Friday, January 13, 2006

The Way We Were?

Tim's Nameless Kitchen

If you haven't been there lately, please pop over to Tim's Nameless Blog and read about day to day life in post Katrina New Orleans. He has posted pictures of his house which are heart breaking.

Silly me, as I read the post and looked at the pictures of the place he used to call home, I was thinking, "I wish he would have posted some before pictures so people could more deeply understand the extent of his loss." Then I realized that there probably aren't any before pictures. They were probably destroyed along with everything else that was left behind when Tim and his family evacuated.

Our government promises to rebuild the levee system in New Orleans back to the way it was. Obviously, that isn't enough.


Tim's Nameless Bedroom

13 comments:

doctorj2u said...

Thank you Laurie for understanding what hollow promises the government is making to us. As a lady said in the Quarter the other day "Been there, done that, got flooded".

Anonymous said...

It's a manner of money, and where should it come from. You look at the war, and money spent there. I look at debt, no matter where it's owed, nothings free. I have no answers. Priorities.... The government's money you understand is ours, money that will be paid in taxes, and debts we continue to owe to other countries.

Laurie said...

Doctor J - The real tragedy is that it has always been known what would happen if a hurricane hit New Orleans and nothing was ever done.

Anonymous - There is a finite amount of money that the government can collect from tax payers and an infinite amount of projects that need funding. Besides being a historically important city, New Orleans is also economically important to the entire country. It's a simplistic view but I think the money is out there and available if it is reallocated from some of the weird projects we're always reading about.

Popeye said...

And yet, we keep on cutting taxes that put money back in the pockets of those who have a surplus of it. What gets funded and what gets cut is a matter of priorities and agendas that are not shared by many of not most. Its not just a matter of money, its also a matter of will.

Laurie said...

Popeye - I totally agree. The money is there. The question is how to get it to the right places.

Anonymous said...

With the war, I figure they assumed they would get some kind of payment back via oil out of Iraq. As for taxes, we already pay 30% as it is. How they choose to use it, thats another question. I take it he did not have insurance, or if he did they won't pay based on the cause of the damage, IE "acts of God".

There is no infinite money, this comes from somewhere. You and I as taxpayers, or from borrowing it from other countries.

Peter said...

What a sad state of affairs after all this time.

Tim said...

Thanks, Laurie. You're the best!

Laurie said...

Anonymous - From reading Tim's posts, he had insurance and he will be able to rebuild. The question is where he will be able to rebuild.

Peter - It's amazing how much still needs to be done ther.

Tim - My pleasure.

Donna said...

WOW. Thanks for re-posting those pictures of Tim's house. As our media turn their attention to other things (with the government heaving a sigh of relief), it is imperative that we keep the pressure on.

Laurie said...

Donna - That's so true.

Mom said...

I am wondering how the pillows on the bed stayed in place, when the huge pieces of furniture was tossed around. STRANGE ! ! !

Laurie said...

Mom - Strange, isn't it?