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.