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What a mess. This is what happens when you combine racism, poor planning, and republican cheese paring with the fury of nature.

Racism: Evacuation "methods" favored those who had money, and gave no option to those who were poorest, without cars or cash. These people are predominantly black, and by many southern politicos not even considered in planning. The order was given to get out. No method was provided. If you had the cash, you got out.

Poor Planning: not planning stores of food and supplies on higher ground. Not making sure that police had backup communications. Not planning for quick response on levee breaches.

Republican cheese paring: Not allocating adequate funds for FEMA. Folding FEMA into Homeland Security (the american stasi), which is obsessed with terrorism, and doesn't consider natural disasters part of its mission. Not allocating adequate funds for maintenance and upgrade of levees and dykes around the city. "Trimming" welfare rolls so that the poor got poorer.

The fury of nature: A Category 5 hurricane. These are a risk on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It's only just now September, and we're already up to "K". There will be more.

I hope the next one that has to hit somewhere hits Washington, DC, with fucking Congress in session. After all, DC is on "land" essentially reclaimed from a swamp.

Maybe then those assholes will understand that you don't neglect infrastructure to go play soldier overseas. Taxes should go to infrastructure maintenance and improvement first, not as an afterthought expense to "blame" on the opposition party as "pork".

The day's STFU award goes to Sen Representative Hastert of Illinois, saying that New Orleans "shouldn't be rebuilt", that people who live in hurricane, flood or earthquake area deserve what they get, and shouldn't live there. Subsidiary STFU awards go to those who agree. I've never lived anywhere where one for or another of natural disaster didn't loom in the wings. Tornados, floods, blizzards, fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, et al. are part and parcel of life on this planet.



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Sep. 1st, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. A Senator actually said that? WTF is up with that?!? I thought Senators had to be somewhat intelligent.
Sep. 1st, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
A representative (house of representatives). My error. Still a congressman.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
WTF? He is from Illinois. I have lived in Illinois. Illinois is tornado alley and therefore, using his logic, should be evacuated immediately. Hell, most of that state is considered a flood plain! Check the old maps.

See my post on the same subject. Gma is doing OK as long as I can keep her on the good headache drugs. LOL Bill maky be headed back again but we hope we can manage to get him settled down again. I have everything crossed and sending prayers up too. I keep banging the bad knee again and man oh man does that hurt. Thank the stars Mama and I have doctor appointments tomorrow afternoon. Bill's nurse sees him in the morning. I am getting tired of this merrygoround. All of this drama type illness and injury does NOT fit into the schedule and I want to go to the beach with Bill on the tenth. LOL Hugs to you ravan.
Sep. 6th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC)
You don't neglect infrastructure to go play soldier...
This is the most appropriate, pithy remark I've heard about the whole thing. If each person in power would think of the nation, or state, or city, as a !home!, as our home, they wouldn't neglect the plumbing or the broken stairs to go play soldier anywhere.
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