Bush Administration Fails to Help New Orleans

Bush touts Gulf Coast recovery

I know that the business of governance is diverse and complex, but anyone who would give the Bush administration a passing grade, particularly for its performance in the last year or so, ought have their head examined. (For a modest fee, I can make myself available for such a consultation.) The biggest reason to flunk Mr Bush and his inglorious band of flunkies is the unconscionably shoddy response to Hurricane Katrina, past and present, which has left New Orleans (and other areas of the Gulf Coast) in such utter disrepair that it may be years before the city and its residents adequately recover. The gross incompetence, malfeasance, and corruption that has marked—or, more accurately, impeded—the rebuilding efforts and the misery that has resulted from such are shameful. The situation is inexcusable and decidedly unbecoming of a nation as rich as ours. It sickens me, a feeling that grew exponentially after I read an article today on the Common Dreams website by Bill Quigley, who is a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans. Quigley thoroughly documents the many ways in which New Orleans is presently far from recovered and the federal government has failed to offer due relief. I highly recommend the article, which is too lengthy to excerpt but may be found here:

Trying to Make It Home: New Orleans One Year After Katrina

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2 responses

  1. Spike on Katrina part deux

    I watched the second part of Spike Lee documentary on Hurricane Katrina and I wondered why if New Orleans is worth rebuilding or rather saving, as the documentary shows, why more hasn’t been done. I think there are two possible answers to this question. The first is that those who can help haven’t concluded that New Orleans is worth saving or that it is possible to save it without great sacrifices, which they aren’t willing to make. The second is that New Orleans is just no longer a priority now that the intensity of emotions created by the destruction of Katrina has greatly diminished.

  2. I agree with Globalclashes, especially on #2.

    Bush did the same thing to NYC. Right after 9/11, he promised a lot of aid money that simply never materialized. Last Sept, he promised to do “whatever it takes” to rebuild NO; so far, very little has come through. There’s a good New Yorker article on NO in last week’s issue.

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