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Archive for "Jun 24 2008"

Followup: “Katrina vs. The Corn Belt 2: Repsonsibility Backsliding Bugaloo”

via InstaPuppieFrappieMaker,

Much of the Mississippi River Valley is now underwater, and the Associated Press reports from East St. Louis, Ill., that FEMA’s performance has been exemplary:

Nearly three years after Hurricane Katrina turned FEMA into a punchline, many homeowners, politicians and community leaders in the flood-stricken Midwest say that so far, the agency is doing a heckuva job–and they mean it.

Up and down the Big Muddy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is being commended for responding quickly and surely.

“The lessons we learned from Katrina we’ve taken very seriously,” said Glenn Cannon, FEMA assistant administrator for disaster operations. He added: “We’ve changed the way we do business. We don’t wait to react.”

Democratic lawmakers, including Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, praise the agency’s work.

This put us in mind of perhaps the most outlandish Katrina commentary not involving cannibalism, this assertion from former Enron adviser Paul Krugman in the New York Times of Sept. 5, 2005:

The federal government’s lethal ineptitude wasn’t just a consequence of Mr. Bush’s personal inadequacy; it was a consequence of ideological hostility to the very idea of using government to serve the public good. For 25 years the right has been denigrating the public sector, telling us that government is always the problem, not the solution. Why should we be surprised that when we needed a government solution, it wasn’t forthcoming?

Now, we’d like to see some investigative reporting into the differences between the Gulf Coast in 2005 and the Upper Midwest in ’08. We’re not prepared to accept on FEMA’s say-so that its leaders learned the lessons of Katrina and everything works now. It’s possible that Katrina was simply a harder-to-manage challenge because it was such a massive storm and because it hit an area (especially New Orleans and Louisiana) with weak social structures and poor government.

My two bits? Katrina exposed local pols, on the city, state and federal level, that had somehow no idea what they were doing when the a storm–literally–came to their door. It was not “a harder-to manage-challenge” unless you include in such equation that the “managers” were complete idiots who ignored warning and ran to the press shouting “Bush wants black people to die!”

“Chocolate City” Nagin shipped his own family’s ass out of town when Katrina scared his balls so hard he buried them into his gastric tract and left his town and “fellow” citizens behind.

And left his fleet of busses to get flooded.

Barry’s Rhetoric: He Stands by It, at least until it Becomes Difficult

Observes The Campaign Spot’s Jim Geraghty:

All Barack Obama statements come with an expiration date. All of them.

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