The War at Home
September 1, 2005
I try to keep this blog about as non-political as they come. Not because I don’t have any personal interest in politics, but because there are plenty of places you can go to read or talk about politics; I can’t see a reason to provide another.
On the other hand, even though I was just an occasional visitor, New Orleans was near and dear to me, and I couldn’t not pass this article along.
On June 8, 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; told the Times-Picayune: “It appears that the money has been moved in the president’s budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that’s the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can’t be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us.”…
…The 2004 hurricane season was the worst in decades. In spite of that, the federal government came back this spring with the steepest reduction in hurricane and flood-control funding for New Orleans in history. Because of the proposed cuts, the Corps office there imposed a hiring freeze. Officials said that money targeted for the SELA project — $10.4 million, down from $36.5 million — was not enough to start any new jobs.
(via Dateline: Bristol)