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  •  what's so wrong with asking? (4.00)
    I think it was callous of Hastert to say something like that right now, but I do think it's worth considering whether we shouldn't rebuild in a different location above sea level.  Given that we are going to have to rebuild, why should we rebuild in the same place?

    I think it's a legitimate question.  Now that we can plan for a similar storm in the future, maybe building more inland is a good idea?

    A gaffe in Washington is when you tell the truth and people act surprised.

    by hotshotxi on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 02:35:28 PM PDT

    •  I like the idea of a New New Orleans (none)
      They could probably restore the French Quarter enough for visiting tourists, but other than that, I think relocating might be the most humane thing to do in the long run.

      BUT, Hastert should have known better than to say something like that at a time like this, as a public official.  It's crass.  You wouldn't say "well, she's probably dead" to the family of a missing person a day or two after she goes missing.  The fact that it may be true, as Hastert's comment was, doesn't make it any less inconsiderate as people are suffering.

      •  agreed (none)
        It was a dick thing to say only a few days after the tragedy when people are still dying.

        A gaffe in Washington is when you tell the truth and people act surprised.

        by hotshotxi on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 03:57:43 PM PDT

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