Re: Another Scapegoat:
And this is why Bush tried to pin it on Blanco- Bush stole the levee rebuilding money so he could give tax breaks to his rich friends. Read & weep. or get the tar & feathers:
Bushs first budget proposed more than half a billion dollars worth of cuts to the Army Corps of Engineers for the 2002 fiscal year. Bush proposed half of what his own officials said was necessary for the critical Southeast Louisiana Flood Control Project (SELA)a project started after a 1995 rainstorm flooded 25,000 homes and caused a half billion dollars in damage.
Bush did this to offset the tax break he gave to the top 1% of rich Americans. The first major economic initiative pursued by the president was a massive tax cut for the rich, enacted in June of 2001. Bush signed his massive $1.3 trillion income tax cut into law-a tax cut that severely depleted the government of revenues it needed to address critical priorities.
Bush provided just $5 million for maintaining and upgrading critical hurricane protection levees in New Orleansone fifth of what government experts and Republican elected officials in Louisiana told the administration was needed. Bush knew SELA needed $80 million to keep working, but the he only proposed providing a quarter of that.
The SELA project sought $100 million to repair the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain levees, but Bush offered only $16.5 million. The Army Corps of Engineers asked for $27 million to pay for hurricane protection upgrades around Lake Pontchartrainbut the White House cut that to $3.9 million. Gaps in levees around Lake Pontchartrain & the Industrial Canal, which were supposed to be filled by 2004, were not filled because of budget shortfalls. Repair work on the levees, including the ones that failed, was stopped due to lack of funds.
Rick was on Bourbon in the late 60's. he had a place at 327- originally a hotel-, with a back patio- I played there for a while, including one Mardi Gras. The front was a old style hotel bar with table top dancing. Rick had his office upstairs, and it was pretty ghostly up there with it all pretty much vacant. He originally had a real girl on a trapeze, swinging out a window, but the girls complained so much he got a dummy. It was one tight crew- girls, musicians and bouncers and barkeeps. One bartender was a very jealous gay girl and she would come over the bar if you got too friendly with her girlfriend. The dancers were all focused on one thing- getting the money from the guys that came in. They worked as a team and they would swarm a guy with bucks. Until he didn't have any more then they promptly ignored him. The bouncers and barker were nice all the way around but they would get real mean if anyone acted out or started a fight there. Speaking of Suzies- the guy that opened the Dungeon, Howard, met his long time GF there- also known as Suzi. I learned way too much about pasty glue, shaving, G strings, etc. And how some guys get real stupid around nearly bare women. I gotta say I wised up pretty fast.
Yes, Rick ran sleazy joints. Yes he was cheap. Yes he was cranky, but he was fair and sometimes, surprisingly softhearted. But his places have hundreds of stories. So here's a toast to you, Rick, and the passing of an era.
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