Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Huey Long

He wanted a five cent per barrel oil tax to fund social programs. He was impeached because of such impertinence.

Some people call Detroit Metro the example of the unsustainable way of life that Americans relished in for the last sixty years. Detroit isn't sinking into the gulf of Mexico. Gustav won't be much more powerful than Katrina was, and it won't hit New Orleans dead on. Still, the writing is on the wall.

It doesn't matter what great music and culture there is in a place that is literally below sea level. The end is coming.

The only way to save New Orleans is to abandon it. Simply put, the commerce that flows through the port of New Orleans must be maintained. As such, the Mississippi must be let off of its leash.

The myriad flood abatement programs that have been enacted have quite literally become victims of their own success.

The mud no longer flows down the Old Man. We are losing a football field's worth of land AN HOUR to the gulf of Mexico. This is untenable.

We must acknowledge that unless we make the business of New Orleans to raise itself above sea level, that there is no future for the city.

We can do it, but it will come at a cost. Quite simply, New Orleans would have to not be a place to live, but in effect the largest public works site in history. For years. Perhaps decades.

Commerce will flow. The oil will flow. The food? The Music? The culture?

Move it about fifty miles north.

1 comment:

chris said...

Since I haven't been "on" for awhile I have to comment on all I've missed. Congrats on school--I'm jealous. Thanks for taking the bullet for my daughter and granddaughter. I've never been stung but I hear bee stings would be good for my arthritis. I doubt if wasps are good for anything but trauma and a good story if you survive. Kim got a wasp trapped in her sundress when she was about 7 yrs old. It kept hitting her about 5 times. ( she said she remembered the story being 12 times). She was pretty traumatized for awhile. I saw the nest. It's at least as big as a basketball. I don't think a can of raid would do much more than piss them off.