The Strange and Mystical Workings of a Local Government  

jrb6955 58M
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8/31/2006 7:42 pm

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The Strange and Mystical Workings of a Local Government

As we remember the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I remembered a story someone emailed a few months back. It was just after Ray Nagan was re-elected Mayor of New Orleans. It would be funny, if it weren't for the fact that taxpayers of New Orleans are the ones who have been made to suffer. The original author is obviously not a fan of Mayor Ray Nagan. However, in my experience, Mayor Nagan is not the only local governmental official (or even governmental official at any level) who has made such economically disastrous decisions. I also want to admit here that I have not verified this story or the reference to it having been reported by Brit Hume.

All of what follows is the text of the original email, with one edit near the end to delete a comment I found offensive and inappropriate:


Here's one for you!

Do you remember New Orleans 'Katrina' mayor Ray Nagan? The one that tried to teach 1,200 buses to swim while his citizen's drowned? Once again, he has demonstrated his ability to deal with hard realities. According to The New Orleans Times Picayune there were 50,000 vehicles ruined in Katrina and abandoned by their owners.

The largest auto crusher east of the Rockies, K&L Auto Crushers of Tyler, Texas offered to pay the City of New Orleans $100.00 per vehicle, 'as is, where is', an estimated $5 million net to the City. They agreed to bring in 5 to 10 portable crushers, work 6 days per week and complete the job in 15 weeks.

Of course, mayor Nagan knew better how to do the job and refused the offer saying the city would do the job themselves. It seems that now it will cost the City $23 million to complete the job. The vehicles are still there today instead of being cleaned out 5 Months ago.

Now, lets see if I have this correct. By doing it K&L's way the City of New Orleans would net $5 million. Doing it Mayor Nagan's way costs the city $23 million for a net cost to the City of New Orleans of $28,000,000.

This is the same mayor that wants The United States taxpayers to give $50 billion to New Orleans and let him rebuild a [New Orleans] his way without any oversight or any control.

Check out the story if you doubt it.

Brit Hume reported this on Fox News.

rm_AnOddGirl 57F
3469 posts
8/31/2006 11:11 pm

Yeah, it's because he could get the city council together to vote on the daym contract! Ah such is life here in New Orleans...

jrb6955 replies on 9/1/2006 5:39 am:
You are not alone. Such things happen elsewhere as well. This was just a good, recent example of how politicians make very poor business decisions.

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