Thursday, September 08, 2005

Democrats Demand Answers.

The Associated Press is reporting that the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate are demanding answers for the Bush administration’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina.

As GOP congressional leaders met in private to plan their next step, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are calling for a wide-ranging investigation into the administrations handling of the crisis. Senator Reid said the investigation should ask, “How much time did the president spend dealing with the emerging crisis while he was on vacation?” Reid also asked if Bush’s month-long vacation had any effect on the federal government’s response.

At the new conferences Pelosi chastised FEMA Director Michael Brown, saying Bush’s choice to head the agency had “absolutely no credentials”. Pelosi went on to discuss a conversation she had with the president, when she urged him to fire Brown.

“He said ‘Why would I do that?’” Pelosi said she responded by saying “I said, ‘because of all that went wrong, of all that didn’t go right last week.’ And he said ‘What didn’t go right?’” Pelosi added that Bush was “Oblivious, in denial, dangerous.”

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Blogger MiamiMiami said...

The people are demanding answers of the Democrats who are in charge of Louisisana and New Orleans. With all of the money in taxes and grants collected so far where did it all go?
Everyone and the mother knows the amount of corruption in New Orleans and Louisiana. Where are the answers there?

How does the Mayor not evacuate people out of New Orleans when he damn well had the ability and the authority to do so?

How is it that he sends all of these people to the Superdome without providing the water and food necessary?

People of ALL political and non political ideologies want answers as well.

6:28 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Here's an interesting story.....


Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005 11:52 p.m. EDT
Gov. Kathleen Blanco's Bureaucrats Blocked Food and Water

The Red Cross was reportedly ready to deliver food, water and other supplies to flood-ravaged refugees who were sweltering inside New Orleans' Superdome last week - but the relief was blocked by bureaucrats who worked for Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco.


Fox News Channel's Major Garrett reported Wednesday that the Red Cross had "trucks with water, food, hygiene equipment, all sorts of things ready to go ... to the Superdome and Convention Center."

But the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security, Garrett said, "told them they could not go."
"The Red Cross tells me that Louisiana's Department of Homeland Security said, 'Look, we do not want to create a magnet for more people to come to the Superdome or Convention Center, we want to get them out,'" he explained.

"So at the same time local officials were screaming where is the food, where is the water, the Red Cross was standing by ready [and] the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security said you can't go."

6:35 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

I would like to know why Nagin couldn't use school buses. I would like the answer to that question...



Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005 11:38 a.m. EDT
Ray Nagin: School Buses Not Good Enough

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin garnered a ton of publicity with a profanity-laced interview he gave to WWL radio last Thursday, where he blasted President Bush and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco for not coming to rescue his city in time.


However, Nagin's most newsworthy comments - where he explained why he didn't use hundreds of city school buses to evacuate his city's flood victims - went almost unnoticed.

Turns out, Nagin turned his nose up at the yellow buses, demanding more comfortable Greyhound coaches instead.
"I need 500 buses, man," he told WWL. "One of the briefings we had they were talking about getting, you know, public school bus drivers to come down here and bus people out of here."

Nagin described his response:

"I'm like - you've got to be kidding me. This is a natural disaster. Get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans."

While Nagin was waiting for his Greyhound fleet, Katrina's floodwaters swamped his school buses, rendering them unusable.

6:41 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Here's another answer I would like. Why are we not looking at the efforts of the Sierra Club that played a role in this disaster?


September 08, 2005, 8:24 a.m.
Greens vs. Levees
Destructive river-management philosophy.

By John Berlau

With all that has happened in the state, it’s understandable that the Louisiana chapter of the Sierra Club may not have updated its website. But when its members get around to it, they may want to change the wording of one item in particular. The site brags that the group is “working to keep the Atchafalaya Basin,” which adjoins the Mississippi River not far from New Orleans, “wet and wild.”




These words may seem especially inappropriate after the breaking of the levee that caused the tragic events in New Orleans last week. But “wet and wild” has a larger significance in light of those events, and so does the group using the phrase. The national Sierra Club was one of several environmental groups who sued the Army Corps of Engineers to stop a 1996 plan to raise and fortify Mississippi River levees.

The Army Corps was planning to upgrade 303 miles of levees along the river in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. This was needed, a Corps spokesman told the Baton Rouge, La., newspaper The Advocate, because “a failure could wreak catastrophic consequences on Louisiana and Mississippi which the states would be decades in overcoming, if they overcame them at all.”

