Tuesday, September 06, 2005
The Katrina Blame Game
Those searching to find a way to blame W for the aftermath of Katrina are pointing so many fingers in so many directions one must stand in awe of the dexterity of their digits.
Apparently, the W Administration has the ability to control the weather patterns in the Gulf of Mexico to such an extent that a Force 4 Hurricane was directed to only blow poor neighborhoods off the face of the map. European talking heads and editorial writers claim Katrina's wrath was unleashed as a direct result of the United States withdrawal from the Kyoto environmental protocols - which still make no sense to anyone with more than six brain cells.
Lets get a few facts straight here.
1. New Orleans is a city built in a geographic bowl shaped area roughly six feet below sea level. The only thing keeping the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River, and Lake Ponchetrain from drowning the city is a complex network of pumps and levies. Said system has been built and maintained over many decades during which no hurricane of Katrina's force hit the city.
In short, Mother Nature made short work of man's effort to repeal her laws.
2. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is not a first responder. All the resources of the Federal Government cannot make up for the evaporation of the state and local government. Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco cannot and should not expect the Feds to come literally bail them out of a catastrophe when they themselves don't bother to follow their own emergency plan.
Of what use are emergency plans, drills, and exercises if no one pays attention to them when the disaster is looming?
3. For those of you in the ant-capitalist camp, you might want to consider this little factoid: In the aftermath of Katrina's devestation, Wal-Mart - a company much maligned and hated by the left - made a donation to the relief fund. The total amount is in the neighborhood of $25 million ($18M from the company and $7M from the Walton Foundation). You might want to consider that the next time you're out shopping for socks and motor oil.
4. It should be noted that the most effective response to Katrina has been the United States Military. If you're wondering who is keeping order in New Orleans, delivering supplies in Biloxi, and rescuing the stranded, you'll find its the Army National Guard, the United States Coast Guard, and other supporting personnel. This they do because its their job, though their own homes may be flooded and their own loved ones may be among the missing.
They'll be very busy doing what others claim can't be done.
To them we tip our collective hat.
Here endeth the lesson.