There is much discussion on the internet and elsewhere concerning the wisdom of rebuilding New Orleans.
Instapundit thinks it is a bad idea.
I am not so sure.
Galveston rebuilt, as did San Francisco and Chicago and Oklahoma City and Grand Forks, ND.
But the real argument here is the role of the federal government and the responsibility we as tax payers have to one another.
The federal government is required to pay for 3/4 of the cost of rebuilding or repairing the infrastructure of the disaster area.
But what about the people, especially the poor who will not have the funds to rebuild?
If I were a libertarian I would say that was not my job.
But then again I live in rural America and I pay to help Los Angeles have new highway whether I like it or not.
I pay to send other's people children to school.
I pay to provide health care and social security benefits to people I don't know and have no relation to at all.
I do it for the common good, as do we all.
So is it in the interest of the common good to rebuild New Orleans?
Thomas Jefferson told the French that whomever controlled New Orleans was our natural enemy, so vital was the mouth of the mighty Mississipi. So the French sold it to the United States.
I say rebuild it, but require transparency and set limits.
Put someone like Giuliani in control of the money and keep it honest.
Build up the levees and storm walls to protect the city and consider letting some it become a park rather than residential areas.
But don't abandon it.