But a suit filed by environmental groups at the U.S. District Court in New Orleans claimed the Corps had not looked at “the impact on bottomland hardwood wetlands.” The lawsuit stated, “Bottomland hardwood forests must be protected and restored if the Louisiana black bear is to survive as a species, and if we are to ensure continued support for source population of all birds breeding in the lower Mississippi River valley.” In addition to the Sierra Club, other parties to the suit were the group American Rivers, the Mississippi River Basin Alliance, and the Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi Wildlife Federations.

The lawsuit was settled in 1997 with the Corps agreeing to hold off on some work while doing an additional two-year environmental impact study. Whether this delay directly affected the levees that broke in New Orleans is difficult to ascertain.

But it is just one illustration of a destructive river-management philosophy that took hold in the ‘90s, influenced the Clinton administration, and had serious policy consequences. Put simply, it’s impossible to understand the delays in building levees without being aware of the opposition of the environmental groups to dams, levees, and anything that interfered with the “natural” river flow. The group American Rivers, which leads coalitions of eco-groups on river policy, has for years actually called its campaign, “Rivers Unplugged.”

Over the past few years, levees came to occupy the same status for environmental groups as roads in forests — an artificial barrier to nature. They frequently campaigned against levees being built and shored up on the nation’s rivers, including on the Mississippi.

In 2000, American Rivers’ Mississippi River Regional Representative Jeffrey Stein complained in a congressional hearing that the river’s “levees that temporarily protect floodplain farms have reduced the frequency, extent and magnitude of high flows, robbing the river of its ability … to sustain itself.” Similarly, the National Audubon Society, referring specifically to Louisiana, has this statement slamming levees on its website, “Levees have cut off freshwater flows, harming fishing and creating salt water intrusion.” The left-leaning Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, in describing a grant it gave to Environmental Defense, blasted “the numerous levees and canals built on the lower Mississippi River” because “such structures disrupt the natural flows of the Mississippi River’s sediments.”

Some went beyond opposition to building or repairing levees. At an Army Corps of Engineers meeting concerning the Mississippi River in 2002, Audubon official Dan McGuiness even recommended “looking at opportunities to lower or remove levees [emphasis added]” from the river.

The groups argued that the “natural” way would lead to better river management, but it was clear they had other agendas in mind besides flood control. They were concerned because levees were allegedly threatening their beloved exotic animals and plants. In his testimony, American Rivers’s Stein noted that the Mississippi River was home to “double-crested cormorant, rare orchids, and many other species,” which he implied were put at risk by man-made levees.

So far the environmental movement’s role in the events leading to the flooding has been little discussed. One exception is former Rep. Bob Livingston (R., La.), who told Fox News on Saturday that environmentalists were one of the major reasons levee projects were held up.

At this point, there are still questions about the particular levees that broke in New Orleans. Care should be taken about drawing direct conclusions about the causes until there are more facts. But there are some important points that are clear that should put in perspective about levee funding and flood control.

Nearly all flood-control projects — even relatively small ones — are subject to a variety of assessments for effects on wetlands, endangered species, and other environmental concerns. These reviews can be costly and delay projects by years. In the ‘90s, for instance, the Clinton administration’s Environmental Protection Agency required a comprehensive environmental impact statement just to repair a few Colorado River levees that had been destroyed in the floods of 1993.

The Clinton administration would frequently side with environmentalists on flood-control projects, even against local Democrats. The Army Corps of Engineers under Clinton began implementing a planned “spring rise” of the Missouri River that would raise water levels on the Missouri River during part of the year. This was supported by eco-groups, who argued that this restored the river’s natural flows and protected a bird called the piping plover. But farm groups and others said that combined with the ice melting from winter, the project could increase the risk of flooding in river communities and affect more than 1 million acres of productive farmland. Nearly all the Republicans and Democrats in Missouri’s congressional delegation opposed the plan, as did Missouri’s late Democratic governor, Mel Carnahan. But the Clinton administration refused to budge, and this was a major factor in Bush’s carrying of Missouri in 2000.

