Wednesday, September 07, 2005

New Orleans: The Whole Picture

Fire of Liberty

Michael Novak, the George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, has a wonderful piece over at National Review Online that takes a look at the folks the media has failed to report on. Through the use of census information, Novak writes a very informative piece that digs deeper into the population of New Orleans and reveals so interesting facts about the people in need. I highly recommend you read the whole piece to get a better grasp on the situation in New Orleans but for now just take in Novak's closing comments:
The poor may suffer worst of all, but they are not the only ones to taste bitter ashes in times of calamity, and to find their souls tested. Those of the middle class who worked hard (maybe even worked their way out of poverty), played by the rules, and set aside some resources for times of trouble, also deserve our help. Especially just at that exact moment when everything they made so many sacrifices to attain has been taken from them.

It was just then that Job was tried. So might we all be.
Well done Mr. Novak.

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