Another year, another tropical storm, another crisis in New Orleans. Earlier this year, $50 billion was approved to create “hurricane storm surge protection.”
New Orleans might be a beautiful and historic city but much of it is below sea level and those parts of the city are continually sinking. Elaborate gates, levees, and pumping systems have been built – at great cost – in order to keep New Orleans afloat. All of this is wasted money and even the Republican Party (the fiscally conservative group?) hasn’t said anything.
The only politician I can remember who has said “enough is enough” is Ron Paul. He’s against this kind of reckless spending and against the Federal government underwriting flood insurance in places that are in flood planes (imagine that!?):
Paul criticized the agency’s flood insurance program, which allows property owners to purchase insurance from FEMA for homes private insurers were not willing to back. “The whole idea of FEMA is a gross distortion of insurance”, Paul argued. “It’s so far removed from the market and what insurance should be about.”
“It’s a system of bureaucratic centralized economic planning that is a policy that is deeply flawed. They contribute to deficit financing and, quite frankly, they don’t have a penny in the bank.” Paul said on Fox News Sunday. He argued that FEMA had one of the worst reputations for a bureaucracy ever.
The problem with trying to “fix” New Orleans from flooding is that what the Government is doing is wasting money and setting up another disaster like Katrina. It would be like someone setting up jet ski rentals on the Bonneville Salt Flats then demanding the Government restore the water.
I’ve been to New Orleans… I’ve had my beignets at Cafe du Monde and I thought it was a beautiful city… but it is a place that needs to exist in some form of reality… perhaps as a small city that periodically gets destroyed by floods and hurricanes and settled by people who know and can accept these realities.
It is not someplace where the Government should act as a shield between Mother Nature and its citizens.