The headline says that the state intends to audit FEMA before paying money. After yesterday's story that the US LOST millions of dollars in Iraq, I say that this is a positive development. Unless it ends up that we owe more money. In that case, we can tell them we are sending the money but then leave it in the bank for a few days before sending back to the citizens of Louisiana in tax cuts since we can't identify any specific federal needs, the money hasn't been earmarked for a particular project, and things seem dangerous in Washington. Emails months later will reveal that we royally screwed up, but state officials will refuse to turn over documents relating to this case and since there is no accountability at any level of government, the issue will be dropped.
I grew up in Metairie, LA and lived in actual New Orleans for 12 years. The day that I turned 30, I moved to New Jersey and then to Easton, PA 4 years ago. As luck would have it, I was in New Orleans when Katrina approached and evacuated to Jackson, MS. Other than that, I am a Latin and history teacher at a small, independent school in NJ. I miss New Orleans a lot, think about it all the time, and try to go there whenever the work schedule allows.