Last night, I didn’t watch President Obama’s speech on his economic plan. After the first few minutes of watching enthusiastic applause for the President from the members of the House and Senate, and others, I just couldn’t bare to watch it. Our elected leaders deserve our respect, but count me as one of many individuals who are having trouble putting my faith in government. It just seems that too many politicians are living in their own little world inside the Beltway, oblivious to the real world outside D.C.
Today, I received an e-mail from one of the communications agencies I correspond with regularly that offered a video of the Birds Point Levee disaster this past spring. Watching this video once again reminded me why I probably felt the way I did Thursday night as the President was about to address the nation.
While I realize the Army Corps of Engineers believes it was proper to blow several holes in the levee to avert a possible disaster in Cairo, Ill., what it did to the farmland and communities in the New Madrid flood zone has been nothing short of disastrous. It appears some of the assumptions they made were just flat-out wrong, and the damage to this area may be far greater than anticipated.
I don’t have all the facts; this is just one view of the disaster. But the video suggests that our government that created the disaster in this area — the disaster didn’t occur naturally, it was the government that decided when and where the disaster would hit — has not done anything for the people whose lives were impacted.
Watch the video. You’ll see some amazing images of soil erosion and destruction, and you’ll hear how devastating this event has been on folks impacted by the Birds Point Levee disaster.