Katrina, Two Years On August 29, 2007Posted by fitsnews in US Politics.
GULF COAST STILL STRUGGLING TO ITS FEET, GOVERNMENT STILL STRUGGLING WITH EXCUSES
FITSNews – August 29, 2007 – Two disasters befell the Gulf Coast of the United States beginning on August 29, 2005. The first was powerful Hurricane Katrina, which slammed into New Orleans like a freight train causing $80 billion in damage and nearly two thousand fatalities. The second was a slow, discombobulated and woefully inefficient government response that prolonged the agony and wasted billions of taxpayer dollars in the process.
While companies like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, FedEx, Cingular and others quickly found ways to get help where it was needed the most, government bumbled, stumbled and fumbled at every turn, handing out millions in aid to people who had suffered nothing while subjecting refugees who had lost everything to a seemingly impenetrable thicket of red tape. In his book The Politics of Disaster, author Marvin Olasky writes:
Businesses typically respond better than government in crisis situations because successful executives are used to taking risks … government officials tend to wait for a broad consensus to emerge. Companies tend to emphasize specific results rather than vague ideas of social welfare. They also tend to offer powerful incentives and punishments for failure that government jobs with their greater security rarely match.
We had the opportunity to visit New Orleans in March of this year, and while the city center has been almost completely restored, the surrounding suburbs still resemble a vast nuclear wasteland. For literally dozens of miles, tens of thousands of homes and businesses remain blasted out and completely uninhabitable.
This morning, President Bush was in New Orleans to mark the second anniversary of the disaster with a moment of silence. Afterward, Bush told reporters that the federal government is still “paying attention” to the region.
Great. As the saying goes, “with friends like these …”