Thursday, September 15, 2005

Plan for Nuevo New Orleans

Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.

Tonight President Bush gave a shirtsleeve, open collar, no tie speech from New Orleans concerning the future of the city and its citizens. According to the plan, WE, the people, will rebuild New Orleans. WE, the people, will build the first century 21 city, Nuevo New Orleans.

The president called upon Congress to pass a plan quickly to provide federal publicly owned land to be given away free through a lottery. For this free public land, the winners must promise to build a home with more free government aid. "Homeownership," said President Bush, "is one of the great strengths of any community, and it must be a central part of our vision for the renewal." Also to be created is a "Worker Recovery Accounts" program for the evacuees to use for child care, education, and job training. The accounts would be funded with up to $5000 of taxpayer money per evacuee who requests aid.

I am so glad we have a conservative Republican President, otherwise, I might think this was just another liberal Democrat give-away program bound to fail miserably.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Edge said...

Grin. Republicans have a big stake in this. This way they can win all the Democrats over that come back and live in NO.

This is a big blow to liberals who say conservatives never want to do anything for the poor.

It's a quick dismantling of the Dem Party hoopla.

I see it as more welfare crack.


dcat said...

Key word that I found here is job training!


I agree to this: "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime." That is the first thing I said to my hubby when the lame stream media started in on the President! Something on the line Barbra Bush said. The big easy was just that! Hands out on every corner and nobody wanted to work for it then let's all watch and see now! Or will it be gimmy, gimmy, I want all over again!?

Sylvana said...

Nice picture! I heard about this little Photoshop treasure, but this is the first time I saw it. Funny stuff!

Indigo Red said...

Thanks, Sylvana. Feel free to use it. I am, of course, a supporter of GW, but hey - funny is funny.

sideshow bob said...

How can a place with so much money being handed out on every street corner still have so much abject poverty?

I think part of the appeal of this plan, to the President anyway, is the opportunity to give away publicly held land and turn it into private property. I've looked but I can't find any info on this land give away. From what I understand, though, isn't a good deal of publicly held land land that has been set aside to prevent development, as the massive development in the recent past has resulted in a substantial loss of "buffer zone" to help absorb the force of things such as hurricanes?

You really do have to wonder about the wisdom of rebuilding this place, especially so quickly, before we've had time to study everything that went wrong, lest we do it again.

Indigo Red said...

Exactly, sideshow bob! The land to be given away is the flood plain, there isn't anytjing else there.

With the billions of $$ handed out over the last few decades and the private enterprise comprising the port area, the poverty is not so hard to understand. It's a lot easier to take free government money than to go off to work early morning five days a week.

This whole situation reminds me of the fable The Grasshopper and the Ant. The GH fiddled all night and slept all day, never preparing for winter. The ant worked hard night and day preparing for the days of privation. Winter came and the GH was cold and hungry; the Ant was warm and well fed.

Oh, well!