The Blame Game & Race Baiters
I really hate the blame game and I especially detest it when the race card is pulled without warrant, but when the people blaming others are really the one's at fault it should be exposed as such. I am getting really tired of hearing that President Bush hates black people and that because the vast majority of the New Orleans evacuees are black he took his time in sending aid. Nothing could be further from the truth. I believe the problem was a combination of bureaucratic red tape and incompetence.
I am sure that we can find fault in every level of government, but the bulk of it lies within the local level. (Some of the fault lies with the people themselves for not having evacuated when they were urged to do so. However, there were many poor and elderly people who had no way of evacuating.) Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco, I believe, were incompetent in this crisis. Nagin had over 200 school buses which he could have used to evacuate the people. Nagin and Governor Blanco are still at odds as to whether or not they should call for a mandatory evacuation of those who remain in the city. These two people know the demographics of their city and state better than the federal government. It was the city's and state's responsibility to have a workable plan to help those in need of evacuation. It is a well known fact that the citizens of the city of New Orleans would be in grave danger due to much needed repairs of the levee which kept the waters at bay. Leo has some excellent links to articles which go into great detail about the dangers that lurked in New Orleans in his September 5 blog entry.
There is much more, but I do not have the time to go into it all. President Bush strongly suggested to the the Governor of Louisiana that she should begin evacuating the people before the storm hit. Nagin and Blanco need to discontinue blaming everyone else for their own incompetence.
I'll leave you with this all important tidbit of information that is sure to get your blood boiling and raise your blood pressure. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and their ilk also need to refrain from blaming President Bush for things in which he had no control. From what I understand, the mainstream media is choosing not to report this important information.
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005 11:52 p.m. EDT
Gov. Kathleen Blanco's Bureaucrats Blocked Food and Water
The Red Cross was reportedly ready to deliver food, water and other supplies to flood-ravaged refugees who were sweltering inside New Orleans' Superdome last week - but the relief was blocked by bureaucrats who worked for Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco.
Fox News Channel's Major Garrett reported Wednesday that the Red Cross had "trucks with water, food, hygiene equipment, all sorts of things ready to go ... to the Superdome and Convention Center."
But the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security, Garrett said, "told them they could not go."
"The Red Cross tells me that Louisiana's Department of Homeland Security said, 'Look, we do not want to create a magnet for more people to come to the Superdome or Convention Center, we want to get them out,'" he explained.
"So at the same time local officials were screaming where is the food, where is the water, the Red Cross was standing by ready [and] the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security said you can't go."