Please tell me, since the founding of our country, when has the federal government taken full responsibility for a natural disaster? The answer, until Katrina, is never. Every natural disaster that has hit the US, including Andrew in Florida, has been overcome by the people who live there, without the Federal government picking up the entire bill. The difference in Katrina is that the majority population affected was black. Therefore, it is our responsibility to take away any sense of personal accountability and pay for everything. In Florida and in California, all natural disasters were met with a local population that did not rely on the federal government to pay for everything. The residents realized that it was their responsibility to start over, and they did.Bush/McCain-style Republicans...
...WAITED ABOUT FOUR DAYS TO REACT TO HURRICANE KATRINA. On the day Katrina came ashore, Bush was sharing CAKE with John McCain at a FUNDRAISING EVENT (see the picture at http://www.newsweek.com/id/133551 )
While people were still clinging to rooftops, do you remember Bush saying,
...“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”?
... have spent OVER FIVE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS IN IRAQ, and accomplished very little (except killing thousands and generally make a huge mess with no end in sight). Oh, and Bin Laden was IN AFGHANISTAN and is apparently STILL RUNNING AROUND LOOSE. Spending BILLIONS and BILLIONS while allowing giant tax loopholes to the richest Americans and huge corporations has destroyed the value of the dollar, RAISING THE COST OF EVERYTHING.
...set up a system for TORTURING SUSPECTED TERRORISTS, then LIED and said that we don’t torture.
...FAILED to provide proper armor for tanks used by our service men and women in Iraq.
...MIS-MANAGED the Veterans’ Administration hospitals, providing substandard treatment to our soldiers. Veterans are being treated terribly by the Republicans. Please see: http://vetsforjustice.com/
Had enough? I hope you’ll vote for ANYONE BESIDES McCAIN, and contribute whatever you can to stop the Republicans. www.democrats.org www.barackobama.com
We have never spent so much money on a natural disaster, and we are continuing to pay for it. Please tell me why? I have no sympathy for the people, after many years, who have not found a job and who have not moved out of the government provided housing. It is not the public's responsibility to keep paying these people.
Two months after the hurricane, I volunteered my time to conduct environmental reviews in NO for a few weeks. You could not travel anywhere in the city without seeing "Help Wanted" signs. The signs were everywhere. But, there was no one applying for the jobs. At the same time, there were many areas that I could not travel without the police or National Guard members because the volunteers were being robbed. Do you see the difference?
The city was in desperate need of workers, but the local population left town to live off of their FEMA checks. How on God's green earth can you have sympathy for the people who refused to work (paying jobs) and rebuild their city. The same people are still living off the FEMA checks.
There was a time in this country when you didn't work, you didn't eat. We need to return to those times. The only people that should receive any public assistance are the elderly and the physically disabled. Anyone who doesn't meet this criteria and receives a check from the government will never receive my sympathy or respect.