The Bush administration’s flood-control efforts were often relentlessly opposed by environmental groups, and this opposition was frequently echoed by liberal activists and in the press. Bush kept his promise, and his appointees at the Corps of Engineers have stopped the “spring rise” plan that concerned so many about flooding. Environmentalists launched a barrage of criticism and a series of lawsuits. This was also the case with Bush’s moves to stop the Clinton administration’s plans to breach the dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the northwest. Even though the dams greatly help to control flooding in the region, American Rivers blasted the administration for failing to do enough to save the sockeye salmon native to the region.

Ironically, among those criticizing Bush for his actions to prevent flooding of the Missouri River was the ever-present anti-Bush environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. He chastised Bush in 2004 for “managing the flow of the Missouri River.” If, before Katrina, Bush had proceeded full-speed ahead and fortified the levees of the Mississippi for a Category 5 hurricane, Kennedy and others of his ilk would very likely have criticized Bush for trying to manage the natural flow of the Mississippi. And it’s a good bet that many of the lefty bloggers now critical of Bush for not reinforcing the levees would have cited Bush’s levee fortification as another way he was despoiling the natural environment.

6:46 PM  
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7:01 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Here's another answer I would like to hear. How come Nagin didn't act quicker when the National Weather Service issued a very clear and descriptive warning of how bad this hurricane was going to be. Here is the actual report from the service...


http://schnittshow.com
/timages/page/
SchMemo20050907.jpg

Sorry I apologize for not knowing how to link it but if you cut and paste to your browser's address bar you will see it for yourself.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Alva Goldbook said...

Miami,
people are overwhelmingly demanding answers from the Federal government, not the locals. But, as ALWAYS, you amoral sorry son of bitches will blame everyone before you blame Bush. It is as if you love Bush more than you love your country.

What money? It was the BUSH administration that CUT the funding for the levees by 80%.

The Mayor DID evaculate the people out of New Orleans. 75% or more of the people left BEFORE THE STORM HIT.

Under the evacuation plan, the Superdome was set up as the excape plan of last resort. After WWII we were able to air drop tons and tons of supplies into Berlin, with the Russians looking to take our operations down. Why not the same WITHIN OUT OWN BORDERS?

This is the worse natural disaster in our nation's history (another first for this administration) and he didn't even bother to get off of vacation for TWO DAYS. Condi Rice was busy ignoring aid offers as wide as from Israel to Sri Lanka because she was too busy shopping for SHOES.
dick cheney was too busy buying fansy real estates to get off his heartless ass to do anything.

They WANTED New Orleans gone so Halliburton could get more of YOUR TAX DOLLARS to rebuild a Disneyland version of one of the world's most treasured cities. And you have the audacity to lay the blame ANYWHERE but this criminal heartless son of a bitch squatting in the White House?

Nixon at least had the dignity to resign for his criminal behavior. Will Bush?

And there you are watching Bush..oops Fox news. If you believe their tripe, then I have a bridge to sell you.

And what about the school buses? Who's going to drive them? The school bus drivers had already been evacuated from the city. How are you going to fuel the school buses? With pennies from heaven? Where are the school buses going to go? How are you going to get scared frightened people organized enough to board them? How many people would have gotten out of the city if all these questions were answered? You'd be lucky to get a few thousand at best.
Secondly, school busses are designed to hold CHILDREN, with no luggage, or supplies. They city LOWER TO THE GROUND than Greyhound busses, making them pretty much USELESS.

I have had several issues with the army corps of engineers because in many places around the country they are inept. However, their funding was cut by 80%. what the hell else were they to do?

Those environmental groups, if they had been listened to, might have SAVED new orleans. Due to coastal building (which Bush had ramrodded down along many of our coasts) erosion had resulted in a loss of land mass. South of New Orleans they are losing about 20 feet a year. Had the outlet of the river been properly enginnered, and coastal building BANNED (as the environmentalists have been screaming about) the setiment from the river would BUILD UP the coast line, creating WETLANDS. For port and coastal cities, the best natural defense against a hurricane is WETLANDS, as it is the best defense against storm surges. In other words, those 30 feet walls of water could have been just 5 or 10 feet, making the city still largely habitable. Instead people are drowning with water up to their neck in their attics, in water that is so polluted with oil, lead, and bacteria that it will take them years to rebuild.

