First, I have been to Iowa and I have been to New Orleans. Iowa has a lot of corn and pigs. New Orleans has a lot of fun and alcohol. Which do you think I visit more often?
So, here we are now talking about Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I saw an aerial view on the National News of what looked to me like a lake spotted with roof tops. I saw the people of Cedar Rapids working together to fill sand bags to try to save their city and their homes. I also noticed that when the time came for evacuation, most listened. I did not see anyone looting their neighbors’ homes or businesses. No one was shot dead in the street, no police officers quit their jobs in fear for their lives. I am also pretty certain that the tax payers of this country will not be asked to foot the bill for hotel rooms for upwards of two years for the displaced residents of Cedar Rapids. Even the President did not run to Cedar Rapids, he was in England celebrating the Queen’s birthday and the Mayor did not throw a temper tantrum about that or call practically the entire country racist either.
Our economy is in the tank and now that all that corn land in Iowa is shot to hell, we will see even more problems with food prices and ethanol and barrels of oil. I am sure that when the Mighty Mississippi River finally recedes these towns will not have any homes, gas stations or grocery stores either, just like New Orleans. Still I just don’t see the people of Iowa giving up, moving out and never trying to rebuild. Maybe even bigger and better than before! Perhaps I will want to see Iowa again and then I can say something more than just corn and pigs.
Actually, I think I just did