Memo to the new new dealers. If you’re going to hold up the Tennessee Valley Authority as a model of what great things the government can do, this might give you pause. Read the whole thing, but here’s my favorite bit.
As for flood control, the TVA has flooded an estimated 730,000 acres—more land than the entire state of Rhode Island. Most directly affected by TVA flooding were the thousands of people forced out of their homes. And while farm owners received cash settlements for their condemned property, black tenant farmers received nothing.
The TVA is $26 billion in debt, despite not having to pay taxes. Ralph Nader, noted right wing fascist, has condemned it as one of the worst polluters in the nation. Oh, and it slowed economic growth.
Seriously. Read the whole thing.
Various groups want the Feds to start regulating charities so that they give more money to minorities. Oh, yeah. That’s going to work out just great.
Port St. Lucie wants to use natural disaster funds to build their economy. So what happens when an actual natural disaster happens? That’s right. You and I will pay the bills.
Ah, America. The only nation willing to give a corrupt stupid governor a 6-figure book deal. Well, that just means the government will get the money when he’s convicted.