Gravity is a fundamental law of nature. It makes rivers flow to the sea. If the natural flow is blocked, there are consequences. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blocked about 40 percent of the Mississippi River’s peak flow to the Gulf at Morgan City in 1964. The delayed consequences today are unnatural floods on the Lower Mississippi.
Making a bigger pie
Bad things often happen when politicians direct capital. A recent lead editorial in The Wall Street Journal provided some examples. One was some of the highest electric rates in the country. That sounds like Mississippi Power’s monopoly service area in southeast Mississippi. But the WSJ editorial was about California’s PG&E utility.
On January 15, 2016, the Mississippi River at Vicksburg reached 50 feet — seven feet above flood stage. It was the highest January crest since 1879 when Congress put the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) in charge of flood control. A freak January flood.