Saturday, November 26, 2005

Fire the tar for Heitmeier

State Sen. Francis Heitmeier, once the state authority overseeing the activities of parish levee boards, and a former Orleans Parish Levee Board Chairman (if memory serves me), was never interested in levee fortification before he proposed a bill to leave the OPLB in charge of its marinas, airport, and police force. Why then his sudden interest in getting money for hurricane-protection projects?

Maybe because he likes using taxpayer money for his family-and-friends graft plan.

He certainly never had any sense of responsibility for the integrity of the levees:

[Peggy] Wilson and the many other critics of the levee board may not understand the group's purpose, Heitmeier said. "The levee board does not build the levees down here. The Corps of Engineers builds the levees. The Corps of Engineers inspects the levees. The levee board cuts the grass," Heitmeier said. "That's what they do. They cut the grass.

... oh ... er ... yeah, unless you want to talk about writing sweet contracts to overbill taxpayers for insurance, and to build bridges to casinos.

Hat tip: World Class New Orleans.

5 Comments:

At 11/26/2005 09:15:00 PM, Blogger bayou_boy504 said...

integrity indeed...

 
At 11/26/2005 11:49:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

If, as Heitmeier says, the levee board just cuts the grass, then there really is no reason to keep the levee board around. Parks and Parkways could cut the grass.

 
At 11/27/2005 06:02:00 AM, Blogger Mr. Clio said...

Thanks for the hat-tip, but I learned more from your post that you learned from mine. This is a great link on Peggy Wilson's rant (which is GREAT and must be said).

I agree with many of her individual points, but she can't seem to find a way to get things done. If people still actually read, she'd be a great crusading editor or something.

 
At 11/27/2005 12:13:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Your comments reflect my own views of Peggy Wilson. She always struck me as passionate about honesty and transparency in government, but just couldn't win people to her side.

 
At 11/29/2005 08:24:00 PM, Anonymous YatPundit said...

Now, don't get me wrong and have you thinking that I think Heitmeier is a good guy, but Peggy Wilson has never made a public statement that didn't further her own personal interests. She'd toss her momma under a bus if it would help her win the next election...

 

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