Foreign Aid
February 7, 2006 3:07 PM   Subscribe

Newsfilter: "France can take Treme. The king of Jordan can take the Lower Ninth Ward." Ray Nagin seeks international assistance after a certain superpower comes up short. [via Humid City]
posted by brundlefly (13 comments total)
why spend money to rebuild new orleans when you can sink 2 trillion dollars into iraq?
posted by nola at 4:10 PM on February 7, 2006

Sweet, it'll be like Epcot Center!

Seriously, though, did anybody really believe that Bush and the Republicans would fully fund the rebuilding of New Orleans? I'm not being cynical, snarky, or judgmental, nor am I sure who's to say whether and how much Federal aid should be provided to rebuild the city. But it's clear that Bush had and has no intention of making the rebuilding of the coast a priority. Good for Nagin for trying to be creative. Hopefully it gets his city a little money and a little press.
posted by billysumday at 4:10 PM on February 7, 2006

I'm surprised Bush didn't give real financial support to Nola if only for political gain--it looks like LA will be pretty blue at all levels for a long while now.

I'm also reminded of Baltimore, a very poor and troubled city, applying for USAID funding about a decade ago--or is this an urban legend?

Anyways, more power to Nagin--he's a fruit-loop, but his job is to get the city as much funding as possible right now.
posted by bardic at 4:43 PM on February 7, 2006

Anyways, more power to Nagin--he's a fruit-loop

Don't you think he'd rather be referred to as Count Chocula?

Still, this is the right move to make.
posted by suckerpunch at 5:33 PM on February 7, 2006

posted by bardic at 5:50 PM on February 7, 2006

Sudan can take the French Quarter.
posted by iamck at 5:57 PM on February 7, 2006

Not to mention, No new funding is projected and If you were staying in a FEMA sponsored hotel room, Evacuation day is today.

Didn't they say something to the effect of 'everything will be OK, the Government is here to help"?
posted by Balisong at 7:55 PM on February 7, 2006

Could give LA to Israel, solve two problems at once.
posted by five fresh fish at 8:34 PM on February 7, 2006

Balisong - No, you're confusing them with Democrats. Republicans charge trillions of dollars to the nation's credit card and dole it out to Jack Abramoff's clients. Then, they are shocked! -SHOCKED- I tell you! that it's all disappeared! They run for office pointing out that government never does anything right, and that it needs to be made small enough to drown in the bathtub.

And people fall for it - better that than those horrible, tax and spend Democrats.

Nola - 2 trillion dollars?!? Gone! And still nothing working? Why, we're shocked! -SHOCKED- I tell you! Think how bad it would be if the horrible spendthrift Democrat Party were running things!
posted by swell at 8:43 PM on February 7, 2006

A Nagin interview is like crack to a reporter.
posted by smackfu at 10:04 PM on February 7, 2006

"like crack to a" or "like to crack a"... personally, I think it'd be the latter were I the reporter.
posted by five fresh fish at 11:07 PM on February 7, 2006

Yeah, take THAT, France!

You and your freedom fries and your silly Statue of Liberty and your pathetic "helping us rebuild one of our greatest cities because our own federal government won't do it" can just go take a long walk off a short...!

Oh, er...wait...never mind.
posted by darkstar at 4:11 AM on February 8, 2006

You know, I'm just sad that so much rebuilding remains to be redone, and happy there are options beyond "wait for the government to help you" and "find some way to do it yourself."
posted by davejay at 10:29 AM on February 8, 2006

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