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House Rep turns back on NO

Posted on September 01, 2005 by D' MacKinnon

From the Times-Picayune

House Speaker: Rebuilding N.O. doesn’t make sense
Thursday, 2:55 p.m.
By Bill Walsh
Washington bureau
WASHINGTON
– House Speaker Dennis Hastert dropped a bombshell on flood-ravaged New
Orleans on Thursday by suggesting that it isn’t sensible to rebuild the
city.
“It doesn’t make sense to me,” Hastert told the Daily
Herald in suburban Chicago in editions published today. “And it’s a
question that certainly we should ask.”
Hastert’s comments came
as Congress cut short its summer recess and raced back to Washington to
take up an emergency aid package expected to be $10 billion or more.
Details of the legislation are still emerging, but it is expected to
target critical items such as buses to evacuate the city, reinforcing
existing flood protection and providing food and shelter for a growing
population of refugees.
The Illinois Republican’s comments drew an immediate rebuke from Louisiana officials.
“That’s
like saying we should shut down Los Angeles because it’s built in an
earthquake zone,” former Sen. John Breaux, D-La., said. “Or like saying
that after the Great Chicago fire of 1871, the U.S. government should
have just abandoned the city.”
Hastert said that he supports
an emergency bailout, but raised questions about a long-term rebuilding
effort. As the most powerful voice in the Republican-controlled House,
Hastert is in a position to block any legislation that he opposes.
“We
help replace, we help relieve disaster,” Hastert said. “But I think
federal insurance and everything that goes along with it… we ought to
take a second look at that.”
The speaker’s comments were in
stark contrast to those delivered by President Bush during an
appearance this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“I want
the people of New Orleans to know that after rescuing them and
stabilizing the situation, there will be plans in place to help this
great city get back on its feet,” Bush said. “There is no doubt in my
mind that New Orleans is going to rise up again as a great city.”
Insurance
industry executives estimated that claims from the storm could range up
to $19 billion. Rebuilding the city, which is more than 80 percent
submerged, could cost tens of billions of dollars more, experts
projected.
Hastert questioned the wisdom of rebuilding a city below sea level that will continue to be in the path of powerful hurricanes.
“You know we build Los Angeles and San Francisco on top of earthquake issures and they rebuild, too. Stubbornness,” he said.
Hastert
wasn’t the only one questioning the rebuilding of New Orleans. The
Waterbury, Conn., Republican-American newspaper wrote an editorial
Wednesday entitled, “Is New Orleans worth reclaiming?”
“Americans’
hearts go out to the people in Katrina’s path,” it said. “But if the
people of New Orleans and other low-lying areas insist on living in
harm’s way, they ought to accept responsibility for what happens to
them and their property.”

Hmm okay, a lot of those people didn’t choose to live there. Should we have abandoned Chicago after the fire or just refuse to rebuild anytime an earthquake hits california cities? What a retard.
What may happen though is the insurance agencies may refuse to policies to people wanting to rebuild in new orleans. Which would really suck. New Orleans has more history and culture than the majority of the cities in this country.

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