A Disaster of Cataclysmic Proportions
And they are not pleased with the President's response to the tragedy. Our first blogger says the President should let all the National Guard members, from the affected states, return from Iraq War duty. And she offers some advice:
This would be a good time to dig out some of that "compassionate conservatism" you campaigned on five years ago.How about it?
Our second blogger comes at much the same topic from a different direction. He analyzes a FEMA Press Release and says it's misleading, in terms of the "real" response level. And then goes on to criticize the President:
As Bush makes a big noise about leaving palm trees and lots of sun, going back to "monitor" events in the White House - why wasn't he back there two days ago when it became clear that this was going to be a monster storm? Was he hoping it would just go away? - the Federal Disaster system is, well, a disaster. This strikes at the heart of Bush the image versus Bush the reality. Bush scrambled to the top of a heap of dead bodies in the days after 911, saying that he was the guy to make America prepared again. It was the illusion that he was a go getter President that sustained him through the long months of failed economic programs, disasterous foreign policy choices, and direct lies to Congress and the American Public.
And, there is more. More bloggers who don't think the President handled this correctly.
Editor & Publisher is a respected organization. This blogger links to an E&P article that blasts the Administration for a lack of funding to "hurricane-proof" New Orleans.
...after 2003, the flow of federal dollars toward SELA (Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project) dropped to a trickle. The Corps never tried to hide the fact that the spending pressures of the war in Iraq, as well as homeland security -- coming at the same time as federal tax cuts -- was the reason for the strain. At least nine articles in the Times-Picayune from 2004 and 2005 specifically cite the cost of Iraq as a reason for the lack of hurricane- and flood-control dollars.
I know everybody has a right to speak their mind. But, doesn't it bother you that radical religious groups are saying New Orleans was hit because it's such a sinful city. And, did you know, that a satellite view of the storm looks very much like a human fetus?
Comments are open. Bring 'em on.
Here's another one that should prompt some comments. How much will the storm impact the U-S economy? Consider that a kind viewer already told us of $316/gal gas in Little Rock - then read the article. Here's how it begins:
Hurricane Katrina is likely to have only a modest impact on the U.S. economy as long as the hit to the energy sector proves transitory, White House economic adviser Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday
Oh, really! I hope he's right. But, somehow, it seems it could be much worse than that. Doesn't it?
UPDATE: Okay, maybe I'll back down on this one a bit. Just had a chat with Eric Britt, our Business Analyst for the 5:30 Report. Looking down the road (and that's tough to do right now), there WILL be a big boom in engineering jobs, construction jobs, etc. But, darn, it's tough to look that far down the road.