Tuesday, May 01, 2007

A Funny Thing Happened to the Biggest Cynic I Know

A year and a half ago I was cynically amused at the number of New Orleanians who confidently proclaimed that we would never go back to the "old way of doing things." So why am I now so disappointed that we've turned into a city full of people who defensively maintain that politicians are corrupt everywhere? Just cynical about other people's cynicism, I guess.

There's also the fact that denial and Foghorn Leghornism have proven to be piss poor defensive strategies for a city that desperately needs help, even if it fully deserves that help. I do, however, fully expect some Foghorn Leghorn style shouting out of Washington and Florida. When a Florida company, owned by Jeb Bush's former business partner, writes the bid specifications for New Orleans' faulty new pumps, you don't need to be a cynic to predict one likely result. One of the three federal audit/investigations into city finances (that have been reported in the Picayune) will turn up something newsworthy or we'll hear about some new investigation that some congressman called for.

For more on the pumps, be sure to see Fix The Pumps.

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