that Louisiana and New Orleans had the plans, money, troops, police, the command and control, and a solid PR effort, but very little control of greed and corruption. As Hanson's article makes clear, throwing money at greedy politicians hasn't really solved our disaster and terrorist response problems; and never will. The DHS and politicians of both parties have soaked the American taxpayer for far too long, and we have gotten little or nothing in return.

We've already seen politicians from both parties are scrambling to explain, blame, and accuse the opposition of neglect or malfeasance in responding to the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The left and it's allies in the media have already established a meme that accuses the administration of devoting too much money for homeland security (and Iraq) and not enough for Corps of Engineer flood control work. Yet one thing is certain; the rants of New Orleans' Mayor Nagin and the silence of Governor Blanco are orchestrated to deflect attention from their gross negligence in responding to this tragedy.

As Hanson points out and as we all well know, we have now suffered a human tragedy greater than the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon because we have paid faceless government functionaries to guarantee our safety, thinking they had our best interests at heart. The American people need to demand accountability from these charlatans, or we will witness a repeat on a far greater scale.

In a related post from Redstate:

We learn from this story that contrary to popular opinion, Louisiana not only received its share of Army Corps of Engineers funding, it led the nation in receiving such funds. We also learn that most of the funds went to pork-barrel projects that had nothing to do with flood control thanks to the efforts of Louisiana's congressional delegation. And finally, we learn that the Bush Administration provided more money for flood control than did the Clinton Administration before it and that even though the Corps requested more money, "Lt. Gen. Carl Strock, the chief of the Corps, has said that in any event, more money would not have prevented the drowning of the city, since its levees were designed to protect against a Category 3 storm, and the levees that failed were already completed projects."
Tags: Katrina, Homeland security, New Orleans

Posted by Richard at September 9, 2005 8:32 AM

Corruption in Louisiana? Say it ain't so. ;-) Just goes to show you that graft leads to poverty (you know, in case we didn't have all of the banana republics to the south to serve as our reminders).

Posted by: Ma r t i n @ b l o g b a t at September 9, 2005 1:46 PM

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