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I saw that happen in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.

Rich folk moved inland just far enough away from those white sand beaches after the storm surge devastated their mansions. They displaced a lot of poor blacks and Vietnamese renters who worked service jobs in the casinos and at those big mansions. Of course there was no other rental housing available and it became a real clusterf*ck.

But you bring up another issue I also saw in Mississippi. Part of the reason the destruction was so bad was because of overdevelopment of fields and wetlands. Marshes and cypress swamps that used to absorb storm surges had been cleared to make way for those sandy beaches and backfilled to build malls and wealthy housing. Thus Katrina's devastation was amplified 10-fold as inland tributaries (sometimes miles inland) flooded up to 10 feet under the surge.

May you stay safe, Friend.

Racism is a social construct devised by the wealthy

to keep the poor people divided - and not join together to overthrow their corporate overlords. Given the economic climate these past four years, this news doesn't surprise me in the least.

Romney & Ryan will be at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this week. You know who built that?

FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps!

From today's Denver Post:

Red Rocks represents exactly the kind of public investment Romney and Ryan oppose. In February, Romney railed against the stimulus at a factory in Colorado Springs that took stimulus money. Next Tuesday, he’ll be speaking a national landmark built by stimulus money.

Constructed courtesy of FDR’s New Deal, or what we would now call “stimulus,” Red Rocks is to this day a public park owned by the city and county of Denver. It is the jewel of the New Deal’s investment in Colorado, as public projects built our nation’s infrastructure and helped lift us out of the Great Depression.

On a panel at the Red Rocks Visitors’ Center it says:

Red Rocks Amphitheatre was the Civilian Conservation Corps’ largest and most ambitious project. A crew of about 300 young men at any one time lived in barracks near Morrison and worked on the theatre from 1936 to 1941, with help from the National Parks Service and Works Progress Administration. They laid 10 boxcar loads of cement and put down 90,000 square feet of flagstone quarried at Lyons, Colorado. The physical structure of the facility, as well as all the finished terracing and stonework, was built by hand, without the help of any machines.

Eat that, Republicans!
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