New Orleans to Get What It Deserves

Thursday, April 20, 2006


The electorate of New Orleans seems bent on rewarding incompetence by returning Mayor "Buses, what buses?" Nagin to office. Sad but unsurprising news, as unsurprising as another Landrieu trying to belly up to the trough in order to bury his snout in the federal money.

Ron Forman would have a decent chance were it not for Landrieu's presence but a divided opposition just about guarantess either an outright Nagin victory or a Nagin/Landrieu runoff in May.

Given the probable outcome, it would be a responsible move by Congress to increase the budget for GAO oversight of the federal money to be sent to New Orleans (and Lousiana) tenfold. The citizens of New Orleans deserve the government they elect but the citizens of the United States don't deserve to have their tax dollars divided between fraud and mismanagement in the dismal swamps of Lousiana.

10 comments:

David Thomson said...

I am losing what little remaining pity I have for the citizens of New Orleans. Don’t they remind you of the Palestinians? They are mostly responsible for their plight. Nobody forced them to elect such idiots. It’s time for we taxpaying outsiders begin to administer some tough love.

Rick Ballard said...

DT,

I certainly have sympathy for them as individuals who have experienced personal trauma and there is justification for offering federally funded individual relief. Passing that relief through the hands of people who proved themselves incapable of executing their own disaster plan is simply foolish. If it were solely their money, no one could complain.

David Thomson said...

“I certainly have sympathy for them as individuals who have experienced personal trauma...”

I have less sympathy because they are responsible for electing these fools in the first place. This nonsense did begin during Katrina. It has been going on for decades, if not over a century. The Louisiana voters repeatedly voted in the Long brothers and other scoundrels. They knew what was happening. Nobody put a gun to their head.

I live in Houston, Texas. In some respects, I should be thrilled that the voters of New Orleans and Louisiana are such idiots. Houston should have never become such an economically dominant city. It was the rampant corruption in Louisiana that pushed so much business, especially in the shipping industry, into our area.

s said...

"They knew what was happening."

And yet they still wouldn't vote for Republicans.


(That was irresistible. I'm a registered Republican. I've voted for Keyes and Bush.)

Knucklehead said...

The ultimate value of democracy, for all its imperfections and inefficiencies, is that it allows the voting public to eventually direct public resources - taxpayer money - to the things they want to pay for. Democracy is sorrowfully slow, inefficient, and often ineffective. But no other system is even remotely as effective at letting the people decide what they want their taxes spent on.

What the people of New Orleans (and the Palestinians) are doing is demonstrating their desire to have their public revenue spent in the same ways it has always been spent. They are apparently satisfied with their condition. What they fail to recognize is that a huge portion of the revenue they decided to continue to distribute in the same old ways comes from other people's pockets and that those other people can - and hopefully will - decide to stop sending so much of it.

Or to put it in my Mom's words, "You made your bed and now you have to sleep in it."

JohnnyCanuck said...

A Nagin victory has always been a foregone conclusion. I can't see how anyone would be surprised. The only way he could lose is if the displacement following Katrina led to fewer black voters. Race always trumps everything else and always will.

To paraphrase Trotsky: You may not be interested in race, but race is interested in you.

David Thomson said...

“The ultimate value of democracy, for all its imperfections and inefficiencies, is that it allows the voting public to eventually direct public resources - taxpayer money - to the things they want to pay for.”

Many of the voters in New Orleans do not pay taxes. On top of that, these residents take for granted they can put their hands into the pockets of the federal government. I am reminded of the drunks who partied all night---and then try to stick you with the bill the next morning.

Knucklehead said...

DT,

Precisely. What they fail to understand is that they are not drawing the revenue water from their own well. The revenue water is being trucked in from far and wide and gifted to them.

If and when the trucks stop arriving with the gifted revenue water we'll soon find them congregated around the local well, befuddledly peering into the inky depth, and having a confused conversation among themselves about why they can't seem to get the thing to spurt out some revenue water.

With a little luck and prodding eventually thirst may focus their attention. Or maybe they'll dry up and blow away.

Doug said...

I'm with DT,
Mine the dikes!

s said...

"Here in New Orleans, Mayor Ray Nagin has been playing Hamlet, only without the intellect and eloquence. His first plan was to recommend turning some of these ruined black neighborhoods into parks, but then he quickly changed his mind when residents responded with impassioned calls for his oblong head. In the current vacuum of leadership, no one really knows what the plan is. Sitting in the Ninth Ward, I find it hard to believe that there's any plan."

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/9598135/how_to_steal_a_coastline