Cavuto Guest: Government Should Not Be Paying For Katrina

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    I guess I agree with this, though I don't see how any private charity could have gotten up front the way FEMA was able to:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167790,00.html

     
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    If the U.S. has the money to rebuild Bagdad, then we have the money to rebuild New Orleans. Deficits are irrelevant, Cheney once said. Plug the levees and dikes, fix them right, pump the city out, get the sewage system, water and power working, wash down the streets and get the place back to normal. Spend whatever it takes to get New Orleans back in shape. We're doing it in Bagdad.
     
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    So, you want to gamble? Place yer bets and take yer chances.
    Which is exactly what everyone living in NO has done and they lost the bet.

    This disaster has been predicted for years. It's a no brainer,
    if you live on the coast BELOW sea level it's just
    a matter of WHEN not IF you'll be wiped out.

    I for one don't want any of my tax money used to rebuild NO.
    Humanitarian aid, okay...Other than that, forget it.
     
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    I agree--common sense would dictate simply abandoning the entire area and let Loiusianna build a new port city in an area that might be safe and sane. The old NO is dead and people have to face it---they can NEVER make it the same again. Grieve and move on! Private industry can start building and others will follow the jobs.
     
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    While i agree with the general idea and usually i have a cold calculation about these things, this is America. We are a country of idea-makers and we don't quit. Someone can figure out a BETTER way to run those levies or find a whole new solution all together.

    We can't just abandon an American city because its too hard to rebuild. This is people's homes and one of the key cities in the creation of this country. Stonewall Jackson and several thousand ragtag Americans defended her to the death against the British in the war of 1812. She was worth fighting for then and it is now.

    We will figure out a way to rebuild it. People's whole livelihoods are gone right now. We cant just say to them "your city is gone forever." We must help them rebuild. I believe that federal funding should be used for disaster and rebuilding of AMERICAN properties ABOVE ALL ELSE. We waste all that money in Africa, we can damn sure rebuild New Orleans.
     
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    Where do suggest the millions of gallons of polluted water be pumped?
     
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    I have to agree with bush lover. If we can spend billions to rebuild a foriegn country, we can rebuild New Orleans.

    So far the federal and state response to this disaster has been a complete embarassment.

    I support President Bush 100%, but he's dropping the ball on this one. Big time.

    :bang3:
     
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    Hang on here---The President is NOT the one in charge of everything that happens in America--People have to get that through their heads. Exactly WHAT ball did he drop---I wanna here some specific accusations and some assessment of how the STATE government responded. I'm sick of this blanket Bush bashing for what is happening in NO.
     
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    How can I explain it.

    What he is doing behind the scenes is good, all the federal funding, the navy etc...

    But Bush is coming off as detactched from the reality of the situtation.

    For example:

    On GMA he stated that "nobody ever dreamed the levee's would fail", yet for 2 days prior to the storm, that's all FOX, TWC, and CNN and everyone else talked about.

    Just my personal observation
     
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    At the risk of sounding cold hearted, I'm not so sure I disagree 100% with this guy. I mentioned previously that I was in Florida when Hurricane Andrew hit. Complete devastation. But there certainly wasn't the B.S. that is going on now. There weren't armed gangs patrolling the street looting and raping. I didn't hear of anyone standing around screaming about wanting the government to take care of them. Everyone cleaned up the mess, rebuilt, left the area, etc..and moved on.

    There were plenty of warnings for people to leave. There was a MANDATORY evacuation issued. Yet, people, for whatever reason, chose to ignore it.

    You choose to live where you live. You choose to do what you do. If you make the right decision, more power to you. If you make the wrong on, you have to pay the price. Hopefully you live from it and do better next time.

    Yes, the government could have done things to help before the Hurricane. I read something where they needed money to upgrade the levee structure but couldn't get enough money while there was money granted for a bridge in Alaska that went to an uninhabited island and something about studying dust in Arkansas.

    I don't know if the lobbyists didn't do a good enough job, or it was payback for some under the table crap (that we all know goes on).

    I hope NO gets rebuilt. I hope they do some serious thinking and soul-searching on how they do it. And I think they should absorb a majority, if not all the cost of doing it.
     

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