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Registered: Aug 2005
09-14-05 01:23 PM IP
The ongoing relief effort in New Orleans and surrounding areas is well under way while Democrats continue to point fingers.
Seeing that Louisiana is a state ran by Democrats, I fail to see how they can even begin to point fingers.
The President made an address Monday taking blame for the slow response time of the relief.
I don't believe that the government was unprepared for a clean up. I believe that they knew that they were unprepared for a rescue of that magnitude. This may be why they urged residents to evacuate three days in advance. But as we well know, many didn't listen and stayed behind to "rough out" the storm.
The following was sent to me in an email, I have done some research to find much of it is true. I'm sure the truth will come out after the relief effort has subsided. Have a look.
> On Friday night before the storm hit, Max Mayfield of the National Hurricane
> Center took the unprecedented action of calling Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Kathleen
> Blanco personally to plead with them to begin MANDATORY evacuation of New
> Orleans and they said they'd take it under consideration. This was after the
> NOAA buoy 240 miles south had recorded 68' waves before it was destroyed.
> President Bush spent Friday afternoon and evening in meetings with his
> advisors and administrators drafting all of the paperwork required for a
> state to request federal assistance (and not be in violation of the Posse
> Comitatus Act or having to enact the Insurgency Act). Just before midnight
> Friday evening the President called Governor Blanco and pleaded with her to
> sign the request papers so the federal government and the military could
> legally begin mobilization and call up. He was told that they didn't think
> it necessary for the federal government to be involved yet. After the
> President's final call to the governor she held meetings with her staff to
> discuss the political ramifications of bringing federal forces. It was
> decided that if they allowed federal assistance it would make it look as if
> they had failed so it was agreed upon that the feds would not be invited in.
> Saturday before the storm hit the President again called Blanco and Nagin
> requesting they please sign the papers requesting federal assistance, that
> they declare the state an emergency area, and begin mandatory evacuation.
> After a personal plea from the President, Nagin agreed to order an
> evacuation, but it would not be a full mandatory evacuation, and the
> governor still refused to sign the papers requesting and authorizing federal
> action. In frustration the President declared the area a national disaster
> area before the state of Louisiana did so he could legally begin some
> advanced preparations. Rumor has it that the President's legal advisers were
> looking into the ramifications of using the insurgency act to bypass the
> Constitutional requirement that a state request federal aid before the
> federal government can move into state with troops - but that had not been
> done since 1906 and the Constitutionality of it was called into question to
> use before the disaster.
> Throw in that over half the federal aid of the past decade to New Orleans
> for levee construction, maintenance, and repair was diverted to fund a
> marina and support the gambling ships. Toss in the investigation that will
> look into why the emergency preparedness plan submitted to the federal
> government for funding and published on the city's website was never
> implemented and in fact may have been bogus for the purpose of gaining
> additional federal funding as we now learn that the organizations identified
> in the plan were never contacted or coordinating into any planning - though
> the document implies that they were.
> The suffering people of New Orleans need to be asking some hard questions
> as do we all, but they better start with why Blanco refused to even sign the
> multi-state mutual aid pack activation documents until Wednesday which
> further delayed the legal deployment of National Guard from adjoining
> states. Or maybe ask why Nagin keeps harping that the President should have
> commandeered 500 Greyhound busses to help him when according to his own
> emergency plan and documents he claimed to have over 500 busses at his
> disposal to use between the local school busses and the city transportation
> busses - but he never raised a finger to prepare them or activate them.
> This is a sad time for all of us to see that a major city has all but been
> destroyed and thousands of people have died with hundreds of thousands more
> suffering, but it's certainly not a time for people to be pointing fingers
> and trying to find a bigger dog to blame for local corruption and
> incompetence. Pray to God for the survivors that they can start their lives
> anew as fast as possible and we learn from all the mistakes to avoid them in
> the future.