Thursday, September 01, 2005

tipping point of the iceberg

In early 2004, as the cost of the conflict in Iraq soared, President Bush proposed spending less than 20 percent of what the Corps said was needed for Lake Pontchartrain, according to a Feb. 16, 2004, article, in New Orleans CityBusiness.

On June 8, 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; told the Times-Picayune: "It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."
Editor and Publisher
President Bush in 2002 fired his own Army Corps chief, former Mississippi congressman Michael Parker, after Mr. Parker backed lawmakers' efforts to push through a number of big projects, including a $188 million proposal to build a massive flood-control pump for the lower Mississippi River. Wall St. Journal

"What has happened down here is the wind have changed."
R. Newman.
The US has been living an emergency since the hour Mr. Bush was elected. Thanks Kat!


Blogger Gas Fairy said...

After a 1953 disaster, the Dutch began plans for Deltawerken, a vast construction effort designed to end the threat from the sea once and for all. Construction on the project launched in 1958 and was largely completed in 2002. The official goal of the Deltawerken project was to reduce the risk of flooding in Holland to once per 10,000 years. A similiar project might be the hallmark for the current administration and great source of pride for all Americans -- like the Hoover Dam.

9/01/2005 2:27 PM  
Blogger Jon Husband said...

yes, sure .. and they could double up on *hallmarks* by acknowledging the lies and manipulation aimed at (and succeeeding at) enabling an illegal preemptive invasion and occupation of another, non-threatening sovereign nation during which a different set of poor, brown-skinned people have been traumatized and killed ... and then doing the right thing.

Think it'll fly ?

9/01/2005 2:59 PM  
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9/01/2005 3:31 PM  
Blogger Juke said...

I was in Holland a while back and watched the Dutch Army, as part of an exercize as well as it was somehow I think tied in with a celebration of some kind but anyway the Army rolled up to what was a really pretty wide canal and put up a bridge in almost no time at all.
A good strong bridge.
Ken Babbs, semper fi, has some off-the-cuff rips on the Astro-Dome preterite thing.
Under the guitar photo.

9/03/2005 1:40 AM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

I'll bet Mr. Bush now wishes he'd spent a little less time on his bicycle in August and spared a moment to meet with Cindy Sheehan. As his visage fades from Mt. Rushmore, pied beyond recognition by former worshippers of his leaderly strength, his repertoire of impressive moves - which consisted entirely of throwing former Presidents at what's the matter - is wearing thin. Perhaps he should ride around New Orleans on his bike, tossing dead presidents at the people. See how long his presidency lasts.

9/04/2005 12:53 AM  

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