Wednesday, April 26, 2006

If you build it ... they will come?

Now let there be no particular doubt in anyone's mind. Hurricane Katrina was terrible, the loss of life, property, dreams even. The Federal government's bungling of the response, the state and local government's as well. About the only people who didn't screw the pooch were the millions of people who donated time, money, energy, labor, their homes, their communities and everything else.

But let's look, for a moment, at one of the definitions of insanity. I've read (or heard) some place that one of the definitions of insanity was performing the same action repetitively and expecting different results. ... It appears that Albert Einstein was the one who said that (at least according to online sources - well nothing on snopes about it either way).

So now let's look at
La. required to chip in $270 million on levees
the outrage in Louisiana at being requested to pay to help rebuild the levees. If you build a house under a tottering cliff and a rock falls on it and crushes your house I feel sorry for you. I'll (perhaps) help you rebuild it, help you living until then, help you with your immediate needs. That's only the proper (and christian?) thing to do.

But if you insist on rebuilding your house in exactly the same place and expect another rock not to fall on your house, crushing it again, who's crazy? You for doing that or me for not wanting to help you the 2nd time? In 1718 when Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founded the place, even he noted that the location wasn't very good. Heck, it's easy to find information reporting that most of the city is between one and ten feet below sea level.

[knock][knock] Hello McFly?


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