posted on Sep, 12 2005 @ 11:23 PM
The interesting thing about this distaster, is that actually it's up to the STATE not the Fed, to initiate calls for supplies and equipment.
Everyone seems to be thinking that it's the fault of the Fed, but the way the system works, is that the state (governor and local govt) needs to
declare the state of emergency (which they did) and begin to request resources (which they didn't do nearly enough of).
I agree that it was the best thing to have Brown step down because of his attitude in early interviews "well they chose to stay in spite of the
mandatory evacuation order so it's their fault."
However, it's funny how everyone puts it all on Bush, POTUS has actually zero involvement in the commanding of FEMA's game plans as they exist
today. In fact it's good that we have a distributed government ... do you really WANT that much responsibility to be in the hands of one person?
I can't believe that nobody is faulting the governor and the mayor who ultimately way underestimated the impact.
* Why didn't Mayor Nagin provide for food for the people that they expected in the dome, BEFORE the storm hit? Perhaps he was so caught up in the
excitement of the thing that he was not thinking practically.
* Why didn't Gov. Blanco provide for an evacuation plan for people that could not afford to leave the city? It's just not enough for a governor to
just start crying in times of stress as we all saw on TV, and then miraculously expect the magic president to suddenly appear like a little genie from
At the same time, Bush COULD have done something and chose not to, but he's really not required to do anything as it is delegated to the affected
state(s) and FEMA entirely.
There are many good reasons for this ... what if the president is missing, for example.