My family booked it out of Mandeville (Northside of Lake Ponchartrain) Saturday before Katrina hit. I have been angered by several things since we took refuge in Lake Charles ( About three hours driving distance from New Orleans). First is our stupid Governor. Anyone with half a brain in Louisiana knew that looting would be a big problem. She wouldnt allow the National Guard to go in after the storm hit. New Orleans was the second largest city in the country before the Civil War. Although much has been taken from Louisiana in regards to the fishing, oil and gas industry, nothing has been put back. Dr. Maestri a local professor predicted the results from a Category three storm would have on New Orleans back in the 1960s. The local, state and federal government has failed the people of New Orleans. The levee system was designed for a category three storm and people had cried for more to deaf ears. Well it finally happened. We got a Cat. Four storm that grazed the city. The result was a catastrophe of biblical proportions. Whos to blame? Well everyone. The State Government did nothing when New Orleans was booming in the 1970s and we had the money fix the problem. The federal government didnt do anything. To be truthful, the local government of New Orleans was so corrupt, they would have pocketed the money. The second thing that makes me angry is people questioning if New Orleans should be rebuilt. Well take a look at your local gas pump. 25% of the nations oil supply is either produced of the coast or passes through New Orleans. The port of Orleans was the worlds largest port. When the French established New Orleans in 1718 they placed the city at the best place of the foot of the mightiest river in North America. It has been here for 287 years. It is much older than America itself. Billions of dollars of goods pass through New Orleans. Some people say that a city shouldnt been in a flood zone. Isnt Los Angles located on a major fault line? If Los Angles was destroyed, do you think we would rebuild? With or with out America, New Orleans will rebuild. I hope Bush has a plan to rebuild the city. New Orleans has a large population of people with the welfare mentality. They have generations of animals that have been raised in the projects. That is why idiots are shooting at the rescue teams. These were the people for the most part that were in the Superdome. They have been sent throughout the country. Good luck with those folks because they arent coming back to rebuild. The one thing that is comforting to me is the response of the general population of America. As I drove home I saw Law Enforcement from throughout the country. Also Americans are opening their hearts, homes and their wallets to the people of New Orleans. If we are going to rebuild Pars, Berlin and Baghdad, certainly we can rebuild New Orleans into a place that is better than what it was. God Bless All!