America is a nation of great engineers and even greater monuments to progress. We are the creators of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam, and the Tennessee Valley Authority. This has been our legacy through the ages from the first shovels of dirt from what would be the Erie Canal, the spikes and crossties of the Trans-Continental Railroad, every ton of earth moved to bridge Central America with the Panama Canal, and every pound of concrete poured into the Eisenhower Interstate System.
All these projects were expensive, all of them when taken alone, benefited only small sections of the population at their onset. But overall, these projects proved far more worthwhile to America than just the dollars and cents, the concrete and dirt. It was all a matter of priorities. Say what you want about government being too big, the power of America as a whole to focus resources is a sight to behold.
Those are the reasons that it is not only necessary, but right, to make restoring the Mississippi River Delta a national priority. Those are the reasons that it is not only necessary, but right, to make the reconstruction of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast a continuing national priority. Third Battle of New Orleans calls doing so simple, yet complicated. What worthwhile undertakings aren't? But with good reasons for doing so, our priorities in the right place, and one hell of a payment plan, it can be done. It should be done. We do not give up American cities to earthquakes and fire, we do not abandon Florida and the Carolinas when hurricanes do their damage there. We should not give up on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. It is all a matter of priorities.