11:29 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Miami,
people are overwhelmingly demanding answers from the Federal government, not the locals. But, as ALWAYS, you amoral sorry son of bitches will blame everyone before you blame Bush. It is as if you love Bush more than you love your country.
=====>As always as a good leftist you expect ALL of your life's problems solved with the federal government when it is clear that the first to receive the hard question should be the local government. Or maybe it's because if you can somehow divert that blame to the federal level you can somehow make the connection to Bush. Your attempts are so transparent to everyone.

What money? It was the BUSH administration that CUT the funding for the levees by 80%.
=====>And that alone would not have solved the problem. To make that a focus of this tragedy is so retarded that defies sensability. Let's imagine that those funds were given 150% over what was asked for. Those improvements wouldn't have been competed for YEARS. Those levees would have failed regardless of who was president and who was funded for what. But let's not address the years that the enviromentalists who have sued and tried everything in their power to cut the Army corps of Engineers budget. No let's blame Bush because it makes the left in this country "feel" better.

The Mayor DID evaculate the people out of New Orleans. 75% or more of the people left BEFORE THE STORM HIT.
=======>To where? The Superdome? Why didn't he use those now drowned school buses to get MORE people out?

Under the evacuation plan, the Superdome was set up as the excape plan of last resort. After WWII we were able to air drop tons and tons of supplies into Berlin, with the Russians looking to take our operations down. Why not the same WITHIN OUT OWN BORDERS?
========>Because the superdome was flooded all around. Secondly it is up to the LOCAL government to start that process. It is part of the plan. But why didn't they have that setup already prior to the event. If the Mayor truly did EVERYTHING possilble why didn't they have that setup already, before the hurricane. HERE'S A TIP: WE DO IT ALL THE TIME EVERY YEAR HERE IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE MAYORS HAVE BEEN CONSISTANTLY NON-REPUBLICAN!


This is the worse natural disaster in our nation's history (another first for this administration) and he didn't even bother to get off of vacation for TWO DAYS. Condi Rice was busy ignoring aid offers as wide as from Israel to Sri Lanka because she was too busy shopping for SHOES.

======>This is me with my whyiny face saying...."You have posted this before, where's your proof?" Duplicious duplicius duplicious!

dick cheney was too busy buying fansy real estates to get off his heartless ass to do anything.
=====>And the MAyor was too busy running for cover as well. Guess what? The guy who had the initial and primary responsability, the actual Captain of the ship, was the first to bail! But wait I forgot he's a Black Democrat and to actually lay blame on him would make me a racist and derail the whole Bush hates black people thing you lefties got going on now wouldn't it.

They WANTED New Orleans gone so Halliburton could get more of YOUR TAX DOLLARS to rebuild a Disneyland version of one of the world's most treasured cities. And you have the audacity to lay the blame ANYWHERE but this criminal heartless son of a bitch squatting in the White House?

======>HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.........(PICKING MYSELF UP OFF OF THE FLOOR AND PREVENTING MYSELF FRM CHOKING ON MY OWN SALIVA).....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Alva, tell me that you didn't just write that. Tell me that you were suddenly possessed by the ghost of Abi Hoffman when you wrote that piece of crap. Please, although we do disagree I do tend to think that you have some level of intelligence. It would literally take me years to respond to that but I simply don't have the time to. It's too ridiculous to even acknowledge.

Nixon at least had the dignity to resign for his criminal behavior. Will Bush?
======>Nixon got caught lying like Clinton did and resigned because he didn't want the country to see a president impeached whereas Clinton had no dignity and decided to have his dirty laundry aired out in public and embarass his wife and daughter.

And there you are watching Bush..oops Fox news. If you believe their tripe, then I have a bridge to sell you.
=====>Yeah. I mean why believe them....moron.

And what about the school buses? Who's going to drive them? The school bus drivers had already been evacuated from the city. How are you going to fuel the school buses? With pennies from heaven? Where are the school buses going to go? How are you going to get scared frightened people organized enough to board them? How many people would have gotten out of the city if all these questions were answered? You'd be lucky to get a few thousand at best.
Secondly, school busses are designed to hold CHILDREN, with no luggage, or supplies. They city LOWER TO THE GROUND than Greyhound busses, making them pretty much USELESS.
======>No they would drive fine. The mayor just didn't think that far in advance. Even if the school busses could hold half their capacity it would have been better. even if it were a few thousand it would have still been better. Nice try but it's hard to rationalize irrational behavior.

