<![CDATA[The collapse of emergency services and the complete bungling by Federal authorities who, nevertheless, say everything's fine and "help is on the way" in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is appalling.
That FEMA yesterday claimed to have enough funding to respond and today is almost out of money is appalling, when this country has been on a war footing prepared for devastating domestic attacks since 2001, is appalling. That Homeland Security is virtually ineffective three days after the hurricane is stark evidence of the poorly conceived policies of the Bush Administration.
That the President's first reaction was to relax pollution control laws, when he failed to get the National Guard in place to remove tens of thousands of poor from New Orleans, a city below sea level, before the hurricane hit, is appalling. He always thinks first of his friends in business.
His talk today, with President Clinton and his father beside him, in which he said the Federal government would do its part, but that the private sector had to do its part, as well, leaves the sacrifices to be made a voluntary effort for the private sector—what Mr. Bush fails to see is that the Federal government is the lever that society can use to act together.
We're witnessing a historic failure of leadership, as profound or more so than any other in U.S. history, because the cares and prosperity of average Americans have been given a lower priority than that of business and the wealthy. Mr. Bush chatters about "the good people" who "have to understand" while those good people are dying and more will die because the long-term priorities established by and hubris of, this Administration. It is appalling.
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