Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Chocolate City selling flooded school buses on eBay

The Mayor of Chocolate, New Orleans...has discovered an innovative way to raise money: auctioning off the buses he allowed to sit motionless leading up to Hurricane Katrina. From Breitbart/AP:
Starved for cash, the New Orleans school district is taking a long shot and hoping to sell its flooded, unsalvageable school buses on eBay.

Some submerged to their roofs in the black flood waters, the yellow school buses were widely photographed in the days after Hurricane Katrina and have become an icon of the city's devastated school system.
Uh, not quite, AP. The buses became an icon of the city's hamhanded, inept, and grossly and criminally negligent handling of the evacuation prior to Hurricane Katrina. By now, we've all seen the pictures of the flooded school buses sitting motionless near the Superdome, and we've all heard Mayor Ray "School Bus" Nagin's shameful excuse that they couldn't be used because there were no unionized or government workers to drive the buses.

Speaking of which:
The district plans to contract out its student transportation.
Oh, so now it's OK for non-government entities to be driving buses? They couldn't drive the buses to save people's lives, but they can shuttle folks now that the city is half-full! I guess hindsight is 20/20, eh Mayor Nestle?