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Friday, September 02, 2005

Why Did It Take Four Days to Help New Orleans?

As convoys finally bring relief to New Orleans, one question begs to be answered:

How is it the most sophisticated and wealthiest country that sends disaster relief within hours to countries worldwide, took FOUR whole days to help its own?

Does that make any sense to you? Because it sure as heck doesn't to this writer!

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At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's easy to answer....because we have ignored our own people and and our own country's inherent problems for the past several decades. We have chosen to help many people and causes abroad at the expense of our own people. The government is now so "tuned in" to events around the world that they have lost total sense and vision of what is taking place in America.

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At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It took four days because the victims were poor and black and because our National Guard is in Iraq fighting an irresponsible war. I wonder how fast the response would have been if there had been a convention of Republican energy industry executives (heavy campaign donors) at the Superdome - minutes or hours probably.

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At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It certainly seemed strange. I'm not exactly sure I can say tsunami aid was faster - I suspect it wasn't because of it's location. What gets me, is why didn't they just chopper in water and some supplies to the convention center & stadium? Don't tell me it wasn't safe - soldiers have much more dangerous missions than flying aid into our own citizens. Mind boggling. Must be something going on we don't know about. Perhaps Al-Qaida is running FEMA now - a new terrorism scheme.

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At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May I add that the people in governement positions are exactly tyhe same as the folks running corporate America....all style, no substance. They have no qualifications for the jobs they hold, and when events unfold that require action, they are clueless, but they all sure do know how to "spin" some words around the situation and make certain people believe that they do know what they are doing (and for the gift of being able to "spin" words, they are paid mighty handsomely). Please note that while we all watched the government's failings for four days, NOBODY from corporate America stepped up to the plate either....couldn't The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta loaded up some Aquafina Water on some eighteen-wheelers and driven straight down there to the convention center themselves in less than 4 days ???? I am no longer proud to be an American.

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At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And where is mighty Bill Gates....busy counting his money also ??? This is such a national disgrace.

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At 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And we don't need people on stage singing (Friday nite concert) while people are dying....we need those darn people (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Harry Connick) to be spending some of their millions($) organizing some relief and driving down there to bring water, crackers, and medical supplies. The concerts can wait, these people need REAL help NOW. They can't eat or drink dollar bills.

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At 8:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The response of the federal government to this disaster is just a high profile example of the way the Bush administration is giving the middle class and poor the finger. Bush uses a few zealots from evangelical right to shame dissenters into silence while he watches those without power fall deeper into poverty and misery. Even a moral bankrupt like Katherine Harris should be ashamed for helping him steal his way into office to divert resources into the pockets of his cronies that only becomes obvious in times like this. Although Bush usually ignores world opinion, hopefully the stage is large enough for this one that the federal government will at least bring the remaining victims to safety and give the dead a decent burial.

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At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Jeanne said...

WHY, when the first batch of buses came in to New Orleans, did they come in empty? Why wasn’t there bottled water & some form of food being brought in? You simply can not put 250,000 people on a dozen buses-some disheartened people will have to wait an additional day to be transported, why were supplies not brought in then to sustain those folks for an additional day? The buses had to come from other areas not as damaged; there could have been a far better plan to gather up basic items for those who had to wait.
I’m angry & disgusted with all of the elected/appointed officials in our Fed. Government.
I’m also real sick of hearing about “the poor” who stayed behind. I’m upper middle class, but if I would have had to evacuate my home since Sunday-by now I would have run out of money to stay elsewhere too. I’ve never been more proud to say I NEVER voted for a Bush. I’m just so very, very sorry that the people of New Orleans had to validate my actions. God help them, since Bush & the Feds won’t.

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At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I agree with the dissatisfaction with Bush, I would also like to point out that even if we voted anyone else into office, the same situation would have happened. Most politicians are corrupted by lobbiest & industry money. The only politician that spoke correctly was Mayor Ray Nagin "Someone needs to get their ass on a plane and get down here and figure it out". Unfortunately he seems to have no plan of his own - foolishly thinking FEMA would come to their rescue when the big one hit.

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