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All of which is why the whole, bungled Bush response to Katrina has amounted to throwing good money after bad. Way too much money has been appropriated overall, but far too little has been put to good use. And the one creative free-market approach to rebuilding a storied city and region, the Baker bill which is designed to recoup money for taxpayers at the back end of the process rather than waste it through the ordinary free-spending bureaucracies, is the one that the Bush administration — for reasons murky and perhaps uncharitable or even Machiavellian — has opposed with all its might.
Memo to Bushie: You’re doing a heckuva job.
TO BE CLEAR, CONSERVATIVES EVERYWHERE should want to rebuild New Orleans, or at least the 85-90 percent of it that modern engineering makes feasible and safe. For if conservatives are not for preserving what is best of our culture, what are we for? The Crescent City’s historic architecture, its status as the birthplace of jazz, its historic importance as the means of opening the West and as the site of the greatest victory of the War of 1812, all argue that this world-renowned metropolis should rise again, better than before but with the best of its character intact, as a monument to the efficacy of conservative solutions applied to special and important circumstances.
Finally, if conservatives value commerce and agriculture, New Orleans must continue to thrive. Its port is the nation’s largest by tonnage, the fifth largest in the world, and its health is vital for the health of the farmers throughout America’s heartland. Cement, steel, and rubber, meanwhile, all flow upriver to the industrial Midwest. And much of the nation’s seafood is spawned in Louisiana’s marshes and harvested from its waters.
In sum, the President was correct when he said in Jackson Square on September 15 that “There is no way to imagine America without New Orleans.” But his own administration’s lack of imagination is condemning New Orleans to ruin.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?