You can't please everybody
A plan? USA Today wants a plan?
But when it comes to rebuilding a place, federal grants ought to be contingent on hard-headed choices and concrete plans. Four months after Katrina devastated New Orleans, those are in short supply.
That would be dandy, I have to agree. If only it were that easy. The Bayou Buzz this morning says:
Without doubt, it would [be] wonderful if the city and the state could speak with one voice, but that is impossible given the demographic makeup of the region and the tenets of democracy.
One problem with decisions about New Orleans, at the moment, is that Nagin doesn’t have “a mandate”, and because he doesn’t, he’s vacillating between one group and another. The ultimate message is garbled and justs a tad schizophrenic.
This, of course, is partially why they need the elections: so people can vote for the candidate who articulates a rebuilding plan and vision with which they agree. The leadership simply has to take some risks and trust the system.