Sorry to break the news to you [bloggers], and your regular readers, but, it is not the responsibility of the President or the Federal government to manage catastrophes. It is first the responsibility of local authorities and private citizens; then, state and regional agencies; the rescuers of last resort are the Feds.
In this case, in New Orleans, Mayor Nagin said on Saturday he had an evacuation plan that was going to save everybody. Louisiana Governor Blanco said she was sure the state agencies were prepared for anything and the Feds should stand off until and if needed. The President went ahead and declared the region a disaster area even before H-Kat came ashore, while still a cat-4. It was the Feds who kept saying, "this is the big one, the Category 5 monster that will destroy everything in its path - get the hell out." Even now, eighteen-wheel trucks of rescue equipment aboard (each cargo worth $2.2 million) are still sitting at response centers because neither the Louisiana Governor nor New Orleans Mayor have made a formal request for them to be moved into the disaster zones as is required by law, a law and procedure of which President Bush reminded the Governor and Mayor days before the hurricane struck. In the same telephone call, President Bush pressed for an immediate manditory total evacuation of the city of New Orleans and surrounding parishes.
That 100K-300K people decided to stay, that citizens never prepared for the disaster they all knew would happen someday, that Mayor Nagin's plans were non-existent, that hundreds of school busses were left unused in the school yard, that uniformed police officers took part in the looting, is hardly the fault of the Federal government, nor the fault of the President even if the office was still held by that scum sucker, Bill Clinton.
Hurricanes cannot be legislated. Disasters happen and no one can know what will be presented the following morn. Sure, the liberal conmen and policy wonks will "Monday morning quarterback", but where were they when their unerring prescience was needed most? I'll tell you, they were in the wings watching, waiting, hoping things would go wrong, people would suffer, people would die so they could blame the President and the Republicans. Those not snickering to themselves are deep in thought as to how they can apply more ineffectual Federal oversite to an already bloated Liberal socialist government that "can't even brew a gallon of beer economically" (Gerald Ford.)
I live in earthquake country. The first thing aid agencies will tell people is to have food, water, clothing, medicines, toiletries, flashlights and batteries, blankets and shelter, and cash money to last five to six days minimum because that's how long it will take for organized help to arrive.
I'm sorry that people are suffering and many have died, but neither Republicans nor Democrats created this Category 5 Hurricane Katrina. Mother Nature did. So go ahead and blame whomever you wish. In the meantime, who is preparing for the next hurricane gathering in the Atlantic off the Florida coast as we sit and argue over New Orleans, a city that even 250 years ago, should never have existed? The Bush Administration, that's who.
For complete local coverage go the New Orleans The Times Picayune.
For an excellent post and review see Atlas Shrugs.
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