Katrina: Two years later

Posted by: ST on August 29, 2007 at 8:47 am

The stories about the two year anniversay of Katrina are all over the news this morning already, but before you get started on reading their “before/after” recaps, make sure to check out Tigerhawk’s post in which he asks: Katrina reconstruction: Will government’s failure make people more self-reliant? A snippet:

So, my question for your discussion should now be obvious: Since people all over the United States have now seen that government flood insurance and disaster relief is far from effective, will they be less likely to take on risks notwithstanding a subsidized government insurance scheme? Will they be more likely to rely on themselves to rebuild their houses and their lives notwithstanding the promises of politicians that governments will do it for them? Will Americans become more self-reliant because Katrina has taught them that they must be? Finally, if you answer “no” to any of these questions and yet you claim to be opposed to “big government,” reconcile the inconsistency.

Bryan Preston, who was the blogger to watch during the Katrina disaster and its aftermath, wrote a comprehensive post last year on the anniversary of Katrina that is well worth taking the time to read, or re-read (whichever the case may be), in light of today’s anniversary and all the stories we’re sure to see which will once again try and play the blame game.

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  1. daveinboca says:

    Katrina was a disaster fifty years in the making, according to an ex-Green Beret Army Officer friend who told me the following story.

    From the late 1940s to the late ’60s, this friends great-uncle was a senior Army officer in the Army Corps of Engineers and was involved and in the latter part of his career, in charge of bolstering the levee system protecting New Orleans. He had more than fifteen years on the job there and was intimately involved in the construction, repair, and enlargement of the vast system enclosing the city and its suburbs.

    His great-uncle told my friend that as the years progressed, the city government of New Orleans became much more involved in contracting out and the bidding process for repairing the levees. The Democrats in charge of New Orleans began consistently lobbying for more control of this process and finally, over the protests of the professional military engineers, was able to have almost complete control over who got the contracts. The due diligence the Corps made after the repairs found more and more often that shoddy workmanship and materials were weakening the dykes, and reported this up their command chain to Washington [the military don’t run to newspapers like the Times-Picayune who often side with the Democratic politicians].

    After years of non-improvement of the process, the COE finally resigned itself to overseeing a politicized kickback and underperformance ritual with the levees. My friends uncle told him that sooner or later the “Big One” would knock over the levees. His uncle died before the “Big One” arrived in 2005.

    And when it happened, whose door did the MSM lay the broken levees and subsequent disaster in front of?

    The real culprits, which were the Democratic administrations Moon Landriau and his crooked relative Sen. Mary and their political ancestors and allies?

    Or a fake bogus made-up smear, which blamed the Republicans?

    Take one guess.