“The residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast who are helping rebuild are heroes who believe in their communities and they are succeeding despite the fact that they have not always received the support they deserve from the federal government.”

That’s what Barack Obama said in a statement Friday. However, his stimulus package includes nothing for fixing the remaining damage from Hurricane Katrina.

The national economy is in the toilet, to be sure, but New Orleans, thanks to Katrina, has had it especially rough; the hurricane killed more than 1,600 people and caused $41 billion in property damage. This bill was a chance to provide some of the necessary funds to continue rebuilding the city and repairing the levees.

As Harry Shearer put it at HuffPost, “the chief failure of the past was the failure to adequately fund flood-prevention projects. . . . We appear well on the way to repeating those failures, words to the contrary notwithstanding.”