Argument: Building and maintaining levees in New Orleans is costly
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- Debate: Rebuilding New Orleans - con argument.
Joel K. Bourne, Jr. "New Orleans: A Perilous Future". National Geographic. August 2007 - "FROM ITS INCEPTION, the project was beset with technical problems, litigation, and political tinkering. What was supposed to be built in 13 years for 85 million dollars became a never ending 740-million-dollar project that was still ten years from completion when Katrina hit. The Government Accountability Office—the watchdog of Congress—had a field day, regularly criticizing the corps for cost overruns and delays."