By now it's clear to anyone who reads that our president new of the risk to the New Orleans levee system years before Katrina. Yet, he stands before us and says, "Who knew the levees wouldn't hold". Instead, now he professes to investigate what went wrong. So, now we have a president investigating himself and a congress investigating themselves. Does anyone see anything wrong with this picture?
And if that weren't enough, now we sent Vice President Cheney to oversee and make certain things get done in New Orleans, Mississippi, and Alabama. Anyone without blinders on would know he's not there to look out for the citizens. He's there for one reason and one reason only. Money. When we decimated Iraq it was Halliburton - Cheney's old firm - that received the lion's share of multi-billions of dollars in re-building contracts. Hmm, I wonder could he have his eye on a new mother load?
The balanced FOX News wants to tell us about the unrest and about the ugly happenings in New Orleans. But they don't tell us about the nursing home nurses and aides that walked out the door leaving thirty helpless elderly residents to drown in their beds. They don't tell us about the three-hundred or more policeman who threw down their badges and walked out of town. Instead were told about looters and gun-toting citizens gone awry. I wonder if left with nothing, with no one seemingly to care, if I wouldn't do whatever I needed to protect and feed and clothe my family.
One young man said now he could begin his life anew. He was thrilled that he now had two-thousand dollars. Perhaps it was more than he'd ever had at one time in his lifetime, but it seems to me that we should be able to do better. These are the poorest of poor: Folks who didn't own a car or couldn't afford a bus ticket or the fuel, if they owned a car, to get out of town. Needless to say, chances are they also couldn't afford insurance or they rented their humble abodes. Why not actually give these people a nest egg. A real chance to pick themselves up and start over again. Perhaps even better then they've ever been before.
If instead of throwing billions of dollars towards temporary housing, filling prescriptions, buying clothes and bedding, and feeding three squares a day, we actually give them money to restart their lives. Would it not be cheaper and more effective if each family without insurance received $100,000 allowing them the dignity to reside in their own new homes, to feed themselves, and care for themselves as they see fit? Or the money was given directly to Habitat for Humanity to rebuild their homes with a stipend to restart their lives their way making their own choices. Would it not be an act of humanity? Considering all that they've lost, all that they've suffered, and all that we didn't do fast enough or effectively enough, don't we owe them more than a cot in a roomful of other cots?