Despite what you're told by ABC News (in an interview tonight with former Senator John Breaux) and the Bush-hating leftouts, the levees didn't break because President Bush gutted the Army Corps of Engineers' budget. Erick at Redstate uncovered this little nugget from a NYTimes story:
- No one expected that weak spot to be on a canal that, if anything, had received more attention and shoring up than many other spots in the region. It did not have broad berms, but it did have strong concrete walls.
Shea Penland, director of the Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of New Orleans, said that was particularly surprising because the break was "along a section that was just upgraded."
"It did not have an earthen levee," Dr. Penland said. "It had a vertical concrete wall several feel thick."
Let's kill this meme now, before it becomes a Known Fact.