The Dozer: Life and Times

Monday, September 12, 2005

Fuzzy Math

This figure they keep talking about ($300B) to rebuild the United States following Hurricane Katrina truly is staggering. Even the costliest hurricanes in US history adjusted for inflation, rarely reach the $10B level. So why is this one so expensive? It seems the flood of New Orleans, which pretty must destroyed the entire city, is accounting for most of the damage. Therein lays the problem. You see, repairs and improvements that should have been made to the levies were cutback and under funded for years. What’s more, it seems some of the funds were diverted to fight the war in Iraq. I love that logic. Ignore your own people to “liberate” the Iraq people. (That’s what the war was about right?).

The whole story even gets better when you consider the fact that the writing was on the wall for this. Take note when that article was written. 4 years before the storm. Shame on the US government. Save $100M or so on levy improvements only to have to shell out $300B for a rebuild? Not to mention lose thousands of lives? Good work.

~The Dozer