I have had several issues with the army corps of engineers because in many places around the country they are inept. However, their funding was cut by 80%. what the hell else were they to do?
======>And let's not blame the enviromentalists for this either!


Those environmental groups, if they had been listened to, might have SAVED new orleans. Due to coastal building (which Bush had ramrodded down along many of our coasts) erosion had resulted in a loss of land mass. South of New Orleans they are losing about 20 feet a year. Had the outlet of the river been properly enginnered, and coastal building BANNED (as the environmentalists have been screaming about) the setiment from the river would BUILD UP the coast line, creating WETLANDS. For port and coastal cities, the best natural defense against a hurricane is WETLANDS, as it is the best defense against storm surges. In other words, those 30 feet walls of water could have been just 5 or 10 feet, making the city still largely habitable. Instead people are drowning with water up to their neck in their attics, in water that is so polluted with oil, lead, and bacteria that it will take them years to rebuild.


======>I hate to tell you this but living so close to the everglades here in South Florida if it weren't for the work of the corps of engineers draining the everglades from time to time against the wishes of the enviromentalists we probably would suffered the same fate.

7:06 AM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Great article that really sums up what really happened in New Orleans and the ultimate proof of that the welfare state create there was the ultimate reason why things fell apart so quickly......
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An Unnatural Disaster: A Hurricane Exposes the Man-Made Disaster of the Welfare State
by Robert Tracinski

It took four long days for state and federal officials to figure out how to deal with the disaster in New Orleans. I can't blame them, because it also took me four long days to figure out what was going on there. The reason is that the events there make no sense if you think that we are confronting a natural disaster.

If this is just a natural disaster, the response for public officials is obvious: you bring in food, water, and doctors; you send transportation to evacuate refugees to temporary shelters; you send engineers to stop the flooding and rebuild the city's infrastructure. For journalists, natural disasters also have a familiar pattern: the heroism of ordinary people pulling together to survive; the hard work and dedication of doctors, nurses, and rescue workers; the steps being taken to clean up and rebuild.

Public officials did not expect that the first thing they would have to do is to send thousands of armed troops in armored vehicle, as if they are suppressing an enemy insurgency. And journalists—myself included—did not expect that the story would not be about rain, wind, and flooding, but about rape, murder, and looting.

But this is not a natural disaster. It is a man-made disaster.

The man-made disaster is not an inadequate or incompetent response by federal relief agencies, and it was not directly caused by Hurricane Katrina. This is where just about every newspaper and television channel has gotten the story wrong.

The man-made disaster we are now witnessing in New Orleans did not happen over four days last week. It happened over the past four decades. Hurricane Katrina merely exposed it to public view.

The man-made disaster is the welfare state.

For the past few days, I have found the news from New Orleans to be confusing. People were not behaving as you would expect them to behave in an emergency—indeed, they were not behaving as they have behaved in other emergencies. That is what has shocked so many people: they have been saying that this is not what we expect from America. In fact, it is not even what we expect from a Third World country.

When confronted with a disaster, people usually rise to the occasion. They work together to rescue people in danger, and they spontaneously organize to keep order and solve problems. This is especially true in America. We are an enterprising people, used to relying on our own initiative rather than waiting around for the government to take care of us. I have seen this a hundred times, in small examples (a small town whose main traffic light had gone out, causing ordinary citizens to get out of their cars and serve as impromptu traffic cops, directing cars through the intersection) and large ones (the spontaneous response of New Yorkers to September 11).

So what explains the chaos in New Orleans?

To give you an idea of the magnitude of what is going on, here is a description from a Washington Times story: "Storm victims are raped and beaten; fights erupt with flying fists, knives and guns; fires are breaking out; corpses litter the streets; and police and rescue helicopters are repeatedly fired on.

"The plea from Mayor C. Ray Nagin came even as National Guardsmen poured in to restore order and stop the looting, carjackings and gunfire....

"Last night, Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said 300 Iraq-hardened Arkansas National Guard members were inside New Orleans with shoot-to-kill orders.

" 'These troops are...under my orders to restore order in the streets,' she said. 'They have M-16s, and they are locked and loaded. These troops know how to shoot and kill and they are more than willing to do so if necessary and I expect they will.' "

The reference to Iraq is eerie. The photo that accompanies this article shows a SWAT team with rifles and armored vests riding on an armored vehicle through trash-strewn streets lined by a rabble of squalid, listless people, one of whom appears to be yelling at them. It looks exactly like a scene from Sadr City in Baghdad.

