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katrina aftermath

Hi Cathy and all

I agree with you Cathy! The logistics of rescuing all of those folks is daunting. I also agree that we live where we do regardless of the risks. We choose to live there even though we know something horrible can happen. On the other hand virtually every part of the country is in one kind of risk zone or another. I live in earthquake country. If you live in the northwest they live next to volcanoes. The south has hurricanes and the Midwest tornadoes. The east has it's issues. So really there are few places that one can go that has a zero chance of some kind of natural disaster. The only thing we can do is try and be as prepared as our economy will allow.

Which leads us to this point: What is happening in New Orleans is an interesting example of what happens when we ignore our infrastructure. We are concurrently fighting two foreign wars, cut taxes that primarily benefits the wealthiest 10% of the population and exporting good jobs oversees to make investors happy. New Orleans is a taste of the result of this negligence. Our roads are crumbling, bridges dangerous, levees dissolving not to mention a school system that is overcrowded and begging for money and a health care system that is on life support.

Our infrastructure (including schools, hospitals etc) is what made this country the economic powerhouse that it is/was. Yet we have been ignoring it for several administrations and has been accelerated over the last few years. In my opinion we can't continue this and remain a world power. We have to stop this excuse that making a few ultra rich individuals even richer or multi-national corporations (who by the way have no allegiance to any nation) even more powerful is somehow good economic policy. They are jeopardizing our health, future and ability to make a decent living for our families. We are being sold a bill of goods that these policies are good for the country. It's a lie! Next time you shop at a Wal-Mart remember that those goods you purchased were made by Chinese workers making pennies a day and ask yourself how many businesses have had to shut down because of these superstores. Under the Reagan Administration we first heard of the term "Me Generation!" It's past time that we turn the "M" upside down and consider what we have to do to make this a better country not just for the 10% but for all of us.

As far as the response to this disaster, you are right Cathy this is an unbelievable logistic nightmare. However, there were many things that could have and should have been done immediately. Things like airlifting in supplies, including water, food, troops etc. That's what the National Guard is for. Why did it take five days for those things to begin on a federal level? We should have had helicopters going over with loudspeakers reassuring people that help was on the way. Instead we got the same deer in the headlights look that we saw in 2001. Now today, we see the President going around at the same time as we see troops going to the rescue. This action should have begun days ago. The task is daunting but with the proper response initially those in power could have alleviated much of the uncertainty, fear and hopelessness. Lets pray that they now grasp the magnitude of the disaster.

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