Nagin - "Where's My Money?"

Monday, January 29, 2007
New Orlean's sniveling failure of a mayor just can't stop whining. Maybe he should talk to Blanco. She probably has the dough stashed on a sunken bus. Or look in "Cold Cash" Jefferson's new walk in freezer, it might be there. Or check the bank accounts of the Landrieu family. They've been stealing from the government for decades and there is no reason to think they've slowed down at all with this honeypot available.

One thing is for sure. The people of New Orleans and Lousiana have precisely the government that they deserve.

And I'm plumb out of sympathy for people too dumb to get rid of crooks.

14 comments:

David Thomson said...

That's the right attitude to have. These people in New Orleans are mostly responsible for their own troubles. We must demand that they act like adults---and not victims!

Skookumchuk said...

Well, what we see here is merely the most egregious of examples. The real thing is that local institutions need to be honest, yes, but they must also be effective. Ideally, government should be able to quickly direct as much as possible at the local level, given that the local fire chief should understand the city in ways that some DC cubicle-dweller cannot. If a city or a state has its act together, that might suffice. And if needs cannot be met, then as quickly as it can the local government must tell the Feds exactly what it requires. If the DC cubicle-dweller knows more about the city than the fire chief, then there is a problem. And if the city can't respond in a timely way, then the game may be pretty much up.

There is plenty to chew on here for city governments and local hospitals and fire departments and public utilities pretty much everywhere.

David Thomson said...

Mayor Richard Daily ran a corrupt administration---but he made damn sure that the city of Chicago was run effectively. The citizens of New Orleans have the worst of both words. They are enduring a corrupt--and ineffective government.

Rick Ballard said...

Skook,

I read this as a plea to dump oversight controls. The LA Dem grifters and grafters want a "big pot" under their control without a pesky audit trail. "Honest" and "local institutions" really don't fit together in a description of LA.

Nagin also wants fed funds to replace lost city revenue - on a perpetual basis. It looks like he's lost about half his "client" base on a rather permanent basis.

Skookumchuk said...

rick:

Nagin also wants fed funds to replace lost city revenue - on a perpetual basis.

Ya think?

Skookumchuk said...

And then there is this.

terrye said...

The other day when Saints were playing Gale was complaining about the whining the locals were doing. He said just about the same thing Rick did.

What is that saying? My give a damn is broken.

Buddy Larsen said...

North Louisiana, that is, all of it except the old Reconstruction District of New Orleans, is a whole different world, tho, folks. You ain't SEEN frustration 'til you look to the hostage portion of the state.

Skookumchuk said...

Buddy:

This is true. They are almost like two different states. Like Seattle and the rest of Washington, or like San Francisco and Orange County, California.

Barry Dauphin said...

I understand the comments and agree with some of the sentiments, although I think some are too global, of the F them all variety. Whatever New Orleanians are, they aren't Islamofascists.

Elections have winners and losers, and not everyone votes for the winner, but those in the voting minority still have to live with the winner. So "they" didn't vote for Nagin 100%. Although I have not seen an analysis of this (nor do I know if one has been attempted), I believe Nagin owes his office to people who aren't even living in the city (remeber all the disenfranchisement talk and people voting in Houston, etc. They're still in Houston but voted for Nagin).

Nagin is a joke. Even Bob Herbert (of all people), while on the Charlie Rose show, saved his strongest vitriol for Nagin and not for the Feds. Yes, it must be bad if Bob Herbert can say that. Yes the city is and has been dysfunctional and corrupt for years. It will not be as big as it was before, nor does it have the economy to support the 450,000 people it had. A restoration is a dream for some, and they will have to mourn the loss and move on.

Nonetheless there are folks down there who are not irresponsible or on welfare or lazy. It really is difficult to get things done and the Feds have a share of that repsonsibility (and the Army Corps of Engineers certainly has a share of responsibility for the problem, already admitted as such). Mississippi is also having problems, although receives less attention in the news. The amount of damage and displaced people is humungous, and there really are only so many hours in a day. The amount of reconstruction, even with a smaller footprint, is daunting and will simply take time. And yes, even the Feds have been in on the corruption angle. There are load of money out there, too much will get stolen.

Buddy Larsen said...

And it ain't just NOLA. Meet the new boss.

Lexington Green, gonna come 'round again someday.

terrye said...

Barry:

I agree and I think that people like Spike Lee and nagin have done the city and the area a disservice by using the hurricane and its damage for personal political gain.

richard mcenroe said...

"Whatever New Orleanians are, they aren't Islamofascists."

No, but they make pretty fair Cajun Cubans. The Louisiana Marielitos are fast wearing out their welcome in the cities that took them in...

Tim said...

Wow, so much hate on a single blog.

I'm stunned.

Tell you what: All of you write to your reps in Congress and tell them to release Louisiana from the Union. Yeah, that's right. We are so difficult, so embarrassing, why not set us loose on a raft to fend for ourselves?

We promise to never ask the other 49 states for help ever again.

And then we'll sell you oil and seafood and access to the Mississippi River for what it's really worth. And we'll collect 100% of the offshore mineral royalties.

Any takers?

Peace,

Tim