Let Louisiana do the rebuilding.

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    Mitch Landrieu the Lt. Governor of Louisiana gave an interesting proposal to Congress today. He basically proposed that the federal government keep the proposed 200 billion dollars in aid and let Louisiana keep all of its oil, gas, agricultural and fishing revenue. Apparently Congress didn’t really like that idea. He also reminded Congress that the same proposal was given ten years ago to allow Louisiana to fix its coastal erosion problem and its levee systems but it was denied back then. If they would have said yes, this disaster might have never happened. I guess America needs Louisiana.

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    I am not finding anything quite like that. I find one article that mentions,

    http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/washington/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1129702292198130.xml

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    I think that the government should help LA get on its feet again, but to rebuild all? Sorry, I don't think that should happen. I do think LA needs to take a real good look at what was in NO, move all that wasn't tourist related to other areas, drastically cutting the size of NO. At the same time, LA will be able to rebuild the tourism business in the city, since those business bring in the dollars necessary to rebuild if disaster were to strike again.

    There is no reason to have so many people living in an area that is that dangerous. Baton Rouge is not so far a drive or public trans. commute, that people could live in one area and still work in NO. Many people travel over 40 miles for work.
     
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    I agree Kathianne, that was my original point before I started giving r such a hard time. Drastic changes have to be made or it WILL happen again. We all pay for the mistakes and corruption in higher taxes and insurance cost. If all of the federal dollars were actually spent on the job they were given for maybe the levees would have been built correctly instead of the levee board spending it on airplanes and casinos.

    The Mississippi being what it is, the Army Corp. of Engineers have been fighting an uphill battle for decades.
    Look at a map, the river shouldn't be making that right angle turn to New Orleans from Baton Rouge, it is and will continue to be the biggest threat to that city. It doesn't take an engineer to know that there is something wrong when you stand in the French Quarter and can see a large part of a cargo ship traveling well over your head(not masts or even the wheel house but 3/4 of the side of the ship).

    The Sierra Club needs to be held accountable for the lawsuits they filed that prevented the needed work being done to the levee. The city also needs to be held responsible for spending rediculous amounts of money on pathetic football team owner's whims rather than the safety of their population. Let's see, should we spend a couple hundred million on luxury boxes for an already overpriced, underused playground(superdome?) for multi millionaire kids or use that money to fix the pumps that keep New Orleans dry?

    New Orleans needs to get their priorities figured out and get a real administration that does the work for the people rather than continue to build silly tourist traps. New Orleans doesn't have the luxury other cities have to waste money on teams that in reality bring very little revenue to the city. I remember a report on the revenue brought to Denver from having the Broncos fill Mile High Stadium every home game, it was a little over a million dollars a year cleared after all of the cost of putting on the games(in the early 90s). I would guess new Orleans doesn't do much better with the Aints.

    Elect a Mayor on qualifications rather than skin color, that would be a good start. Don't allow the poor to live in areas that you can't get out of, they may want to live in the city but it just isn't realistic. Quit pretending that you can build like any other city, other cities aren't guaranteed flood zones.

    I understand the sentimentality but it is just that, get real for once. The only reason people go to New Orleans is for the party atmosphere, build on that and strengthen that, bring in the casinos and quit pussy footing around, turn it into the Vegas of the south and let the idiots that want to get drunk and loose money gambling pay for the city.

    I haven't been there in twenty years and I will never return, it boring! Give me the western half of the country any day. If I need to be in a Port City I'll go to San Francisco or Seattle, both are much prettier and have a wealth of things to do besides eat and drink. But my real loves are Arizona and Colorado, give me Flagstaff or Steamboat and I'm a happy camper.
     
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    Arizona? Like that state would even be there without us drying out the west.
    Aren't they suppose to start having water shortages in the next 30 years because they have created artificial cities like Phoneix in the middle of the desert? What idiots.
    http://www.uswaternews.com/archives/arcsupply/tarifac7.html
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    No problem with your ideas, but an interesting point has been raised. Just WHAT is it we get from the Federal gov't that is worth what they take from us (the states)?

    Let LA keep their profits. Let TX keep our oil, refined gas, agricultural and livestock products. What are we funding?

    Congressperson living in relative luxury in DC and free trips home at our expense so they can accomplish gridlock?

    In short, I don't think the Federal gov't is currently earning its keep.
     
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    Well we do get a great army out of the deal. Also we got and are getting money to keep the great interstate system going but thats about it that I can think of. Louisiana could probably afford to go it alone. Texas would probably better off going it alone. When you think about it, its about ten states that support the other 40. Maybe we could create the nation of Texana? :happy2:
     
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    I guess I am just of the belief that the smaller we keep the federal gov't, in our case if we could get the federal gov't smaller, it would be less intrusive and better able to do the things it's qualified for, such as that army you mentioned.

    If the state's had more of their money, guess where the people's interest would be focused and demand for accountability?
     
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    I was just joking about the texana thing. However I was shocked and dismayed by the response of some of the people on this board about rebuilding an American city and region that has given so much to this country. I then realized this board represents only a handful of people and the general American population has opened up their hearts and wallets to us. Those that want to live and do in a desert or mountain region couldn’t do it with out the farmers of the Midwest or the offshore oil workers of Texas and Louisiana. We are one nation, one people and we must help each other in good and bad times. :usa:
     

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