To the editor:
Most have it wrong about the New Orleans disaster.
Many mistakenly believe itís because of too little or
ineffective government, but in fact, itís because of too much government.
The Army Corps of Engineers negligently maintained the
levees that hadnít been modified since 1965. It wasnít Katrinaís wind that
destroyed New Orleans; it was the government-run levees breaking. This is a
man-made failure of socialized infrastructure, not a natural disaster.
FEMA and the city of New Orleans bureaucrats have no
incentive to be safe or quick reacting because they make no profit or loss.
The welfare state is also a cause of this tragedy. Many
of the residents left in New Orleans were welfare recipients who lived in
government housing. Many have been on welfare for generations. Welfare distorts
incentives, erodes the family and leads to dependency.
The chaos in New Orleans was caused by public management
of infrastructure and the welfare state, not Katrina.
Many blame President Bush and FEMA.
But the deeper problem is creeping socialism that has
displaced private action and individual responsibility in America.
Like children, everybody looks to someone else for
responsibility. Individuals in New Orleans looked to the city.
But Mayor Nagin looked to
Governor Blanco. Governor Blanco looked to President George W. Bush. No one was
Big government conditions people to be this way.†
In the future, we shouldnít trust disaster relief to the
red tape-filled bureaucracy called FEMA.†
Not only was the bungling FEMA late in New Orleans, but also FEMA
actively blocked on-time relief from the private sector.
Also, forced evictions without a court
order is illegal.
A manís home is his castle. Private property rights
should supercede exaggerated disease claims.
If people donít want to leave, they shouldnít have to.
Remember, people have a right to die.
So if they want to stay and ďgo down with their house,Ē
that is their right. Without a court order, itís illegal to forcibly evacuate.
If people stay, Iíd bet Dominoes would start delivering
pizzas by boat and private water taxis would abound.
Houseboats and floating docks could be built accessing
second story reconstruction above the water line. Let private American
ingenuity loose in New Orleans.
We donít need the Big Easy to turn into a police state
like Zimbabwe where the government just takes property it wants.
Let people keep their guns, homes and rights. And let the
private sector handle redevelopment without subsidy.