EDITORS NOTE: The following post was to be posted in our comments by Donnie from Houma, LA. Donnie appeared on The Democratic Daily about a week or so ago, fresh from the Katrina disaster in LA, Donnie and I struck up a conversation about what was really going on in LA.
Donnie is registered Republican, who’s not at all happy with the way things are going down there. I’ve invited Donnie from Houma, LA to share his insight with our readers. Here’s his first post in what we hope will be a series based on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina:
Donnie from Houma, LA: As promised, get ready for my own style of shock and awe. This is the gift I spoke of. I sure hope you have a seatbelt on your puter chair…
A Republican’s insight: Is there a chance for a Democratic foothold in the south?
I intend to show how the local people are feeling, thinking, and making do under the current conditions of our State. To accomplish this, I will use links to local news, views of everyday people in this area, some of my insight into the people of my state and the Republican Party, and cold hard facts. Due to my underestiment of how long this project will be after writing on all projected subjects, I have decided to break it down into separate parts and try to post one section a day. The following topics will be covered:
1: Did FEMA fail us?
2: Could FEMA have managed this monster undertaking if competent leaders were in place and actually tried to do their job?
3: What are the local people thinking and saying about the current situation, and Pres. Bush?
4: Did the Local, Parish, State, or Federal Gov. drop the ball?
5: How can the Dems. make a showing, and not make it look political?
6: What would make the locals mad and ruin it for the Dems.?
7: What are the possible subjects that can be brought up for the Dems. in future elections?
8: What is the truth about Louisiana Politics and it’s basis of law?
9: What are the political ramifications of this debacle in the State of Louisiana?
10: What are the needs of Louisiana in the present and future?
TOPIC 1: Did FEMA fail us?
FEMA turned out to be about as useful as a baseball player using a toothpick to bat when we needed them most. The blame for FEMA being so unorganized, cannot be placed at the feet of state and local Gov. Taking it and rolling it into one big massive, wad of unusable refuse, that we have to make up new adjectives to describe it, due to the fact that no known one exist that can truly describe it, is the product of the Bush administration.
Reality check folks, neither Blanco or Nagin had a thing to do with making “Big Brother” bigger!!! Two weeks after the storm, and yet here in Louisiana, we still hear and see the same old “Where is FEMA?” mentality and headlines in our local papers and newscast. I don’t think it is all that big a suprise, the the finger pointing coming from the GOP, is direct at a Dem. Governor in a red state, and a Dem. Mayor, in the political stronghold of that state.
Blanco was here, and making pleas to you Mr. Bush. Mayor Nagin was in a hotel without electricity, over looking the Super Dome, that he went out to, and without the camera crews in tow like every GOP member that came down had. Bush is quoted as saying “What is not working, we’re going to make it right”?
Then fire Mike Inc. (Chertoff and Brown). Let me also point out, that when one of the local news reporters, wanted to interview Mayor Nagin, she went into New Orleans, and climbed many flights of stairs in the dark and hot hotel to find the Mayor. People were able to get into New Orleans, and yet Bush’s administration, cried that the city was cut off and hard to reach. The fact is, it was accessible, and Big Brother, sat in D.C. on their hands, and with their thumbs facing up at that!! The proof is in the pudding, and the muck left behind from the receding waters.
UPDATE: Micheal Brown resigned as I was writing this. That’s a good start, but not enough!!! Feel free to do the same Chertoff. Hey Condi, I didn’t forget you. Stand in line. Rep. Thomas Tancredo, R-Colo. I would say for you to stand in line, but instead, I hope you do the only public service you ever did, and lay down, have a coronary, and make the quickest trip you can to your eventual home — Hell!!! Talk about corruption! What about Haliburton, you self rightious, finger pointing, bag of hot air!!!!
Proof FEMA Failed Us:
Dear Mr. President:
We heard you loud and clear Friday when you visited our devastated city and the Gulf Coast and said, “What is not working, we’re going to make it right.”
Please forgive us if we wait to see proof of your promise before believing you. But we have good reason for our skepticism.
Bienville built New Orleans where he built it for one main reason: It’s accessible. The city between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain was easy to reach in 1718.
How much easier it is to access in 2005 now that there are interstates and bridges, airports and helipads, cruise ships, barges, buses and diesel-powered trucks.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee said he has “commandeered” the Sam’s and Wal-Mart stores in the parish and ordered them to open as soon as possible.
Lee said he took the action after he learned that a Wal-Mart store wanted to open recently but was told by FEMA officials that it could not.
“I am upset with FEMA and some of their regulations,” Lee said.
4) Two weeks later, where is FEMA?
By JEREMY SHAPIRO
HOUMA — Long-awaited disaster recovery centers operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be coming to Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes soon.
But exact dates and locations are still uncertain. Also unclear is what kind of plans FEMA to address the financial needs of thousands of evacuees staying in the area
So I put it before the people of my state, Louisiana, and the American people, did FEMA fail us?
I think it is oh, so obvious, that FEMA is about as reliable right now, as Pat Robertson is in the soul saving game. Try to spin this.