[percy-l] Pauley and Mitchell's smug, self righteousness

Nikkibar at aol.com Nikkibar at aol.com
Sat Sep 24 13:16:53 EDT 2005

For the last few weeks I have not been following the list traffic, having  my 
hands full with Katrina problems. I dunno who Mr. Pauley and Mr. Mitchell  
are, but their mean spirited criticisms of the New Orleans City administration  
should not go uncontradicted. The present city administration is not by any  
means omnipotent or omniscient, but they are neither corrupt nor incompetent. 
For years we ( and by we I mean me personally, the Louisiana Government  
Administrations since 1927 and innumerable New Orleans City Administrations)  have 
been trying to get the Federal Government and the Corps of Engineers to  
upgrade the levee and flood-wall protection system and for years they have been  
pooh poohing the pleas and saying that we were simply trying to porkbarrel our  
way to undeserved wealth. This comment is not by way of blame shifting of the 
 kind that is presently going on over the acute emergency issues where the 
feds  are blaming Blanco and Ngin and Blanco and Nagin are blaming the Feds. No, 
here  I am discussing the CHRONIC problem that is at the root of the 
destruction of  the city in the flood protection area -- and that is what is started 
all the  other woes downhill with the gangs and all the other acute woes. The 
fact is  that the Feds (by whom I include Congress and the Executive  branch) 
and the Corps have sole and exclusive control over  these functions and they 
guard their prerogatives very jealously.
As a matter of fact the City administration did rather a superb job of  
managing the evacuation, and would have come up aces had not that flood wall  
failed. So please be a bit more circumspect before attributing incompetence and  
corruption to folks you know nothing about.
Nikki Barranger
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