Rebuilding Plans Confront Turf Wars Do you detect that there will be more than just a little racial emphasis put on the reconstruction efforts in New Orleans? Do you expect Mayor Nagin to campaign for a higher office when this is over? Perhaps he'd like to be Governor? Do you think that might preclude accepting any responsibility for mismanagement of the city's prevention and response actions? Louisiana government is riddled with a large assortment of Boards and Commissions each with their own agenda. These agencies are all filled by political appointments. Favors beget favors! There you have it! The federal government is being asked to cover 100% of the recovery cost! Of course, friends, as we know what this really means is that people who don't even live close to Louisiana will be paying to reconstruct New Orleans to "better than before" condition. Louisiana, in Governor Blanco gets her way, won't - other than through federal taxes on it's residents - be picking up that tab. New Orleans, if Mayor Nagin gets his way, will decide exactly how the money - your money - is spent.