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The welfare state is the problem « Previous | |Next »
September 12, 2005

The once-vibrant, but racially divided and economcially impoverished New Orleans, has been reduced to a toxic wasteland by Hurricane Katrina. Now that the city has been virtually emptied of people, there is no shortage of emergency supplies, or food or water stacked for the dead bodies rotting in the hot sun.

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This quote by Robert Tracinski is an example of why the Statute of Liberty is floating facedown in the toxic cesspool:

People with values respond to a disaster by fighting against it and doing whatever it takes to overcome the difficulties they face. They don't sit around and complain that the government hasn't taken care of them. And they don't use the chaos of a disaster as an opportunity to prey on their fellow men.

But what about criminals and welfare parasites? Do they worry about saving their houses and property? They don't, because they don't own anything. Do they worry about what is going to happen to their businesses or how they are going to make a living? They never worried about those things before. Do they worry about crime and looting? But living off of stolen wealth is a way of life for them.

People living in piles of their own trash, while petulantly complaining that other people aren't doing enough to take care of them and then shooting at those who come to rescue them—this is not just a description of the chaos at the Superdome. It is a perfect summary of the 40-year history of the welfare state and its public housing projects.

The welfare state—and the brutish, uncivilized mentality it sustains and encourages—is the man-made disaster that explains the moral ugliness that has swamped New Orleans. And that is the story that no one is reporting.

That is the American Republican Party (GOP) for you. Tim Dunlop over at Road to Surfdom notes something similar.

Makes you wonder how they are going to rebuild the city doesn't it?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 4:39 PM | | Comments (1)
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I totally agree with you and posted along the same lines on my blog.