Monday, January 30, 2006
As the bumper stickers say, THANKS HOUSTON
. . . for reminding the country this week and for the coming months that corruption is alive and well in "successful" cities like you.
ADDED comment 1/31/2006: I say "Thanks" unsarcastically. I really am glad that people are being reminded that New Orleans doesn't have a monopoly on corruption. On corruption, I don't think Houston is any worse than any other city. At least Houston has a mayor who has stepped up for displaced people.
All I ask is that people remember the persistence of human fallibility. It felt lousy and ridiculous to hear holier-than-thou "leaders" from other states making it obvious that we would have to beg for aid or investment here after Katrina because of "our" corrupt ways. Meanwhile, the House Majority Leader resigns in shame and a large source (Lay, direct and indirect) of Bush campaign money in 2000 (when a few dollars might have made the difference that got him elected) goes on trial for cooking the books to cover up a failed company's earnings record.
If disaster strikes your city or town or region, do you want your most unscrupulous citizens' sins held against you?