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September 23, 2005

New Orleans Should Be A No Porking Zone

Topics: Natural Disasters

John Tabin at The American Spectator says he probably overestimated the political potency of President Bush's speech from New Orleans last week. What marginal support the President gained from centrists has been overwhelmed in part by support he's lost from conservatives, who are understandably worried about the massive increase in spending. According to Rasmussen Reports, only 43% of self-identified conservatives support a spending spree along the Gulf Coast, while 37% are opposed.

To most conservatives, the thought of Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin leading the recovery of Louisiana and New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina, (especially with fistfulls of federal dollars in each hand), is nearly as (scary and) heartbreaking as the unnecessary death and destruction that Hurricane Katrina wrought, mostly as a result of the chronic failure of local and state officials and Louisiana's Congressional delegation, especially its United States Senators, to prepare for a hurricane above category 3 and the particular ineptitude of the Dithering Duo.

Related: If you want to really get disgusted with the proposed bailout of New Orleans, read this prophetic 2001 article. After reading it, you'll be scratching your head and wondering how any reasonable mind could even consider a federally-funded rebuild of New Orleans; especially, with the ilk of Nagin and Blanco positioned between the money and it's destination, with open hands of their own and plenty of other hands belonging to their supporters.

Posted by Richard at September 23, 2005 4:16 PM

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