Thursday, April 24, 2008

Every American Should Read This

--particularly those smug Midwesterners (not all, just the smug ones) whose lifestyles have decimated my homeland. Some of those same people want to see us plowed under.

READ. NOW.

Thank you, John Barry. Thank you, L.A. Times. Thank you, Californians in general, who seem to "get it" more than any other Americans. (Thanks to Jeffrey and Varg for showing me the link.)

READ. NOW.

[The multibillion dollar costs to protect south Louisiana from hurricanes] are a federal responsibility because benefits to the entire nation, including massive engineering projects built in, and providing direct benefit to, states as far away as North Dakota, have in the last 60 years transformed New Orleans from a city reasonably safe from hurricanes to one dangerously vulnerable to them. These projects have had an effect as great as sending saboteurs from 1,500 miles away to dynamite Louisiana's levees.

That analogy may sound like an overstatement, but it may be an understatement . . .

Human engineering has reversed [the natural land-building properties of river silt], causing the loss of roughly 2,000 square miles of land since World War II. If this buffer -- equivalent to the state of Delaware -- had not been destroyed, New Orleans would need little other hurricane protection . . .

So far, policymakers have not seen the problem as a whole, and they largely perceive federal assistance as generosity. That's the wrong way of looking at it. Given that benefits to states throughout the Mississippi Valley actually created the problem, federal funding is not generosity. It's equity.

2 comments:

GentillyGirl said...

This is the point I have been making since the Flood: We have been used and abused for the good of the Nation.

daneeta loretta said...

Why can't we just declare independence and take our oil and gas with us?

Let's all remember Schoolhouse Rock:

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.