New Orleans will be rebuilt, but it won 't be built the same as before. Maybe I 've watched too much science fiction and read too many apocalyptic books like It Can 't Happen Here and the Librarian. But here 's what I see as New Orlean 's future.
Federal regulations will forbid small homes. The area that was flooded is prime real-estate, next to the French Quarter. It will be paved and covered with high-rise hotels, office buildings, golf courses, perhaps a shopping mall or two and a load of casinos. They 'll probably all be designed with flood resistant parking garages below flood level.
Developers --mostly transnationally owned hotel chains -- will get to descend, like vultures, upon the remains of New Orleans. Red state rednecks from the rural sections of Louisiana and adjacent states will pick up the jobs.
Bottom line --the rip-off gas prices nation-wide are just the beginning. Bush cut his eyeteeth making his wealth off of government spending, starting with the sale of a baseball team. Bush will cash in on this disaster, as he 's done with Iraq and 9-11. These prostitute 's have no bottom, there is no low they cannot go lower than.
Sadly, this approach will "make sense " at one level, since it will re-build New Orleans to be much more flood-proof, much safer than ever before.
The people who were shipped out of New Orleans to other states will be offered funds and support to stay in those states. Let 's call it disaster gerrymandering, except, in this case, the people, not the borders of the voting precincts have been moved. With tens of thousands of poor blacks, mostly democratic voters out of Louisiana, the balance will shift and the Republicans will steal the vote of another state. Too bad, but not surprising that the "refugees " weren 't moved to Florida or Ohio.