Our government scares me
I read this article in the NY Times today about how the White House, and Dept. of Homeland Security were aware of the levee breaks earlier than what they initially reported in the media. It's a scary thing that this government knew about the disasterous nature of Katrina, but didn't act quick enough on the relief efforts. It's not a question of why weren't we more prepared, it's a question of, why didn't they move into disaster relief and prevention quicker?
Below is an interesting passage from the article in the NY Times
Representative Thomas M. Davis III, Republican of Virginia, chairman of the special House committee investigating the hurricane response, said the only government agency that performed well was the National Weather Service, which correctly predicted the force of the storm. But no one heeded the message, he said.
"The president is still at his ranch, the vice president is still fly-fishing in Wyoming, the president's chief of staff is in Maine," Mr. Davis said. "In retrospect, don't you think it would have been better to pull together? They should have had better leadership. It is disengagement."