Consequences

From Editor and Publisher, which I’m reading more and more:

On June 8, 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; told the Times-Picayune: ‘It appears that the money has been moved in the president’s budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that’s the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can’t be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us.’

–and–

The 2004 hurricane season was the worst in decades. In spite of that, the federal government came back this spring with the steepest reduction in hurricane and flood-control funding for New Orleans in history. Because of the proposed cuts, the Corps office there imposed a hiring freeze. Officials said that money targeted for the SELA project — $10.4 million, down from $36.5 million — was not enough to start any new jobs.

Meanwhile, much of Louisiana’s National Guard is in Iraq… and FEMA has been all but dismantled, with no immediate replacement. Truly a visionary administration. Ready for anything.

Meanwhile, the news just gets worse.

I know we all think of donating to the Red Cross in times of disaster, but two other effective agencies are Lutheran World Relief and Church World Service.

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