Former Sen. John Edwards, a Democratic candidate for the presidency of the United States, has proposed, with the exquisite timing of a politician, on the cusp of the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a six-point plan to “Help Get New Orleans Back on its Feet.”
His proposals would address nursing and other medical shortages, safety on the streets, efforts to return all former residents to the city, appointment of a “chief recovery officer” (can you say “czar”?), appointment of a special Gulf Coast inspector general, and enactment of “Brownie’s Law” to insure that political hacks don’t get jobs they can’t perform.
We should be pleased that at least one presidential candidate has a devastated American city on his or her mind. But I’d rather hear his answers to a few questions missing from his Web site’s proposal:
How much will it cost?
Who’s gonna decide how the money’s spent?
Who’s gonna pay for it?
Rhetoric will not resolve New Orleans’ issues. Answers to those questions must accompany proposals imbued with political vagueness.