We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Spain decided that liquor, games, and rudeness were acceptable because they brought in tax revenue. New Orleans needed this cash because its residents exhibited at least one all-American trait: they hated paying taxes. They did need expensive public infrastructure, though, to keep out the water and to rebuild when the water broke through. “Vice paid,” explains Powell. “Without the revenues it provided, government officials would have been hard-pressed to pay for maintaining the towns’ costly infrastructure.” Crown administrators likely would advise present-day Louisiana officials to build yet another casino or pleasure emporium to bring in jobs and cash.
Need more taxes/fees/whatever because they're having trouble maintaining the infrastructure... Hmm. That includes the dikes, right?
Why don't they haul in dirt to raise the place from being underwater?
I read someplace that's what (I think it was) Galveston did -- half the place was under sea level, so they used the stuff dredged up from the dredge operations and used it to build up the land to around sea level.
Sounds like a good idea to me for New Orleans. Under sea level? Add dirt until you're not.
A very interesting place to live. I met a retired German seaman who said he retired here because he admired it's "sense of lawlessness". He then added "but that gets old."
My summary of the New Orleans attitude is, ' Don't hold me to a high standard and I won't hold you to one."
On the other hand, there is a much easier relationship among different groups. I always say you can't be too surley with someone when your famlies may be standing next to each other to at Mardi Gras.