The state of
is one of
a group of ultra-Conservative southern states where the Federal government is
not just despised, not just hated, it is loathed with the intensity of a thousand suns. Of course this feeling does not prevail when
it comes to lining up for a massive federal project
to keep its premier city, Louisiana New Orleans from
washing away into the Gulf of Mexico.
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Nearly five years after Katrina and the devastating failures of the levee system, New Orleans is well on its way to getting the protection system Congress ordered: a ring of 350 miles of linked levees, flood walls, gates and pumps that surrounds the city and should defend it against the kind of flooding that in any given year has a 1 percent chance of occurring.
Wow, that sounds kind of expensive. Wonder how much taxpayer money from the other 49 states went into this project?
The scale of the nearly $15 billion project, which is not due to be completed until the beginning of next year’s hurricane season, brings to mind an earlier age when the nation built huge works like the Brooklyn Bridge, the Hoover Dam and the Interstate highway system.
But at least the people of
ought to be pretty happy about the help they are getting from the rest of the
nation. Maybe they will revise their
attitude and not be quite so hostile to federal spending. But probably not.
As for the rest of us, we all hope that
is now protected and that something like Katrina will never ever happen
again. We only ask for one thing, a nice
“thank you” from the citizens of the Bayou state. Really folks, you have been given a massive
federal welfare payment, couldn’t you just make a small gesture of