I just want to scream the scream of someone vindicated by the NFL's instant reply challenge. But, then again, I already had this conversation when I was back east in Georgia. The question posed: "Why rebuild a city under sea level."
Answer: "Well, because it isn't under sea level, for one. Not even half of it."
I mean, c'mon, George W. Bush didn't even get half and he got to be President of the United States of America.
Snide commentary aside, the above response was not believed by the questioner*. This would not have been too agitating had we been standing anywhere other than 30 inches above sea level at the time, on Island City, Georgia, that positions uncounted millions of dollars worth of property tax base an average of five feet above sea level. And our second largest industry is golf.
But I did discover the way to win that argument: We** rebuild Florida every two years, and they keep building landfill off the sides of that state, and then putting uncounted millions of dollars worth of insured homes on said land. Repeat this again and again and again and you eventually win the argument. Not a usual win, but a "You're right, I'm wrong, you win" win. Victory utter and total.
Any 'conservative' in America who hesitates when asked "should we rebuild New Orleans," should then have to answer the question, "Well, what about Florida?" They're either with us or they're with the hurricanes. Louisiana has an important amount of the strategic oil and natural gas piplines running through the place. Florida has a giant cartoon mouse who marries homosexuals. They must either commit, in principle, to rebuilding New Orleans, Florida, and anywhere else unfortunate enough to straddle that strategic fault line called the ocean; or they must publicly state that they are ready and willing to give Florida back to the Seminoles, alligators and hurricanes, and they're ready to watch MLB spring training in Detroit in March.
* The questioner also professed his love for "how liberal" I was, but asked me when I was going to grow out of it. That's right, NOLA bloggers, down here I'm considered so conservative they call me a 'right winger.' On Island City, they call me a communist. While. We're. Tee-ing. Off. At. Oak. Grove.
** As in the great Republic "WE." As in the United (key word) States of America.