Monday, August 28, 2006

A Horrible Anniversary

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that tomorrow is the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, especially since I had a visitor today who has been working on the recovery since the early days of it. He quit last Friday.

The conditions he described today, one year after the storm sounded nothing less than post-apocalyptic. He told me that there is still so much destruction that it is too depressing to continue working there. He had to have some time away.

He also told me one other thing. The IRS has decided to discontinue the tax incentives that drew so many workers to the area to help with the rebuilding as of June 31. These incentives were one of the main factors drawing people to put up with living in the hell that is the reconstruction zone.

The bottom line is that for all intents and purposes without these incentives the reconstruction will likely slow dramatically. The federal government needs to step in to re-instate them immediately. Not doing so is the first step in giving up.

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