Hurricane Katrina’s victims have put a price tag on their suffering and it is staggering — including one plaintiff seeking the unlikely sum of $3 quadrillion.
A whopping $3,014,170,389,176,410 is the dollar figure so far sought from some of the largest claims filed against the federal government over damage from the failure of levees and flood walls following the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane.
Of roughly 489,000 total claims, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it has received 247 for at least $1 billion apiece, including the one for $3 quadrillion.
“That’s the mother of all high numbers,” said Loren Scott, a Baton Rouge-based economist.
For the sake of perspective: A mere $1 quadrillion would dwarf the U.S. gross domestic product, which Scott said was $13.2 trillion in 2007. A stack of one quadrillion pennies would reach Saturn.
Some residents may have grossly exaggerated their claims to send a message to the corps, which has accepted blame for poorly designing the failed levees.
“I understand the anger,” Scott said. “I also understand it’s a negotiating tactic: Aim high and negotiate down.”
I have a counter-offer for these ingrates: if this is the thanks we get from you people for hauling you out of your worthless Sodom of a bathtub by the beach, next time you get flooded we should knock out a couple dams upstream. Maybe when you’re suffering Biblical flooding, you’ll wish you’d been prayiing and building Arks instead of sinning and stealing from your fellow citizens.
I’m serious. These swine had decades to leave New Orleans. They chose to remain in a den of sin, living in sin. The federal government would’ve been well within its rights to let them pay the penalty for their iniquities after God smote them with Hurricane Katrina, but in his mercy, George Bush chose to rescue these worthless sinners. THAT was a mistake he won’t make twice, and neither will the next Republican President.