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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Planets Apart

I have come to the conclusion that liberals think differently. They must. Otherwise, they wouldn't come across as borderline stupid so often.

Take, for example, Adrienne Washington. She has this to say (in this morning's Washington Times) about Kanye West's outlandish stunt at the Hurricane Katrina fundraising telethon the other night:
Witness what happened to rapper Kayne (sic) West during NBC's fundraising telecast for Hurricane Katrina victims. He created a firestorm of gasps and denials when he went off script and said that "[President] George Bush doesn't care about black people." (link)
For some strange reason this editorial appears in the Metropolitan section of the paper. Regardless, the reason there was a "firestorm of gasps" when West opened his mouth and idiocy rolled out was because it was a fundraiser. The people who put the telethon together were trying to raise money for the victims of a natural disaster. And offending the viewers with puerile political ranting is not conducive to raising cash (except at MoveOn.org events).

This basic fact is lost on Ms. Washington. She'd rather complain about whitey.

Sigh ......

In The New York Times No Less

John Tierney, in an article appearing in this morning's New York Times, makes a point that I made (more succinctly) a few days ago, that the blame for the New Orleans debacle lies mostly with inept local officials:
Mr. Bush made a lot of mistakes last week, but most of his critics are making an even bigger one now by obsessing about what he said and did.

What the city needed most was coldly effective local leaders, not a president in Washington who could feel their pain. It's the same lesson we should have learned from Sept. 11 and other disasters, yet both liberals and conservatives keep ignoring it.

The liberals bewailing the insensitivity and racism of Republicans in Washington sound like a bad rerun of the 1960's, when urban riots were blamed on everyone but the rioters and the police. Yes, the White House did a terrible job of responding to Katrina, but Democratic leaders in New Orleans and Louisiana didn't even fulfill their basic duties. (link)
Like I said ...

The New York Post As Well

I think the notion that local and state officials in New Orleans and Louisiana failed miserably to prepare for the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina is taking hold.

The New York Post has this in an editorial this morning:
... to be blunt about it, the immediate state and local response to the hurricane bordered on the criminally negligent. (More on that later this week.) (link)
Better late than never ...

A Veteran Weighs In

Bob Williams was a "state legislator who represented the legislative district most impacted by the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980." He has some experience therefore with disaster preparedness and evacuation plan execution. He has this to say (in this morning's Wall Street Journal) about the debacle that took place in New Orleans:
... what isn't fair is to dump on the federal officials and avoid those most responsible -- local and state officials who failed to do their job as the first responders. The plain fact is, lives were needlessly lost in New Orleans due to the failure of Louisiana's governor, Kathleen Blanco, and the city's mayor, Ray Nagin.

The primary responsibility for dealing with emergencies does not belong to the federal government. It belongs to local and state officials who are charged by law with the management of the crucial first response to disasters. First response should be carried out by local and state emergency personnel under the supervision of the state governor and his/her emergency operations center.

The actions and inactions of Gov. Blanco and Mayor Nagin are a national disgrace due to their failure to implement the previously established evacuation plans of the state and city. Gov. Blanco and Mayor Nagin cannot claim that they were surprised by the extent of the damage and the need to evacuate so many people. Detailed written plans were already in place to evacuate more than a million people. The plans projected that 300,000 people would need transportation in the event of a hurricane like Katrina. If the plans had been implemented, thousands of lives would likely have been saved. (link)
The truth will out.

Let's Have An Amen

The Wall Street Journal editorial staff brings up a point regarding the Hurricane Katrina response - or lack thereof - that both they and I made after 9/11 and after President Bush decided - in response to terrorist attacks on our soil - to create a vast new bureucracy called the Department of Homeland Security.
... Mr. Bush is going to have to recognize the obvious initial failure of the Department of Homeland Security in its first big post-9/11 test. The President created this latest huge federal bureaucracy, against the advice of many of us, and we're still waiting for evidence that it has done anything but reshuffle the Beltway furniture.

Notably, the New Orleans mess improved only after the Pentagon got involved. (link)

Here's my prediction: In response to this natural disaster, look for Congress to expand the bureucracy yet again.

Sigh ...