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9/4/2005

The Lost City

  7:57 am

I’m not an expert on civil engineering by any means, but to the my uninformed eye it looks like a case of severe neglect of the homeland infrastructure. New Orleans is a city largely below sea level, completely dependent on these aging levees for protection from catastrophy.

Why weren’t the levees up to date? Why wasn’t emergency repair equipment in place and ready to go? Why wasn’t there a clear evacuation plan?

This is clearly one case where prevention would have been exponentially cheaper than the devastation we see now. But public services fall under the catagory of big government, which goes against the current ideology. Yet in fact we have the biggest government of all now, playing the presumptuous role of global cop. Sadly, so many crucial resources which could have limited this devastation have been going elsewhere, where the results of misguided policies are similarly catastrophic.

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