San Diego Soliloquies

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Gotta Save Money to Send More Poorly Equipped Guardsmen Overseas

Susie over at Suburban Guerilla points us to this article from June 2005:

    In fiscal year 2006, the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is bracing for a record $71.2 million reduction in federal funding.
    It would be the largest single-year funding loss ever for the New Orleans district, Corps officials said.

Timing kind of sucks, doesn't it? Here's more:

    ...The cuts mean major hurricane and flood protection projects will not be awarded to local engineering firms. Also, a study to determine ways to protect the region from a Category 5 hurricane has been shelved for now.
    ...
    One of the hardest-hit areas of the New Orleans district's budget is the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project, which was created after the May 1995 flood to improve drainage in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany parishes. SELA's budget is being drained from $36.5 million awarded in 2005 to $10.4 million suggested for 2006 by the House of Representatives and the president.

It's mean to point this out on the eve of possibly one of the worst hurricanes to hit the United States, but it's also a perfect metaphor for this administration. They don't believe in global climate change, they've stripped our country of many first responders and most state's national guards, they've spent billions of dollars on a war we did not have to fight, and which they have mishandled from the start (and which they have lost), and now the very people who supported them are paying the price. As always.

May God hold the people of Louisiana and the entire Gulf Coast in his hand, and show them his mercy and comfort in the long days ahead.


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