Nicole Gelinas, RealClearPolitics.com, August 29, 2006 (This originally appeared on City-Journal.org, 08-28-06) Though President Bush declared on Saturday that Hurricane Katrina exposed "deep-seated poverty" in America, the disaster isn't ultimately a story of poverty or of race, but of the greatest failure of civil engineering in American history. Luckily, while the nation has never been able to solve poverty, it can solve the engineering problem at the heart of southern Louisiana's potential recovery. . .
And something new about asbestos:
Asbestos double-dipping Posted by Ted Frank Must-read coverage of how asbestos plaintiffs "double-dip" into billions of dollars of asbestos bankruptcy trusts run by plaintiffs' lawyers (like Baron & Budd, the namesake of John Edwards's money man, Fred Baron) through making boldly inconsistent claims of exposure. (Daniel Fisher, "Double-Dippers", Forbes, Sep. 4). Courts are cracking down for the first time, though the only people suffering consequences so far are clients, rather than the unethical attorneys-the shareholders who lost their money and the workers who lost their jobs in the fraud are out of luck. . .