the story of hurricane
Well, they're determined to avoid another Katrina, that's for sure. W is skipping the RNC and instead will be gracing our fair city with his presence tomorrow, where I'm sure there will be some nice photo ops with the evacuees down at the convention center. I'm guessing he won't make it to the Delco site, where there are no beds (and they don't want us to bring any!).
I don't consider what happened in 2005 to be just a failure of the Bush administration. It was a failure of government at every level - national, state, and local, and politicians from both parties screwed up. Big time. (Not that it wouldn't have helped if, say, the head of FEMA had been, I don't know, qualified for his job.) So I'm seeing this response as a good thing and a sign of lessons learned, even if Ray Nagin is overstating the threat, saying that FEMA trailers will be projectiles, and threatening to deprive looters of due process.
While I certainly hope New Orleans doesn't take another direct hit, if it's bad again there, there's going to have to be a serious discussion about the city's future. We've spent about $3.3 billion taxpayer dollars reconstructing and restoring homes for those whose insurance didn't cover their Katrina damage. Are we willing to turn around and do it again for the exact same houses?
At some point, someone's going to have to point out that, as lovely as New Orleans is, there shouldn't be a major city there. Anytime you have to fight nature, be it on a muddy cliffside in California or behind a levee on the bayou, nature's inevitably going to win.
For now, our thoughts and prayers are with all of those on the Gulf Coast. And we hope for the best.