From "Obama Meets Critics in New Orleans" in this morning's New York Times:
“Why is it four years after Katrina we’re still fighting for money to repair our devastated city?” asked Gabriel Bordenave, 29, a Loyola law school graduate. “I expected as much from the Bush administration. But why are we still being nickeled and dimed?”
The president, in a rare moment on the defensive in a format that is usually friendly to him, said many people in New Orleans were “understandably impatient” and said he had inherited a backlog of problems.
“These things were not all going to be fixed tomorrow,” Mr. Obama said. “So we are working as hard as we can, as quickly as we can.” He added, “I wish I could just write a check.”
When someone shouted, “Why not?” Mr. Obama replied, “There’s this whole thing about the Constitution.”
Actually, we have this "whole thing" called self-reliance. A concept that fled New Orleans long ago.
Whether deserved or not, Katrina victims have received - thus far - tens of billions of dollars in government welfare. And it continues to flow in. Four years after Hurricane Katrina hit and rearranged the rubble that was called New Orleans. Four years.
And these people still whine that we're not doing enough.
Their fifteen minutes of fame ended long ago. As did sympathy for their plight. So, to the people of New Orleans we say, "Shut up, grow up, and get up."