Thursday, December 20, 2007

Brad Pitt's Good (and Useless) Deed

UPDATE: After reading the comments, and looking into Brad Pitt's relief efforts a little more, I think I was unfair to Pitt. 10 million for 150 homes comes to about $65,000 a home, which is a reasonable cost. It will be a drop in a bucket, but every drop helps. Considering the federal governments incompetence in the matter of rebuilding New Orleans, the city will need generous people like Pitt.

Brad Pitt has started a campaign to replace some of the houses devastated by Hurricane Katrina. He has pledged to donate five million dollars to the effort, and expects to build 150 homes. Film producer Steve Bing has pledged another five million. As the hard-hit Ninth Ward of New Orleans has still not been rebuilt, his efforts will be appreciated.

Brad Pitt is a pretty notorious liberal, but his humanitarian efforts in New Orleans are genuinely inspiring. Five million dollars is a lot for anyone, even if they happen to be rich movie stars. Pitt, in this case, is walking the walk.

But even when Pitt walks the walk, his liberalism is evident. Pitt's New Orleans plan is typical of liberalism-- it is good-hearted, overpriced (10 million dollars for 150 homes?), and ineffective (over 9,000 homes were destroyed by hurricane Katrina). Likewise, the Left's emphasis on compassion is born out of the most pure motives; liberals want to help the disadvantaged, the poor, and the sick. Unfortunately, the high-budget initiatives that are employed to alleviate these problems never work. Instead, they cost huge amounts of money, and produce almost no results.

12 Comments:

At December 21, 2007 at 6:20 AM , Blogger John J. Kaiser said...

Not to mention that residential rebuilding in New Orleans is plain ol' ridiculous. The place is just waiting for another massive flood.

 
At December 21, 2007 at 7:09 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Surprisingly I'm going to have to disagree with you on this, Daniel. If Pitt is donating the money, he can spend it as he sees fit, and 150 homes is better than none.

I enjoy the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, even though they build maybe 20 houses a year, gorgeous homes, too, but it is helping deserving families, and it is teaching my kids that giving is important. Furthermore, it shows that communities can come together to help one another rather than assume the government should.

 
At December 21, 2007 at 9:15 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

Sure it's noble to take up such a cause. But, I concur with John on this one. I think it would be more appropriate to take up a cause and use the money towards the infrastructure which will help prevent the magnitude of this sort of thing happening again.

 
At December 21, 2007 at 12:32 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Ah, but Soapie, I do think it's the government's job to take care of the infrastructure, not private donations.

 
At December 21, 2007 at 2:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

neither private donations or the government are needed to take care of New O, people with a strong sense of self esteem and a can-do attitude are needed, then the Government can come in and organize it. Maybe Pitt was a little zealous...who cares he tried .

 
At December 21, 2007 at 6:00 PM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

"Ah, but Soapie, I do think it's the government's job to take care of the infrastructure, not private donations."

Well yeah!! I'm just sayin' if one is going to put their money into something like this, what makes more sense stopping the bleeding or just slappin' a band aid on it?

 
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