Tuesday, June 27, 2006 | Assuming that public funds are limited, and that Louisiana and neighboring states, California, and other states are in need of levy repair and other projects to help prevent and deal with the effects of flooding and natural disasters which appear to be a greater threat than terrorist attacks, a pressing question is why public and government debate seems more focused on building a “better” wall across the Mexican/U.S. border than on preventing and helping alleviate the effects of natural disasters?
Shouldn’t our limited public funds and attention be focused on the greatest threats first?
As this letter is being written, Washington, D.C. is crippled by floods following a major rain event which has lasted several days.
It would be ironic if the government officials and those responsible for reporting news who ignore the most obvious threats to the country were washed or blown away by the threats that they ignored.
As sad as it would be to see government officials and media people consumed by the natural disasters they ignored, maybe those who were spared or who replace them would start turning more collective attention to the conditions which are wreaking havoc in some part of the United States almost every day.
Of course we could change the focus of public attention from a border wall to natural disasters without losing officials and media people. But that doesn’t seem to be happening. Stay tuned for breaking developments!