NEW ORLEANS – Saturday, August 29, is the fourth anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. It is important to look back and to assess what went wrong and determine how to prevent it from happening again.
Actually that is the fictional way that the American media are going to look at the New Orleans disaster, as if we somehow can find a way to ignore or remedy human stupidity and greed. Because while the devastation in Mississippi was enormous, the flooding and destruction of the city of New Orleans caused the greatest controversy.
But in the culture of absolute corruption that has dominated New Orleans for the last century – easily one of the most corrupt places in America – nobody seemed to have had any time to make sure that the levees were strong while the Democrats who run New Orleans were stealing billions of dollars in federal, state and local taxpayer cash. New Orleans is largely a socialist handout state with a big dependent, crime-ridden, clueless, apathetic black population to match.
And while Bush and FEMA got blamed for Everything Katrina, here are a few excerpts from wikipedia.org:
The levee failures prompted investigations of their design and construction which belongs to the US Army Corps of Engineers the as mandated in the Flood Control Act of 1965 and into their maintenance by the local Levee Boards (who prevented the Army Corps from building flood gates at the mouth of the drainage canals at Lake Pontchartrain
Comment: Notice the words “their maintenance by local levee boards”. Where was that maintenance in a city where billions are being stolen by corrupt politicians and dependent people? Why did they oppose the flood gates?
One day before Katrina hit, wikipedia says:
On Sunday, August 28, President Bush spoke with Louisiana’s Democrat governor Kathleen Blanco to encourage her to order a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans.
Comment: So where was the governor to keep her own people safe? Why did she not act before then?
Wikipedia says of the two most important Democrats involved:
Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans and Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco… were criticized for failing to implement New Orleans’ evacuation plan and for ordering residents to a shelter of last resort without any provisions for food, water, security, or sanitary conditions. Perhaps the most important criticism of Nagin was that he delayed his emergency evacuation order until 19 hours before (the hurricane’s) landfall, which led to hundreds of deaths of people who (by that time) could not find any way out of the city…
At a news conference at 10 a.m. on August 28, shortly after Katrina was upgraded to a Category 5 storm, New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin ordered the first-ever mandatatory evacuation of the city, calling Katrina “a storm that most of us have long feared.”
Comment: Remember how all the New Orleans city employees – all Democrats, of course – headed for the hills rather than stick around to become part of any evacuation plan? Remember the hundreds of public school buses that were photographed submerged underwater after the storm, obviously never used? Aren’t Democrats the so-called party of compassion and generosity? So why did so many people end up suffering? Answer: Because the city is run by a party which is based on selfishness and corruption. Conservatives would have helped their fellow man, not turned tail.
No wonder there was so much chaos, and tens of thousands who did not heed the evacuation orders. Because New Orleans is full of people driven into a listless state of indifference by the welfare state, one that they have existed in for decades. And Nagin was re-elected mayor after the disaster!
Since New Orleans was founded more than 300 years ago, it has been known as a city in a bowl that has been surrounded by water that threatened to inundate it. And it only was a matter of time before the waters came. And so finally it happened on August 29, 2005 when a big hurricane pushed the water levels up hard against the man-made barriers. Who could forget those images… an entire city underwater. Katrina was the most expensive natural disaster in American history, with more than $80 billion in damage and 1,577 people killed in Louisiana.
The sensational media images of people – mostly black – on rooftops and swimming through the murk, on rafts, in boats, provided the liberals with a backdrop against which to tar Bush and the Republicans for everything. In a televised NBC benefit concert on September 2 (it takes mere days for the Follywood Left to roll up their sleeves and start garnering publicity at a time of disaster) a black entertainer named Kanye West said:
“So anybody out there that wants to do anything that we can help — with the way America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off, as slow as possible. I mean, the Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realize a lot of people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way — and they’ve given them permission to go down and shoot us!”
Comment: Might as well take a crack at Bush and Iraq all at once! And his charge that America is set up to help poor people “as slow as possible”. Heck, they poor have received trillions. Just not fast enough, apparently
West then blurted out “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
Comment: So did the black mayor or New Orleans Ray Nagin care about black people? It certainly appears not.
What is the real lesson of Katrina? It is that people need to be forced, if necessary, into self-sufficiency and cannot be left to the mercies of an inept and incompetent government. For weeks after Katrina, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trailer trucks full of ice were aimlessly wandering the nation instead of heading for New Orleans. Is this not precisely the kind of bureaucratic ineptness that conservatives have warned about? Weren’t the attacks on Bush over FEMA really a recognition of the reality of government incompetence? Wasn’t it the military that ultimately went in to save thousands from rooftops and to straighten out the mess, the same military that is under relentless assault from the Democrats?
The real lesson of Katrina is that America must start to move away from the welfare state. Today our fiscal crisis is being fueled largely by millions of people who have been nurtured on dependency and cannot either contribute to our society or live another day without a handout from the same society that they are not contributing to, never have, and never will. And that is the ultimate story of the hurricane of 2005 that none of us will, or should, ever forget.
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