What explains bands of thugs using a natural disaster as an excuse for an orgy of looting, armed robbery, and rape? What causes unruly mobs to storm the very buses that have arrived to evacuate them, causing the drivers to speed away, frightened for their lives? What causes people to attack the doctors trying to treat patients at the Superdome?

Why are people responding to natural destruction by causing further destruction? Why are they attacking the people who are trying to help them?

My wife, Sherri, figured it out first, and she figured it out on a sense-of-life level. While watching the coverage one night on Fox News Channel, she told me that she was getting a familiar feeling. She studied architecture at the Illinois Institute of Chicago, which is located in the South Side of Chicago just blocks away from the Robert Taylor Homes, one of the largest high-rise public housing projects in America. "The projects," as they were known, were infamous for uncontrollable crime and irremediable squalor. (They have since, mercifully, been demolished.)

What Sherri was getting from last night's television coverage was a whiff of the sense of life of "the projects." Then the "crawl"—the informational phrases flashed at the bottom of the screen on most news channels—gave some vital statistics to confirm this sense: 75% of the residents of New Orleans had already evacuated before the hurricane, and of those who remained, a large number were from the city's public housing projects. Jack Wakeland then told me that early reports from CNN and Fox indicated that the city had no plan for evacuating all of the prisoners in the city's jails—so they just let many of them loose. [Update: I have been searching for news reports on this last story, but I have not been able to confirm it. Instead, I have found numerous reports about the collapse of the corrupt and incompetent New Orleans Police Department.]

There is no doubt a significant overlap between these two populations--that is, a large number of people in the jails used to live in the housing projects, and vice versa.

There were many decent, innocent people trapped in New Orleans when the deluge hit—but they were trapped alongside large numbers of people from two groups: criminals—and wards of the welfare state, people selected, over decades, for their lack of initiative and self-induced helplessness. The welfare wards were a mass of sheep—on whom the incompetent administration of New Orleans unleashed a pack of wolves.

All of this is related, incidentally, to the incompetence of the city government, which failed to plan for a total evacuation of the city, despite the knowledge that this might be necessary. In a city corrupted by the welfare state, the job of city officials is to ensure the flow of handouts to welfare recipients and patronage to political supporters—not to ensure a lawful, orderly evacuation in case of emergency.

No one has really reported this story, as far as I can tell. In fact, some are already actively distorting it, blaming President Bush, for example, for failing to personally ensure that the Mayor of New Orleans had drafted an adequate evacuation plan. The worst example is an execrable piece from the Toronto Globe and Mail, by a supercilious Canadian who blames the chaos on American "individualism." But the truth is precisely the opposite: the chaos was caused by a system that was the exact opposite of individualism.

What Hurricane Katrina exposed was the psychological consequences of the welfare state. What we consider "normal" behavior in an emergency is behavior that is normal for people who have values and take the responsibility to pursue and protect them. People with values respond to a disaster by fighting against it and doing whatever it takes to overcome the difficulties they face. They don't sit around and complain that the government hasn't taken care of them. And they don't use the chaos of a disaster as an opportunity to prey on their fellow men.

But what about criminals and welfare parasites? Do they worry about saving their houses and property? They don't, because they don't own anything. Do they worry about what is going to happen to their businesses or how they are going to make a living? They never worried about those things before. Do they worry about crime and looting? But living off of stolen wealth is a way of life for them.

People living in piles of their own trash, while petulantly complaining that other people aren't doing enough to take care of them and then shooting at those who come to rescue them—this is not just a description of the chaos at the Superdome. It is a perfect summary of the 40-year history of the welfare state and its public housing projects.

The welfare state—and the brutish, uncivilized mentality it sustains and encourages—is the man-made disaster that explains the moral ugliness that has swamped New Orleans. And that is the story that no one is reporting.

Source: TIA Daily -- September 2, 2005

7:22 AM  
Anonymous charmaine said...

"A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait."
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe-

I believe I have an idea of what a portrait of miamimiami must look like.

8:22 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

charmaine said...
"A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait."
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe-

I believe I have an idea of what a portrait of miamimiami must look like.


=====>I think that what scares you is that I have exposed you for what you are a long time ago. Besides you couldn't handle how good-looking I am anyways darling....

10:32 PM  

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