They screwed up in Louisiana. They took a chance.
It was a bad decision, simple as that.
One can fault FEMA for not doing the state’s job quickly enough. There is something to be said for the federal government having such a plan should the first responders themselves be unable to react.
The head of FEMA has essentially been terminated. For the crime of acting like every bureaucrat all across the fruited plains: being unable to think outside the box.
First of all, sweet Granddaughter, people that work for the government, so your Grandmother alleges, are generally not the quickest on the draw. Government work is steady and provides good benefits. Most people with ingenuity and incentive tend to go into private business.
Every American who ever had to deal with the government on ANY matter gets it.
It seems that once FEMA’s head Brown realized that the state of Louisiana was a basket case he, well he became a basket case.
Imagine that. A government employee without the ability to think on his feet.
I don't mind the negative press [well, actually, I do, but I try to ignore it] but it is really wearing out the family," Brown wrote, according to the E-mail obtained by the Rocky Mountain News.
Speaking of FEMA’s Brown, we discover this email from him to his family:
From the NY Daily News:
"No wonder people don't go into public service. This country is devouring itself, the 24-hour news cycle is numbing our ability to think for ourselves."
Yet More Damaging Info
It would seem, Granddaughter, that Governor Jeb Bush, a man who has endured his share of hurricanes, offered assistance to the idiots in corrupt Louisiana.
Yet they insist it is the Feds fault.
Whatever your history book shows, Kaitlyn Mae, know that your Grandmother goes to all this effort to document it for you.
From the PalmBeachPost:
Gov. Jeb Bush, the head of Florida AHCA and the head of Florida wildlife (which is responsible for all search and rescue) all said they made offers of aid to Mississippi and Louisiana the day before Katrina hit but were rebuffed. After the storm, they said they've had to not only help provide people to those states but also have had to develop search and rescue plans for them. "They were completely unprepared -- as bad off as we were before Andrew," one Florida official said.
An Interesting Fundraiser
Never let it be said, Kaitlyn, that Americans aren’t generous and innovative. Below is just one of the many fundraisers going on across the land to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
No matter their color.
"if any city on Earth seems to revolve around and exist for food, it (is) New Orleans. . . . New Orleanians live, sleep and breathe food and love their restaurants as much as the millions of visitors who came solely to eat there."
Now, with bayou stoves submerged in water, Mariani is helping spread word that top chefs here in Washington will join forces Monday as the soon-to-open Acadiana restaurant at 901 New York Ave. NW becomes "the po' boy headquarters of a fundraising effort."
Participating chefs serving up brown-bag carry-out po' boys for a donation of $25 include Jeff Tunks (Acadiana, DC Coast, Ten Penh and Ceiba), Robert Wiedmaier (Marcel's), Michel Richard (Citronelle), Roberto Donna (Galileo), Ris Lacoste (1789), Cesare Lanfranconi (Tosca), Frank Morales (Zola), Todd Gray (Equinox), Cathal Armstrong (Restaurant Eve), RJ Cooper (Vidalia), John Besh (August, New Orleans), Jeff Buben (Vidalia and Bistro Bis), Kevin Scott (New Orleans Bistro), and John Wabeck (Firefly).
First Katrina/Kaitlyn post-the Beginning-9/6/05
Grandmother's Evacuation Plan
Hilly's Katrina Kommission, Debit Cards
Satire, Folk Wisdom