September 10, 2005


Former Louisiana Senator Shoulders Katrina Blame (NBC4, September 10, 2005)

Although he said it's not time to point fingers, former Louisiana Sen. John Breaux said he deserves some criticism for the problems in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Breaux, a Democrat, said he and other current and former members of Louisiana's congressional delegation failed to get more money for evacuation efforts and the strengthening of levees.

But for now, he said, attention should be focused on relief efforts.

Good for Mr. Breaux.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 10, 2005 5:02 PM

Not so fast, Johnny B... from the Washington Post:

"Louisiana has received far more money for Corps civil works projects than any other state, about $1.9 billion; California was a distant second with less than $1.4 billion, even though its population is more than seven times as large.

Much of that Louisiana money was spent to try to keep low-lying New Orleans dry. But hundreds of millions of dollars have gone to unrelated water projects demanded by the state's congressional delegation and approved by the Corps, often after economic analyses that turned out to be inaccurate."

If $1,900,000,000 isn't enough to keep N.O. safe, no amount of money would be; the problem isn't the money but the people spending it. Breaux is just trying to set up his future demand for $2+ billion, and subtly insinuating that anyone with power in DC (i.e. the Republicans) who doesn't give him more money wants New Orleans to drown again.

Posted by: Just John at September 10, 2005 6:07 PM

John is correct. Breaux was one of those Dems the media labelled as a moderate or even conservative Dem but when push came to shove he towed the Dem party line. This is more effort by the Dems to avoid the blame being focused on the Dem NO mayor and Dem LA governor.

Posted by: AWW at September 10, 2005 7:02 PM