Monday, August 28, 2006

One Year Later, Still Blaming Bush for Katrina

On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we once again see and hear the drive-by leftstream media bashing President Bush over the efforts in New Orleans. Our media, last year, did a very poor job reporting exactly what was really going on, to the point of gross exaggerations of mayhem and violence within the Superdome, presumably in their efforts to ridicule President Bush and make him look inefficient. Looking through articles from last year, we can see Bush did exactly what any President would have done and was not the bumbling idiot the left wishes us to believe.

On the August 30th Larry King show, Governor Blanco stated, "Well, I've been in touch with the president. He's called often before the storm and after the storm."

From an August 28th edition of the Times-Picayune, we read, "Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding."

Accounts place that call on Saturday, 27 August, 2 days before the Hurricane hit. Mayor Nagin didn't order a mandatory evacuation until hours before the fury of the hurricane hit. Too late.

The Red Cross was barred from bringing in supplies to help by local authorities and the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security. Federal Officials had nothing to do with the denial of the Red Cross entering the city to provide medical and other supplies as needed. From the Red Cross web site last year, "The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city."

From the Hill, the Congressional Newspaper, former Representative Bob Livingston (R-La.) said, “I raised hell with the governor for not declaring martial law. I told her last [Wednesday] night I was going on ‘Hannity & Colmes’ and criticize her for not doing that, and 20 minutes later, she did.”

In a September 11 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article by Jack Kelly, Jason van Steenwyk, a Florida National Guardsman involved in 6 Hurricane relief efforts is quoted, "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."

Prior to Katrina hitting, Bush did declare the area a disaster area and did move FEMA and supplies nearby. Helicopter rescues were being performed before Bush sent in the Active Military. What more could he do without overstepping his legal bounds and bypassing both Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin, who's government seemed to collapse into total chaos, unlike the orderly response of Guiliani's government on 9/11.

500 buses sat idle before and after the hurricane. My money would say that a good number of them would run even after the hurricane, if fuel tanks weren’t filled with water (assuming they were diesels, as I believe). No one from Nagin's team even checked. Even with the I-10 Bridge destroyed, there are obviously back rounds into and out of New Orleans, had someone tried.

Bear in mind, one bus did get out after the flooding, taken and driven by a 17 year old boy who had never driven a bus!

If you feel FEMA fell apart only after Bush was elected, maybe check out the complaints against it and Director Witt in 1999 for Hurricane Floyd and the subsequent flooding there as well.

Personally, I think Brown took a rap he really didn't need to, given the scope of this disaster and effort and unwillingness of State and Local officials to do their part. I also note that the condemnation of Brown ceased from the left once he spoke against Bush later on. Politics?

We can easily Monday morning quarterback and point fingers, but bear in mind; this was an unprecedented disaster as well as an unprecedented relief effort. Could it have been done better? Yes, at all levels, starting at the city and state level.

Placing all blame upon Bush, as the left has, elevates him to a superhuman expectation never before placed on any President.

The leftstream media that wishes nothing more than to destroy Bush did a very poor job reporting New Orleans and ignoring other communities that were devastated just as bad if not worse than NOLA. Maybe because their governors were Republicans and people there reacted and helped each other and local governments didn't ignore their people?

If nothing else, what happened in NOLA should be a wake up call to the left about the welfare state they have created. Once you make people that dependant on government, state, local or federal, when faced with a catastrophe, they cannot do for themselves and just wait for the help that local and state never gave.


Anonymous said...

hey lew,you are a true american.i enjoy reading your blog and i am also right in a left world...longview.what i find aboutn katrina is that a big percentage of them lived off the government for all these years and then bash the very government for not being (quick) enough to rescue them.thats gratitude for ya.i say n.o will be a money pit from here out.......let it go back to the sea and spare us the headache..............Bobby

LewWaters said...

Longview? Howdy neighbor.

My understanding of the displaced from New Orleans is just what you say, welfare kings and queens.

I was shocked that they failed to even prepare for Katrina or evacuate the city. Growing up in South Florida, we went through several hurricanes and survived each one, without any government assistance whatsoever. In fact, my Dad, an old Southern Democrat in the style and manner of Zell Miller, wouldn't even consider asking them for help.

New Orleans remains a blueprint for disaster by rebuilding it as it was instead of letting nature take it back and rebuilding further upriver on more solid ground. Of course, since they don't pay for it, we do, what do they care?

My wife and I both just shook our heads when we saw them reelect that worthless Nagin. Any thoughts we had of helping them out with donations or what have you were thrown away at that time.

My wife is from Houston and has two daughters still down there. Evacuees from New Orleans are wrecking that city, worse than it was. Crime is up, city expenses are up, workers are down, I would imagine.

It all shows me just who the real prejudiced people are in our country, Leftist Democrats. Instead of urging those people to work, get educations, rise up out of poverty and ghettos, they just keep them there with welfare checks, at our expense, and demand more.

As far as I'm concerned, every able-bodied evacuee should have been sent back, moved into tents or trailers and handed shovel, pick axe or broom. Then, give them hammers and nails. If they weren't willing to rebuild, they get taken off welfare and cut off.

Sitting on your ass in Houston, Portland or anywhere else and crying because New Orleans remains a mess doesn't impress me a bit. Send them back to take care of the mess themselves.

BTW, nice pics of the Mt. St. Helens climb. You have more energy than I do, LOL.