December 26, 2005


On Gulf Coast, Cleanup Differs Town to Town (ERIC LIPTON, 12/25/05, NY Times)

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Harrison County, the home of Biloxi, and Jackson County, where Pascagoula is located, each had about 10 million cubic yards of debris to clean up. Both counties took up the federal government on its offer to foot the bill.

But while Harrison County and all but one of its cities hired contractors on their own, Jackson County and its cities, at the urging of the federal government, asked the Army Corps to take on the task. Officials in Jackson County said it was a choice they had regretted ever since.

The cleanup in Jackson County and its municipalities has not only cost millions of dollars more than in neighboring counties, but it is also taking longer. The latest available figures show that 39 percent of the work was complete in Jackson County, while 57 percent was done in Harrison County and its cities that are managing the job on their own, according to federal records.

"Something is very wrong here," said Frank Leach, a Jackson County supervisor. "Our federal government is paying an extraordinary amount of money for services that are not being performed adequately."

Remember how confident the Demo0crats were that the Hurricane would make everyone yearn for big government again?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 26, 2005 9:47 AM

Rule 1 for municipalities, at either the city, village, town or county level: No one cares about your well-being more than you do. Rule 2: The higher up the food chain in government you have to go, the less you are real people and the more you're just case numbers.

Posted by: John at December 26, 2005 10:53 AM

OJ - stick with the program. Katrina is one of a multitude of issues that will help the Dems crush the GOP and Bush in '06. At least if you listen to the MSM.

Posted by: AWW at December 26, 2005 11:24 AM

Who is listening to the Lame Stream Media anymore?

Aside from those in the bubble they claim is occupied by the President.

Posted by: obc at December 26, 2005 12:57 PM

Yeah, the Democrats are ridiculous.
But the people of New Orleans just want effective government that benefits the whole community of individuals, not just capital and private property.

Posted by: Grog at December 27, 2005 2:24 AM

The reason the federal government is paying too much? Because of contractors like Halliburton who are raping our government blind.

Posted by: Grog at December 27, 2005 2:24 AM

Amen, brother. That's what happenshen you let the blind drive.

Posted by: oj at December 27, 2005 7:49 AM

There's never been an election where the people of N. O. demonstrated such a desire.

Posted by: oj at December 27, 2005 7:49 AM

...not just capital and private property.

I find it hard to believe anyone can talk like that any more. And mean it.

Then again, maybe someday "Talk Like A Socialist Day" will supplant "Talk LIke a Pirate Day."

Arrrgh, comrade!

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 27, 2005 3:22 PM


If we wanted to make Grog's head explode, we could just ask him what form benefits for the "community of individuals" could take except for capital and private property. Government property, like the levees in New Orleans?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at December 27, 2005 5:18 PM

Then again, maybe someday "Talk Like A Socialist Day" will supplant "Talk LIke a Pirate Day."

That'd make a great episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants", and li'l Bob is just the sort who can still believe in socialism.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2005 6:05 AM

Squidward: Dour, humorless, mean-spiritied, greedy, lazy, manipulative, self-styled intellectual/artist stuck in demeaning and dead-end job for someone of his great talents.

He's the Socialist, and I think he's been recently posting comments here under a pseudonym .

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 28, 2005 1:24 PM

Well, the episode would end with 'Bob explaining to Patrick about what a great time they had playacting the fantasy of a socialist reality - like the time they were playing in the box that Squidward's new big-screen TV came in.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2005 11:32 PM