It's worse. I missed it the first time around but caught what she meant by THIS statement later:
</i>Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment. The good and decent people of southeast Louisiana and the Gulf Coast -- black and white, rich and poor, young and old -- deserve far better from their national government.</i>
It was a fucking PHOTO OP. They tore the equippment and shelter DOWN after.
Heh, forgive me for repeating you.
I am just not reading and thinking clearly in an emotionally outraged haze.
That part was actually about the levee repairs. But your links make me want to cry. I mean, yeah, politicians lie to us, but usually not this incompetently....
I can't help but think that this is all a catalyst for change. If TPTB make it to the end of this term, it'll be a blue-eyed miracle. Hopefully the next election will bring in people that aren't all buddy-buddy with the current administration and will get the ball rolling for change... For the pendulum to swing back to the middle where it belongs.
It's just too bad it takes a tragedy like this to bring it about.
Fema is a joke. Always has been.
But... the X-Files told me FEMA was going to take over the nation once the aliens gave the signal!
Then it's a GOOD thing they're so incompetent!
Or, they won't waste their resources on mere mortals. Take your pick.
Agreed. Red Cross, okay, but pretty much a joke as well - they only take monetary donations, if you've never realized. They'll turn away donations of clothes and food. They always do. They don't want THAT.
Thus, if I give money, I give through a religious organization. Usually that of my own, but if not, at least one that I know will definitely help such as World Vision.
For all the talk that homeland security did about having plans for any terrorist attack, what is obvious to me is that it was meant to keep the people in fear mode, not as steps and procedures by our government for us.....60 nations have called to try and help and in his arrogance he has said no!....how much suffering does it take?.....
60 nations have called to try and help and in his arrogance he has said no!
Really? I heard that supplies and help from European nations are already on their way.
For all the talk that homeland security did about having plans for any terrorist attack, what is obvious to me is that it was meant to keep the people in fear mode
I fault the local governments as much as the feds here. New Orleans and Louisianna apparently didn't follow their own emergency evacuation procedures.
Plenty of blame to go around in this one.
By "bozo", I guess you are referring to the Secret Service ;)
The other really sad thing to me is that the people responsible for this kind of crap will never be held accountable for it. At best, they'll be forgotten. At worst they'll be lauded for their efforts during a state of unprecedented crisis....
The reasoning behind these two things is simple, and even more appalling: $$$
The Fed Govt. has contracts with certain companies (Read: Haliburton, et. al.) for these things, including, food, water and medicine. So they're not paying them for their services, so they won't accept them.
Totally Unreal, eh?
Thank you. At least now it makes sense to me.
It's utterly wrong, and morally reprehensible, but at least I understand it.
I mentioned elsewhere about another example of this red tape - my county was waiting to send 22 deputies and supplies down to New Orleans. They sat around for a day while they waited for FEMA to give them the go-ahead.
Then again, once they finally did get the go-ahead, they were turned away by the Louisana state police - they told them they didn't need their help.