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Thread: How Many Times Should America Rebuild New Orleans?

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    How Many Times Should America Rebuild New Orleans?

    A large coastal city that's actually lower than sea level.
    A place surrounded by levy's to keep water out under normal conditions.
    Prone to hurricane strikes.

    Why do we keep trying to rebuild this place?

    Is it time to let nature have it back?

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    Re: How Many Times Should America Rebuild New Orleans?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    A large coastal city that's actually lower than sea level.
    A place surrounded by levy's to keep water out under normal conditions.
    Prone to hurricane strikes.

    Why do we keep trying to rebuild this place?

    Is it time to let nature have it back?
    When Katrina hit, I thought it was foolish to rebuild the city. Since the subject wasn't debated, then I was disappointed that our government didn't step up harder and faster to help with the rebuild. Some places still look like a war zone. This hit isn't going to be as bad.

    But if it's ever hit again, I hope discussion comes to the table to rebuild the city somewhere else -- with plenty of help from the Federal government.

    Here in Chicago, New Orleans' rebuilding was compared with putting a huge bathtub out in Lake Michigan and then being surprised when it filled up.
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    Re: How Many Times Should America Rebuild New Orleans?

    We shouldn't rebuild at all. If the residents of the city want to rebuild, then let them, but whoever thought it was a bright idea to build a city below sea level, was unwise, and it shouldn't be the responsibility of the federal taxpayer to keep paying for someone else's mistakes.
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    Re: How Many Times Should America Rebuild New Orleans?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    We shouldn't rebuild at all. If the residents of the city want to rebuild, then let them, but whoever thought it was a bright idea to build a city below sea level, was unwise, and it shouldn't be the responsibility of the federal taxpayer to keep paying for someone else's mistakes.
    I have heard it said that it was a stroke of genius to build a city below sea level in a hurricane zone and then fill it with Democrats. But I do object to having my pocket picked to repeat their poor judgment - not just in New Orleans, but everywhere the federal flood insurance program encourages foolish behavior.
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    Re: How Many Times Should America Rebuild New Orleans?

    I happen to absolutely LOVE the city of New Orleans. I would go there in a heartbeat for a vacation providing we were not in the summertime.

    Its a great town with great people, great restaurants, great culture and is like no other place in America. It is a national treasure and we should not be so quick to write it off.
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    Re: How Many Times Should America Rebuild New Orleans?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    When Katrina hit, I thought it was foolish to rebuild the city. Since the subject wasn't debated, then I was disappointed that our government didn't step up harder and faster to help with the rebuild. Some places still look like a war zone. This hit isn't going to be as bad.

    But if it's ever hit again, I hope discussion comes to the table to rebuild the city somewhere else -- with plenty of help from the Federal government.

    Here in Chicago, New Orleans' rebuilding was compared with putting a huge bathtub out in Lake Michigan and then being surprised when it filled up.
    Why should my tax dollars be used to dig out Chicago the next time a big blizzard hits there?

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    Re: How Many Times Should America Rebuild New Orleans?

    Turn all emergency funding obligations over to the State of Louisiana. That way they can decide for themselves what to do.

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    Re: How Many Times Should America Rebuild New Orleans?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    A large coastal city that's actually lower than sea level.
    A place surrounded by levy's to keep water out under normal conditions.
    Prone to hurricane strikes.

    Why do we keep trying to rebuild this place?

    Is it time to let nature have it back?
    Then shouldn't we do that for anyplace in this country that gets hit with tornadoes,earthquakes,cyclones,floods,wildfires,et c?

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    Re: How Many Times Should America Rebuild New Orleans?

    I know they had to work on the levies, since Katrina. The levies needed to be strengthend prior to Katrina, but weren't. Yes, they will have to work on them after Isaac. But, perhaps this time they can build them up better. My cousins with a place on one of our region's floodplains, built their home up very high, with a garage underneath. Lovely area, but living there is a risk. I live on a hill, we have occasional storms, but no hurricanes.
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    Re: How Many Times Should America Rebuild New Orleans?

    New Orleans is only one of many areas of the US prone to natural disasters. Why do we allow federal aid for California when it's hit by an earthquake or wildfire? Tornados in the Mid-West; hurricanes in the Southeast, etc.

    If we use the standard of "it has happened before and is likely to happen again" as the measure for which portions of the US to condemn (aside from the ginormous cost to taxpayers), which areas of the US will be left -- and how will we all cram into them?

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