Shearer highlights Miller's comment about the rebuilding of New Orleans: "That's not my job."
On the upside, Shearer finds a silver lining in what's supposed to be the dark corporate cloud hanging over New Orleans:
[The Times writer Joe]Nocera bemoans the fact that "Before the storm New Orleans was home to 23 public companies, a pretty paltry number to begin with. Now it's down to 17." Given the fact, printed ubiquitously, that small business is responsible for the lion's share of job creation in the US, and given the new definition of corporate responsibility, maybe a paltry number of public companies isn't such a bad thing. Of the businesses in the city that have come back, come up and come into being, the first and the best have been small, locally-owned firms.
I'm with the people who advocate buying local when at all possible. There's a hidden high cost to "always the low price" mass production and long supply lines: zero loyalty to place, total rootlessness. Bleck.
The big companies will move in when it makes sense for them to do so. In the mean time, let's build the highest quality of life possible by relying on people with faces and hearts and souls.