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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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.

To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln: “You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”


  • At 10:30 AM, Blogger da po' boy said;

    Not only does Nagin not have a mandate, he does not have the confidence of the people. None of our leaders has their confidence, all the way up to the President. Even more reason to have elections (and maybe a few impeachments).

  • At 2:10 PM, Blogger dillyberto said;

    da po'boy serves it up right, again.

    This is why there is a cry for elections. What result we get from elections may not be that much better, though.

    We just know we want decisive moves forward.

    We can't get that in our litigious political environment.

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