The disaster in New Orleans "is not an act of God," said Benigno Aguirre, a professor at the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. "This is an act of man. The federal government refused to spend the money to improve the levees."
I'm sick and tired of people blaming the federal government for this. If the people in the city of New Orleans and the state of Lousiana were stupid enough to live there without taking adequate precautions, that's not the federal government's fault. New Orleans should have raised taxes by a few percent to pay for better levees. And if the higher taxes caused everyone to move out of the city, that would have just demonstrated that it wasn't an economically viable place to live there in the first place.