Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA):
"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it,
but God did."
According to well-informed New Orleans sources, New Orleans' wealthiest
families, including those who are direct descendants of the French who settled
New Orleans (not the Acadians [Cajuns] who were poor refugees from British tyranny
in Nova Scotia) are meeting in Dallas today with Bush administration officials,
New Orleans city officials, wealthy Texas oilmen, and bankers to plan for the
reconstruction of New Orleans. These wealthy New Orleans residents
live in the gated community of Audobon Place, a section of the city near the
Garden District replete with personal helipads that still has running water
and sewage and was only slightly affected by hurricane Katrina. It is now reportedly
being patrolled by private Israeli security forces.
The Dallas meeting focused on rebuilding and rezoning New Orleans without
the "criminal element," a code word for the city's poor African American
community. These New Orleans residents have been scattered across the
United States and are now under the control of FEMA. There is an understanding
by the wealthy New Orleans elite that the poor will never be able to return.
In fact, after the properties in New Orleans poorer communities are razed many
of the deed records of the poor and middle class contained in government offices
of Orleans Parish and neighboring Jefferson Parish may end up being casualties
of the flood. As one New Orleans source put it, "people will not have proof
they ever owned anything."
As for renters and residents of public housing,
they will be prevented from returning to their native city, according to New
Orleans sources. Louisiana's Republican House member Richard Baker,
a strong Bush ally, may have tipped his hand about the future plans for New
Orleans when he told a group of lobbyists, "We finally cleaned up public
housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did."
Guess Who Is Planning the Rebuilding of New Orleans?
The French-American elite of New Orleans are among the city's "rich
and famous." They run the Mardi Gras "crews" or clubs that sponsor
the annual pre-Lenten festival. Many also run large oil companies and are long
time supporters of the Bush family and their associated oil and gas cartels.
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