It is a shame that with almost every problem that faces the United States, our nation has already dealt with a similar problem in the past. At some point between then and now, we've either willfully forgotten the lessons or fallen prey to the snake-oil salesmen who convinces us that his medicine works the best.
Has it occurred to anyone why we have problems with flooding in this country? John Barry penned a must-read Saturday Essay in the WSJ on April 30 to describe, in layman's terms, what is going on here. (HT: YRHT)
Some of the questions Barry takes a crack at:
1. Why do all these people live in danger of flooding, and can't they just move somewhere else?
2. When did this become the Federal government's problem? What group of socialists decided that the government should be in the flood control business?
3. When did African-Americans abandon the Republican Party?
4. How do decisions made in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota end up contributing to massive property damage in Louisiana?
5. What kind of person lives in flood-prone areas and doesn't have flood insurance?
6. If the USACoE know how to build better levees, why don't they do it?
Of course, you can find more detailed answers to most of these questions by reading Barry's book, Rising Tide, but actual US history may not be compatible with an already made-up mind.
Update: Oh, here are a few ideas.