Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Actual headline: "Property Rights Impede Race To Save Louisiana Coast"

Why, the nerve! How dare property owners exercise their rights and use their property in a manner they see fit! In Louisiana:
Yet what should have been a quick sprint over a short distance to save the coast regularly turns into an endless marathon through a maze of property rights issues, coastal workers say.

Publicly financed projects to prevent southeast Louisiana from being swallowed by the Gulf often are slowed to a crawl and in some cases stopped in deference to the property rights of the very landowners the projects are designed to protect, state officials said. And if Louisiana ends up losing its battle against the Gulf — forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents — respect for the property rights of a few could well be a major contributing factor.

Goodness knows that a state project under the competent leadership of Gov. Blanco would work out incredibly well, if not for those backwoods coon#ss property owners, right? Continuing:
The issue of the state “taking'’ private property to rebuild the coast exploded onto the public’s radar in 2002 when judges in Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes awarded local oyster fishers more than $1 billion in damages the harvesters claimed had been caused by the Caernarvon Freshwater Diversion Project — originally built to improve oyster grounds and strengthen wetlands against erosion.

OK, so that was only one project that the state screwed up and harmed those it was supposed to benefit! Why use this one isolated case to portray Louisiana as an incompetently run state? For those of you on the left, that was sarcasm.

See-Dubya asks the following exit question:
Can you imagine the Times-Picayune running a piece complaining about how, instead of property rights, the free press rights of a few loudmouths was holding up the important work of the state? Of course not, that would be outrageous. Fascist, even!

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