A Congressional Budget Office assessment of the first government estimate of Katrina’s economic impact obtained by AP News looks bleak, very bleak. “Hurricane Katrina will reduce employment by 400,000 people in coming months while trimming economic growth by as much as a full percentage point in the second half of this year.”
Last week, Senator John Kerry said that Congress would have to consider hurricane-related communications failures in the context of new bills to set a hard date for the return of analog spectrum. Continue reading
It’s time for resignations and rolling heads… AP News reports that Michael Brown was a little slow in sending a memo to Chertoff requesting help for what he termed a “near catastrophic event”. Are these people just plain DAFT? The government’s disaster chief waited until hours after Hurricane Katrina had already struck the Gulf Coast before asking his boss to dispatch 1,000 Homeland Security employees to the region — and gave them two days to arrive, according to internal documents.
If you haven’t caught the video of Tim Russert on The Daily Imus, it’s a must watch… You can catch it here courtesy of TheKid. Here’s a few quips from the transcript: Imus: “What Happened?” NBC’s Tim Russert: “We don’t know but we do know the following…Why weren’t troops pre-positioned? Why weren’t supplies pre-positioned, in a way, in a capacity that could deal with hundreds of thousands of evacuees? The one thing that government is suppose to do, the reason we have a government is to protect its people. And the local, state and federal government has failed miserably in protecting its people. No one can question that. Now we have to find out exactly who did not fulfill their … Continue reading
Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and wife Shonda connected with a family needing housing through Web site, openyourhome.com, which matches displaced families with people willing to house them. The Schillings registered Friday and on Saturday anonymously arranged for the Fields family, with seven children between the ages of 5 and 12, to fly to Boston and provide them with housing for a year.
Eugene Robinson asks “Now what?” in today’s WaPo. After a tragically incompetent beginning, the effort to give urgent care to the multitudes from New Orleans whose homes and livelihoods have been obliterated is finally in high gear. The problem now is that nobody knows where it’s headed. At the top, things are still hopeless…
AFP News offers a little round up of “combative interviews and scathing commentary” against “government officials” in the wake of the Katrina disaster. As the scale of carnage became clear and the government was seen as tardy in its response, TV news anchors and reporters dropped their dispassionate reserve in favour of stinging comments straight from the heart.
Keith Olbermann packed a whallop on Countdown tonight – “The “city” of Louisiana”. The hits to the Bush administration keep on coming… Watch the video here – Hat tip to Canofun.com SECAUCUS — Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said it all, starting his news briefing Saturday afternoon: “Louisiana is a city that is largely underwater…” Well there’s your problem right there.