Remember the old saying? Someone got beaten like a “red-headed stepchild?” It meant that if a parent was abusive, a stepchild might get the worst of it. As redheads are traditionally picked on, a redheaded stepchild would get an even worse beating then the biological offspring.
In like manner, Louisiana is Washington’s red-headed stepchild. Try to think of a US state that has suffered more under their Federal “parents” than Louisiana has since 2005.
For your consideration:
1) Hurricane Katrina blows into New Orleans, a category 3 storm that doesn’t wreak all that much havoc in the city. But then, the Mississippi River and Lake Ponchartrain levees, built by the US Army Corps of Engineers, are breached by flood waters and fail, flooding most of the City of New Orleans.
The city’s society crumbles overnight. Hundreds of thousands of people are evacuated. We all saw the nightly videotapes of people being plucked off rooftops and rescued by boats. We also saw the floating bodies. The Superdome became a short-term prison for tens of thousands of people. Looting began almost immediately. Armed troops and law enforcement personnel went house-to-house confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens, leaving them defenseless against crimes.
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