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Saturday, September 03, 2005

NY Times hypocritical about N.O. levee funding

NY Times editorial of April 2005:
The bill would shovel $17 billion at the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and other water-related projects — this at a time when President Bush is asking for major cuts in Medicaid and other important domestic programs.
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This is a bad piece of legislation.
NY Times editorial of 1st Sept 2005:
Why was Congress, before it wandered off to vacation, engaged in slashing the budget for correcting some of the gaping holes in the area's flood protection?
Yet another partisan attack on US Republicans bought to you by the NY Times (c/o NRO Media Blog).

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 9/03/2005 08:36:00 PM

4 Comments:

Blogger reid said...

But what if it's true?
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"It appears that the money has been moved in the president’s budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that’s the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can’t be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."

New Orleans Times-Picayune Newspaper - 8 June 2004

More background here.

9/04/2005 09:47:00 AM  
Blogger JamesP said...

It wouldn't have made any difference. "Fully funded" levies built for a Cat3 hurricane are going to be breached in a Cat4. Consider that even one of the newest reinforced concrete levies was breached.

IMO the state of the flood defenses is largely irrelevant because this was the direct hit by a massive storm that was always going to overwhelm any practical defense. The "blame game" should focus on what happened afterwards because the response seems to be rather poor for what was an entirely foreseeable disaster.

9/04/2005 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Er Reid - you should read the original at factcheck.org. I think the completion date was set for 2015. And like James said, they were only designed to stop storm surge from a cat 3, not a ca4 or 5.

9/04/2005 11:34:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I have no doubt after this the Federal Government will grow even further, when really it was a matter of incompetence by local leadership on the ground.

9/04/2005 11:40:00 AM  

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