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September 01, 2005

Hastert to New Orleans: Drop Dead

A sterling example of GOP can-do spirit:

It makes no sense to spend billions of dollars to rebuild a city that's seven feet under sea level, House Speaker Dennis Hastert said of federal assistance for hurricane-devastated New Orleans.

"It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed," the Illinois Republican said in an interview Wednesday with The Daily Herald of Arlington, Ill.

Hastert, in a transcript supplied by the newspaper, said there was no question that the people of New Orleans would rebuild their city, but noted that federal insurance and other federal aid was involved. "We ought to take a second look at it. But you know we build Los Angeles and San Francisco on top of earthquake fissures and they rebuild too. Stubbornness."

Truly amazing.

There are lots of good arguments around encouraging people to prepare for disasters but writing off one of the oldest cities in America as a lost cause is truly pathetic.

The Netherlands has figured out how to protect its cities from floods for centuries, yet Hastert thinks America is not up to the task.

But then, this is all about the GOP covering its ass for slashing the money needed to protect the levees in the first place. So blame the victims for the federal failure to help out, even as useless pork barrel
has been handed out to GOP cronies for the last decade.

Posted by Nathan at September 1, 2005 05:48 PM