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New Orleans was not an unpredictable disaster--it was
a model for the incompetence of the Bush Administration. And when the
next disaster comes, we will all be under water.
With military and law enforcement forces combing New
Orleans in the wake of the storm, why did the federal government feel compelled to hire private security firms Blackwater USA and BATS to keep the peace?
Here's how we identified more than 11,000 empty, rentable homes in
New Orleans, a city full of idiosyncrasies, must be restored for the benefit of the nation as a whole.
Intellectually, scientifically, even artistically, fundamentalism is a road to nowhere, because it insists on fidelity to revealed truths that are not true.
There are decades of memos from engineers and contractors setting forth budgets to build up the Gulf Coast's levees, but Bush wouldn't let them be.
Perhaps Bush is beginning to regret picking a horse expert to heard FEMA.
The only bright spot in this man-made disaster has been the wave of public outrage at the Administration's failure to provide aid to the most vulnerable.
What happened in New Orleans is an extreme and criminally tragic consequence of the belief that cutting public spending makes for a better society.
The reconstruction of New Orleans could set the stage for a comprehensive legislative initiative akin to the New Deal.