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December 13, 2005

Dear Congress...

You know, I would love to get all pissed off about this whole idiotic "War on Christmas" crap right now. Being mad about something so benign would be wonderful. But I can't, because I keep driving through a city that has been left to die. A man-made disaster created by the incompetency of the federal government, and they can't even have the fucking decency to rebuild enough levees and decide on flood zone maps to allow people the stability to rebuild.

I tend to refrain from posting on this, as it's basically useless, but even my mother (republican voter, no less) got pissed off at the president and friends all spending so much money on Iraq, when they can't be bothered to spend a fraction of that on a great american city.

You folks like sugar? Already gone up by 20 cents/pound. Coffee? Folgers was having shortages due to not being able to open their plant here. You like your giant orange space shuttle rockets? Oil? Natural gas? Half the natural gas in this country passes through here. All the midwestern folks saying that we should just all take care of ourselves, do you want your grain shipped to the outside world? We need our infrastructure back, and that IS the government's job, no matter where you are, or what color the administration of your country.

(I must take a second to say, that all of my dear New York people, y'all have been awesome, I just wish the government cared as much about us as they did about you.)

I suppose bridges in Alaska are worth more than the livelihoods of a million or so people. What is it that Stalin said? One death is a tragedy, while a million is a statistic?

music: Kanye West: Diamonds are Forever

candice at December 13, 2005 12:08 AM


I found your blog after reading a comment you left on lifehacker.

Being from Baton Rouge, traveling many, many, many times to New Orleans, and having many friends from Mandeville & Slidell... I agree with you so much.

Posted by: Matthew Vince at December 14, 2005 10:15 AM

Thanks. I just get annoyed that we have to grovel like this, you know?

Posted by: candice at December 14, 2005 02:48 PM

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