22 November 2005

Ken Odinet is an Idiot...

San Francisco. Dallas. Baltimore. Los Angeles. Chicago. Boston. New York City.

You name a major American city and chances are virtually 100% it is part of a larger metro-region that feeds off the main economic function of the "anchor" city AND that the parts of the region realize that the sum whole of the entire region is greater than the individual parts. These metro-regions operate with synergies in commerce, technology, law enforcement, mass transportation, education and countless others because they see the benefit of working together. FORTUNATELY we don't need to worry ourselves with those sorts of efforts down here in the Greater New Orle-, I mean Greater Jeffer-, I mean Greater St. Bern-, I mean Greater West Ban-...wait, what's so great about it? We've got the wicked witch of the west (quickly rub your hands over the table and you've done an Aaron Broussard imitation) and now its coming in from the east. Sorry, I'm beginning to climb a soap box here. Let me get down before it gets dangerous. My point is this: Ken Odinet is an idiot and shame on a legislator with that much experience in public office not realizing that what is good for New Orleans is good for the ENTIRE New Orleans Metro Region.

By using his full weight in the House's Special Session to effectively kill a bill that would de-politicize the Levee Board System as we know it and put people who know what in the hell a levee is in place. Mon-sewer Odinet has told the state, and Washington DC, that it is politics as usual down here because, in his words, "The bill didn't do anything for Chalmette." Now, my heart breaks when I think of the people of Chalmette. I have many good friends who lost everything they own, lost their memories and have nothing but the kindness of strangers to live on, but I was ENRAGED when I read the story in the TP about the bull headed, political BS this man is spewing out. His cronie Heitmeyer even attacked the 3 dozen leaders of the Rebuild New Orleans Coalition (made up primarily of THE Key Business People in the city) by saying "none of them even got water." What sort of nonsense is that? What does it matter if they personally did not flood? If they do not have faith in the ability of our government to do what is right for the safety of our city then we will continue to see the hemorrage of business people from the New Orleans Metro region,

Apparently our Senate thought it was a good idea, it passed there 37-0. The bill even KEPT the Orleans Levee Bored intact so they could tend to their Bull-S**t over passes to keep the money rolling in from Bally's and several other real estate developements they have going on. The regional board would ACTUALLY OVERSEE THE DEVELOPMENT AND PROTECTION OF THE LEVEE SYSTEM...WHAT A NOVEL CONCEPT! However Odinet thought it would be a good idea to vote against it and effectively kill it in the House of Represenatives. A full story is at www.nola.com.

Thanks Kenny,

Love,

Al
Seafood City (Very Pretty)
1926 North Broad...(not really)
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2 Comments:

At December 19, 2005 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al,of Seafood City,you are the idiot. Rep. Odinet is an honest and sincere person who is looking out for ALL of his constitutents. He has watched his parish flood twice because of the Gulf Outlet (MRGO)which benefits New Orleans - not St. Bernard. It has only destroyed the wetlands, homes, businesses and lives of St. Bernard. Rep. Odinet is standing up for all those people that do not have a voice elsewhere. He is one of the few political figures that still stands by his beliefs. There should be more leaders like Rep. Odinet.

 
At December 20, 2005 5:45 PM, Blogger Al Scramuzza said...

See my Original Post, but here is your response:

Ken Odinet is an Idiot...REDUX

Today, December 19, 2005, at 9:53 PM a comment was posted on one of my previous posts:

Anonymous said...

Al,of Seafood City,you are the idiot. Rep. Odinet is an honest and sincere person who is looking out for ALL of his constitutents. He has watched his parish flood twice because of the Gulf Outlet (MRGO)which benefits New Orleans - not St. Bernard. It has only destroyed the wetlands, homes, businesses and lives of St. Bernard. Rep. Odinet is standing up for all those people that do not have a voice elsewhere. He is one of the few political figures that still stands by his beliefs. There should be more leaders like Rep. Odinet.


You really kind of made my point for me. I never doubted Rep. Odinet's honesty or sincerity and I never doubted his loyalty to the people of St. Bernard. What I called into question was that Rep. Odinet used his political power to benefit a few rather than benefit the many. The assignment of a unified regional levee board does not mean that the interests of St. Bernard are going to be ignored with regards to the MRGO, which we can all agree is a miserable failure. What greater benefit is the continued fragmentation and polticialization of our levee boards going to serve? We have known for nearly 50 years that the MRGO was a potential for mass devatstaion. According to a report published on www.louisianasportsman.com a 1958 report published by the Department of the Interior, warned that “excavation of the (MRGO) could result in major ecological change with widespread and severe ecological consequences.” And on the same website, "an article in the October 2001 issue of the Scientific American warned that a worst-case hurricane impact could swamp the entire city of New Orleans under 20 feet of water, killing thousands of people. The areas projected to be most impacted? St. Bernard, Orleans and Plaquemines." Ok, the MRGO is a significant problem, but what benefit does Odinet's actions serve? What good comes from his political move?

Back to the Sportmans website, the reason for the MRGO in the first place "according to a 1957 article appearing in the New Orleans States Item: “…the (MRGO) is a chance for the industrial development of St. Bernard parish as a supplement to the great industrial growth of neighboring Orleans parish.” REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT! (Does the name Estopinal mean anything here?) The fact that we did not have the science or the foresight to see the devastation MRGO has had on our wetlands and the fact that it needs to be fixed doesn't change the fact that we ALL need a unified, scientific, engingeering based Levee Board.


Again, let it be clear that I am taking issue with Ken Odinet's ACTIONS not his CHARACTER. His role as a stand-up guy of good character and his family orientation (I was friends with some of his children in college) is not the issue here. His role as the main force behind killing something that benefits us ALL is what is the real problem I am voicing.

 

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