I think we actually agree. I hope so.
The President said, ""We'll not just rebuild, we'll build higher and better,"
The estimated cost is about 1/3 the tax cut passed last week.
If music is the spirit of a country New Orleans is America's soul.
I'm not so much thinking it must be the same houses, Circle K stores, and locations.
But there must be a PLAN. A plan to bring the people who want to return back.
The musicians, chefs, all the lovers of music and the arts? Without those who grew up where there is a school band marching in the street each and every school day and kids tap dancing on the corner you may as well go the a Disney "New Orleans Square". Where else is being a street musician an entry level job with respect and opportunity for promotion?
What other city produced a little boy who stopped a war on another continent?
With a smile and with love?
Sure Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., and Aaron Neville will do OK. But what of the next generation of greats? What of the city they love.
It will be sad for the world if this goes on too long.
From the article:
"If the rest of the nation has decided it is too expensive to give the people of New Orleans a chance at renewal, we have to tell them so....
... We must tell them America is too broke and too weak to rebuild one of its great cities."...
For audio & video - http://www.democracynow.org/article..../12/09/1444207
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