The Hurricane Katrina Blame
By Mark Neckameyer
September 12, 2005
The Mayor of New Orleans
has changed his mind again and now thinks that the U.S. Government
response to Katrina devastation was slow because so many affected
citizens there are African American. This sounds ridiculous
but makes sense given the Mayor's political predicament.
If he can't blame somebody else, he may be blamed by his constituents
for any screw ups. As it seems to be developing, if the
actual New Orleans death toll is really 99% less than forecast,
perhaps everyone involved, Local, State and Federal officials
did a pretty good job warning and rescuing hurricane victims.
Jason van Steenwyk, a Florida Army National Guardsman who has
been called up six times in the past couple of years in Florida hurricane
relief emergencies yesterday was quoted as saying, "The
federal government pretty much met its standard time lines, but
the volume of support provided during the 72-96 hour was unprecedented.
The federal response here was faster than Hugo, faster than Andrew,
faster than Iniki, faster than Francine and Jeanne. For
instance, it took five days for National Guard troops to arrive
in strength on the scene in Homestead, Fla. after Hurricane Andrew
hit in 2002. But after Katrina, there was a significant National
Guard presence in the afflicted region in three days."
The ultra left wing movie stars, rockers and rappers making wild
accusations about President Bush on television, not surprisingly
could use a civics lesson on what are the duties of different
divisions of government; Only Congress can allocate funds to
a disaster area, not the President. George Bush cannot
call out the National Guard either. Only the State Governors
can do that. Here in earthquake threatened California we
constantly are being told, "In a disaster your government
may not be there right away to help so prepare yourself to survive. Be
sure to have water, food, family escape and communication plans,
etc" It took three days to get major help to New
Orleans. This sounds "right on" to me!
Look how much was accomplished on the first week after the hurricane'
More than 32,000 people were
rescued, many plucked from rooftops by Coast Guard helicopters.
The Army Corps of Engineers
has all but repaired the breaches and begun pumping water out
of New Orleans.
Shelter, food and medical care
have been provided to more than 280,000 refugees.
President Bush is on the ground
today in New Orleans. Counting his flyover the second day
of the tragedy, this is his fourth trip to the region.
All in all the President, the National Guard, FEMA and maybe
even the Mayor of New Orleans did one Hell of a great job helping
and saving citizens from the flood. Isn't it time to stop
the silly blame game?
Irvine, CA - USA
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