Who’s Responsible In New Orleans?


All bow to the Emperor:

Then they decided that there was another way of blaming Bush for the disaster: New Orleans got drowned because Bush wouldn?t pay for their levees.

We won?t bore you to tears with quotes from the entire article, we?ll just take this snippet to illustrate the whole deranged mindset behind this latest attempt in a long row of attempts to blame Bush for everything from global warming to clogged toilets:

Local officials are now saying, the article reported, that had Washington heeded their warnings about the dire need for hurricane protection, including building up levees and repairing barrier islands, ?the damage might not have been nearly as bad as it turned out to be.?

OK, we?re about to give you an example of why we?ve become known as the unrepentant asshole that we are, so avert your eyes if you don?t feel up to it.

The above is a perfect example of the whiny-ass, apathetic, demand-that-somebody-else-solve-our-problems-for-us society that we?ve built.

Listen, it?s quite simple: If you choose to live in a fish bowl with all the water on the outside of the bowl, it makes absolutely no sense to not take an active interest in the condition of the walls. And no, ?active interest? does not mean howl and screech about how somebody else should fund it, then sit down on your asses and pout when they won?t.

All through that pathetic screed of a ?news article? that we linked above it?s ?everybody KNEW?, ?it was OBVIOUS that it would happen? and ?it was just a disaster WAITING to happen?, from one end to another.

Well, it obviously wasn?t obvious enough for the good citizens of Louisiana to actually, you know, DO something about it on their own, was it?

Oh no. It needed to be done, alright, but it would have to be somebody ELSE that had to foot the bill and if they wouldn?t, well then maybe it wasn?t all that dangerous after all. Not dangerous enough to divert funds for, that?s for sure.

How about this little doozy of a quote:

…on July 1, 2004, [the East Jefferson Levee Authority] had to pony up another $250,000 when it learned that stretches of the levee in Metairie had sunk by four feet. The agency had to pay for the work with higher property taxes.

Oh the HUMANITY! The residents actually had to pay for their own protection with their OWN MONEY?

Presumably, we?re now all supposed to be horrified at the huge sacrifices the local residents had to make, OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETS, to help make sure that their own property didn?t turn into a Seaworld Attraction.

Sorry, but it doesn?t work that way. If I choose to build a house directly on the San Andreas Fault Line, I fail to see why it should be the duty of the good folks of, say, North Carolina, to foot the bill for making my house earthquake proof. And if I choose to stay there without coming up with the funds myself then guess what? That?s MY choice and nobody else is to blame for it.

So what the Blame Bush Brigades are saying is that if I choose to move into a dangerous neighborhood, then it becomes City Hall?s duty to furnish me with security systems and firearms of my choice? Swell. I like the sound of that. The people living in the suburbs could then be plundered in taxes to pay for my choices, not to mention that if they won?t fund my poor choice of residence and I refuse to equip myself because I just can?t be bothered to divert the funds from my cable TV budget, then it?s City Hall?s fault when my open, undefended house gets broken into and I get my dumb ass killed?

Yep, that?s our America today.

It?s ALWAYS somebody ELSE?S fault.

And I?m sick and fucking tired of it.

Oh man, as a cop do I see this firsthand day in and day out. Who’s gonna help me? Why didn’t the Government help me? Where is my welfare check? Everyone is to blame but themselves. Just seems like there is no personal responsibility anymore.

If you live in a area that is known to have a few problems, such as being below sea level and a few problems with the levee system then FIX the damn thing….don’t expect the fed’s to come in and help u fix it, just fix the damn thing yourselves since YOU live there. Those of us who pay taxes in California, Utah, Montana, Washington, Arkansas and so forth do not live there and should not be expected to foot the bill.

When a disaster happens the Country will respond out of our own pockets, but to blame everyone but yourselves for not fixing the damn problem in the first place will not fly. Local officials want to blame Washington now? Give me a freakin break.

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