Guess what, buddy? You're right; nobody does "give a s*** about New Orleans" any more other than a few saints and a lot of manipulative Democrats looking for a political issue they can exploit. That's the nature of life. Today you're here, tomorrow you are gone, and 99% of the time everyone other than your closest family members have practically forgotten that you existed two weeks later -- but at least New Orleans got $127 billion, more than we spent on the Marshall Plan, before people moved on to something else. That's more than most of us get to say after something bad happens to us and it's why the citizens of New Orleans should be thanking the rest of America for our generosity instead of griping.
"Oh, but what about the poor government response to Katrina?" What about it? It's over and done with and it's not as if Karl Rove launched the hurricane at New Orleans with his Vast Right Wing Conspiracy weather machine. It was an act of God. It happens all the time, all over the United States, and all over the world.
Moreover, look at Ray Nagin. This guy's hurricane strategy went something like this,
"Go to the Superdome if there's an emergency! There's no food, water, or doctors there, but what could go wrong? We could bus people out of here, but we left all the buses on a flood plain! Now, all the hard work is done and all I have to do is sit back and wait for my ‘Mayor Of The Year’ award for doing such a great job handling the crisis!"
Believe it or not, Mr. "Chocolate City" is also encouraging people to rebuild in the same areas that flooded before, even though everybody knows another hit from a Katrina-sized storm would just submerge the city again.
Yet despite the fact that Nagin is to competence what Paris Hilton is to chastity, the citizens of New Orleans saw fit to re-elect him as mayor. So, why should the rest of America get all upset about how Katrina was handled when the people of New Orleans were so unconcerned about it that they brought back the man who was primarily responsible for it?
For the citizens and former citizens of New Orleans who've already moved on with your lives the best you can, God bless you and best of luck to you. But, for the rest of the Katrina victims who are still complaining that America has "forgotten me" two years later, here's a piece of advice: it's time to get over Katrina already.
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