Bush administration in 5 years has spent more money on levees than Clinton admin in 8.
Mary Landreaux--what bill did she eversponsor in Congress to work on levees?
Mayor of New Orleans is spending his time claiming he is "not a drug addict" and watching the "Angel of Death" fly around New Orleans. What about those busses, Mayor?
Governor of New Orleans turned down both Federal help and relief from Red Cross in the early going because she felt she had things in control.
Evacuation plan not followed.
Looting (black white or otherwise) broke out the day after the storm. . .almost as quickly as the Dems began wailing that the storm was Bush's fault.
Over time there will be evidence,for anyone who cares to listen, that the primary problems were LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL. If the Federal effort was flawed--entirely possible--these flaws were hugely exacerbated by the indescribable buffoonery and downright despicable actions of the Mayor and Governor.
If the Feds came rolling in and just pushed these idiots aside right at the beginning there would have been howls that Bush was acting like a dictator, yada, yada, yada.
But of course Sean Penn, Jesse Jackson, and Geraldo Riveria and the usual democrat political chattering skulls are to be believed without question.
"Governor of New Orleans turned down both Federal help and relief from Red Cross in the early going because she felt she had things in control.
Evacuation plan not followed."
You did read about fema's (in)action until after the storm hit, didn't you? As for the evacuation plan, just what are the details in that plan that provided transportation for the people who didn't have their own, before the hurrican hit, not after the damage was done? That it was their own fault they were too poor to have their own is another issue.
"...these flaws were hugely exacerbated by the indescribable buffoonery and downright despicable actions of the Mayor and Governor."
Were the flaws themselves huge to begin with, and you just brush them aside to lay the blame on those liberal lefties? "If the Federal effort was flawed--entirely possible." Oh, excuse me, i must've missed that. Thus if there were no flaws there were no flaws to hugely exacerbate, and if there were flaws, hell, it was the democrats who made them worse than they were.
"...the primary problems were LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL." Just who was responsible for the current status of the levees, the level 3 capable status i think it was PK who noted?
What i do find hilarious is how you all try to place the blame on the other side, no matter which side you're on, and accept no accountability for your own. Stupid is as stupid does, faw'est.
You know something, that thing i posted, i didn't read past the first paragraph myself. I'm not interested enough to read after the fact things that focus on someone else's inabilities. I know there's plenty enough blame to go around for all. Just wanted to see the reactions here. They were as expected.
Is FEMA a giant firehouse in some desert area--in Utah or Nevada perhaps--where thousands of workers are cooking dinner for eachother waiting for the alarm to ring? And of course they have thousands of vehicles and endless supplies at the ready?
FEMAs response to any emergency will be affected for the better or worse by the immediate state and local response--or lack of. Put another way, how many times already have you heard calls for the resignation of the head of FEMA, while the Mayor and Governor have gotten a pass?
My point in my previous note is not to absolve Federal response--beaurocracy generally sucks at any level--but the hope is it can be quicker or at least planned effeciently at the local level. Nevertheless, I got a whiplash from the breakneck speed many democrat politicians, and groups like MoveOn.Org, so on and so on, heaped scorn and blame on Bush--accused him of racism, murder, you name it.
This is the wrong place and a waste of time to go through the decades long failure of Democrat programs that should have eliminated the low economic condition of the very people at risk in this whole situation. If racism is in play here is has more to do with Democrats continually telling blacks in particular that they have to stay under the protection of the Democrat party, that new ideas are bad, that Republicans are evil and not to be trusted.
Funny, I usually vote Republican and yet I have made donations to two organizations for Katrina relief. My six year old son helped out in a lemonade stand that raised $505.00. According to stereotype, I should be high-fiveing other Republican leaning people every time a new image of the disaster reaches the television or the internet--particularly if it depicts death or suffering of blacks.
To blithely say both (political) sides are yammering in roughly equal amounts is a pathetically poor summation of the situation. FEMA under a Republican administration, may or may not have been able to do better and faster, but I have no doubt that Democrats were strategizing political gain while the winds were still whipping down Burbon Street--and probably before. Such is the hatred for George Bush by the Democrat elite.
No No No Rivvir...that is it exactly THERE WAS A PLAN to evacuate the poorest of the poor. IT WASN'T EXECUTED. I don't know how to say it any clearer. THE WRITTEN PLAN WAS TO USE SCHOOL BUSES, but the MAYOR DIDN'T FOLLOW THE PLAN. Got it? So the mayor, a black man, was guilty of racist neglect of the poor blacks of New Orleans...go figure...oh you mean it wasn't racist? Better tell your congressmen/women, because they're bloviating all over the place with reckless charges.
But I will say that this FEMA guy hasn't exactly won rave reviews either. I wouldn't mind his resignation over this. He's a lawyer, not an administrator.
I think there was fault on all sides of the aisle, and at all levels of government. But to focus on Bush exclusively is really pretty crass even for the New York Times.
<<You did read about fema's (in)action until after the storm hit, didn't you? As for the evacuation plan, just what are the details in that plan that provided transportation for the people who didn't have their own, before the hurrican hit, not after the damage was done? That it was their own fault they were too poor to have their own is another issue.>>