We Will Not Stop Folks From Living On The Railroad Tracks…

…Just ‘cos a train may come through:

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) — All New Orleans residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina should be allowed to rebuild if they choose, and the city will not stand in the way of reconstruction in areas considered vulnerable to flooding in future storms, Mayor Ray Nagin announced Monday.

Now, I have to say I agree with this. If people want to take the risk and spend their own money, fine. But I really don’t want a lot of federal money going towards insuring them and billions going towards stopping a couple of square miles of swamp that are below sea level from getting flooded.
There’s also this little gem at the end of the story:

Nagin, who is black, has drawn 23 opponents in the April 22 municipal election. Many of his major challengers are white, reflecting the changed demographics of the city, which was two-thirds black before Katrina struck in August.

Oh really? Let’s look at the 2002 election: From what I can find, there were several white challengers then, too. Maybe there are more now because Nagin has shown himself to be not-quite-ready for prime time, not because of skin tone. Heck, maybe there are more vibrant candidates because they smell all that Federal money; what political wannabe can resist that?
But to blandly state that it reflects “changed demographics” when no one has any idea what the hell the demographics are seems a little silly.

2 Responses to “We Will Not Stop Folks From Living On The Railroad Tracks…”

  1. Sluggo says:

    Silly? Here’s the way it goes today: ‘All the News That Fits the Storyline.’

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    Yeah, that does seem to be the case, doesn’t it?

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