It is sad evidence of the bitterness, intense partisanship and mindless ideology of our current politics that President Bush's proposal for the reconstruction of New Orleans and the other devastated gulf communities has been received with such thoughtless criticism across much of the political spectrum.
President Bush and other Republicans seeking, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, for an answer to the poverty that is manifestly concentrated in some of the areas worst affected by the storm should recall the values of family and limited government that they touted when they were elected.
Some conservatives are concerned with President Bush's New Orleans speech because of the unlimited federal spending it seemed to promise, but I was far more concerned with his arguable vindication of the wrongheaded notion that racial discrimination is responsible for the disproportionate impact of the flooding on blacks.
This is another significant way in which the Judeo-Christian value system differs from the dominant value system -- that of the Left -- in the contemporary West.
It is bad enough that the Angry Left is blaming George Bush for the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. But it is really unseemly for the Governor of Louisiana and the Mayor of New Orleans to be blaming the Federal government.
Katrina has displaced hundreds of thousands of Americans who now need food, housing and cash. Relief for those necessities will have to be temporary and it will be many months before they can return to New Orleans, if ever, so what they need most of all is jobs.
Television images of the huddled masses in the New Orleans Superdome revealed something rather extraordinary: nearly all the faces were black.