This isn't a partisan issue
by jrflorida, Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 06:48:21 AM EDT
I saw several instances on MSNBC last night where people there, including a Sheriff in the parish where they were dropping off rescued people, complained about lack of support. The one thing I hope is that when the anchor asked on air that any federal workers watching please take note of the serious complaints that she turned around and had a producer give the government a call. It was clear that these people are unable to get the help they need or communicate the need for that help. The MSM should be helping in this regard. The FEMA guy was there saying they were effectively hacking there way into the city. Thats B.S. A convoy of trucks may be hacking its way but the aid can fly right over. Helicopters could be used to distribute supplies. Just drop them wherever you see people. Will there be some waste? Yes, but better more than not enough. There should be troops crawling over New Orleans by now (I'm not watching the news yet today so maybe things have changed), should have been there yesterday. Concern about military control can be alleviated by havintg a local authority take command. If some mistakes occur in the process then its better than nothing at all. Marshal law should be in charge in New Orleans right now. This is ridiculous. I swear, this disaster is nothing compared to those that await us in our future. This is the response we will get out of private contracted emergency services.
I just read that they have refused support from foreign governments including Canada. If true and its kept secret it will make people think the world isn't willing to help. The purpose could then only be to make Americans no longer care what the world thinks. And of course that plays right into this administrations hands. I'm not saying the refusal of support is factual. But if it is I'ld like to hear more about it. Until there is too much water, too much food, and too much medical care we should not be turning away support of any form and the only people that should be allowed to turn it away should be the people still yelling for HELP!
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