The System Failures From Limited Funding

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Levee System Failures from Limited Funding Abstract Hurricane Katrina was one of the most damaging hurricanes in the U.S. history. This disaster was not only due to natural causes, but to the catastrophic levee failure resulting from the storm surge. The public widely reprimanded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) afterwards since they built the New Orleans Levee System. However, the Corps of Engineers was unable to rebuild the outdated levee system due to lack of federal funding. This paper will focus on how President George. W. Bush and Congress were culpable for not providing enough funding for the proposed flood protection projects. While both the president and Congress were at fault, this paper is directed towards Congress…show more content…
Army Corps of Engineers, requested the federal government to fund New Orleans Levee remedial projects. Yet, Congress provided a negligibly small amount of funding. Admittedly, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was directly culpable for building an unreliable levee system, but it is President George. W. Bush and Congress’s fault that there was not enough funding for them to build the system. In the process of determining the annual budget, the president first proposes the budget according to recommendations from government agencies, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Then, the proposal is sent to Congress to make the final decision. Since the President and Congress work together to complete the budget, both President Bush and Congress cannot escape blame for making a bad decision to underfund the levee remedial projects. In this case, both the U.S. President and Congress violated rights ethics and utilitarianism. To prevent this kind of unethical decision-making from happening again, Congress should (1) adhere to rights ethics by considering suggestions besides the budget proposal (2) pertain to utilitarianism by employing specialists to calculate the pure financial outcomes. Long before the disaster in 2005, many signs herald that a flood was going to happen in New Orleans. In New Orleans history, several catastrophic hurricanes swept the land and caused floods to inundate the city.
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