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Friends, beware: from the NYTimes opinion today, Tuesday, October 30: "(Romney's approach to eliminating federal disaster relief and turning it over to the states and for profit corporations) is an absurd notion, but it’s fully in line with decades of Republican resistance to federal emergency planning. FEMA, created by President Jimmy Carter, was elevated to cabinet rank in the Bill Clinton administration, but was then demoted by President George W. Bush, who neglected it, subsumed it into the Department of Homeland Security, and placed it in the control of political hacks. The disaster of Hurricane Katrina was just waiting to happen."
Hurricane Katrina was complete neglect by the States,Cities and finally the citizens of that area. The federal government (just like Obama signed disaster proclamation). What and how they handle themselves is up to the states and local government. Now if RAY NAGIN the ex mayor of New Orleans happens to be involved in any part of this. You can be assured that all responsibility will be that of someone else!
Bob Davis of Davis and Emmer I love you guys but Bob you've got to give us meteorologists more credit. You said yesterday on your show that nobody can predict the future including meteorologists. Well I've been predicting the weather future for 25yrs now...and I/we are right the vast majority of the time, depending on what you are wanting predicted. This storm was talked about and predicted for up to 1wk in advance. Look at the pix. I'd say we were right on.
I am saddened by the loss of life, but why were people trying to ride out this storm? Being stubborn and riding out the storm in your home is proving each time one comes along to be more and more dangerous. Putting first responders in just as much danger, if not more just to come rescue them when it does go bad as predicted. What will make people realize how dangerous and selfish actions like this are? An announcement that if you don't leave now, don't bother calling for help. When crews get to you, they get to you, but no one is rushing in to save or rescue you because you were too stubborn to leave when told, and are now paying the price for your actions? I struggle with this. I feel bad and angry at the same time.
I won't complain next time it's sunny and -20 degrees in Minnesota.
At a time like this it is good to have a man in the White House who really cares about 100% of the American people.
Category 1 vs category 5 Katrina. Still death and destruction. Could this be blamed on BUSH? People not responding to evacuation orders. Gotta to be somebodies fault. Sure can't be the general citizen.
jamue11e "I am saddened by the loss of life, but why were people trying to ride out this storm?" When has a storm like this hit this area? None of these people has experienced this type of devastation in their lifetime. In their mind, gale force winds were just as fierce in their velocity and intensity. If they could ride out them they felt they could ride out Sandy. After all it was just a cat 1. Storm surge and torrential rain meant nothing to them. Until it happened. Most people who survive a storm of this magnitude don't make the same mistake twice. If they live that is
jcinmn - Thing is they were told in certain areas to evacuate. They didn't listen. Why should they be at the top of the list for rescue? So what if it hadn't happened before. They were warned and told to leave. Why should the lives of rescue workers be put at risk as well? It's like when there is a storm on a mountain and people climb it anyway and then others die trying to save them. It is extremely selfish on the part of those that didn't listen.
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