Thursday, September 01, 2005


As ye sow...

I hate being a poverty-line American in the era of George W. Bush, but I would REALLY hate being a disaster victim under his watch. As one watches him mouth his dreadful platitudes on television, one can almost sense the pins-and-needles he's on lest someone mention two facts that have lately started to look a tad unwise. First, the Bush administration had all but cut off funding for SELA (The South Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project) by 2003, and second, he's slashed funding for FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

The Army Corps of Engineers has been pretty bald about it. It was way behind schedule with flood control measures for New Orleans ($23M short on scheduled improvements in the Lake Ponchartrain levees, for instance), but it cited the costs of Iraq and Homeland Security as "putting pressure" on funds for flood control and disaster preparation.

Funny how no one wants a strong government until they need help. Then they can do nothing but complain about the tepid government response. Well, as ye sow, so shall ye reap.

The Quotidian Meander

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