What will FEMA do?

With hurricane Gustav bearing down on New Orleans, are we going to see a repeat of the response lack of response to Katrina?  Or are we going to see a response like the hurricanes that landed in Florida in 2004?

Remember 2004, we had hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne wreak havoc on Florida.  But the relief effort was strong.  Personally I think two things factored into the proper response we saw in 2004, one Florida was critical to Bush getting re-elected, and two his brother was governor of the state.

Yet in 2005, with no election looming, Bush was no where to be seen with New Orleans going under water.  Now McCain has criticized the Bush Administrations response to Katrina, yet on the day that Katrina was wreaking havoc on New Orleans, they were together celebrating John McCain’s 69th birthday, you could read about that (and see photos) at Huffington Post.

So when you think of the response we will see this week to hurricane Gustav, it isn’t an example of learning from your mistakes.  But instead the reality that these Republicans only decide to practice effective government when it will impact their election chances.

-Josh

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1 Comment

  1. 4leslie said,

    August 31, 2008 at 11:55 am

    You are quite correct, but I must still insist that it’s a bigger issue than JUST FEMA’s response, as I have posted.


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