Jackson Square before the hurricane
Let's make one thing clear. I have shed many tears watching the unimaginable devastation and loss that people are suffering in New Orleans.
But I am also angry at the mental midgets who didn't have a better plan for the day that came. I think the people that run that city and state didn't do their jobs in preparing for a hurricane of Katrina's magnitude. They didn't have an evacuation plan for the sick and the poor. They didn't have a contingency plan if the levees broke. They didn't put much thought into the demands of housing thousands of people in the Superdome.
THEY ARE IDIOTS.
Here's something from Richard Roeper's column in the Chicago Sun-Times that I found interesting:
"Amid this maelstrom, the estimated 200,000 or more people left behind in an evacuation will be struggling to survive. Some will be housed at the Superdome, the designated shelter . . . for people too sick or infirm to leave the city. Others will end up in last-minute emergency refuges that will offer minimal safety. But many will simply be on their own, in homes or looking for high ground.
"Thousands will drown while trapped in homes or cars by rising water. Others will be washed away or crushed by debris. Survivors will end up trapped on roofs, in buildings or on high ground surrounded by water, with no means of escape and little food or fresh water, perhaps for several days."
That quote is from a five part series from the Times-Picayune written in 2002 about what would happen if a major hurricane struck.
And every word of that has come true.
The people who run the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana have proved they are incompetent when it comes to preparing and responding to a disaster.
I also wonder what precautions were in place to make sure that the building codes demanded hurricane worthy construction?
Earlier I wondered why a request for 20 million in federal funds for the levees was turned down. Someone in a comment made a more important point: Where is all the money -- about a million a day -- from the casinos? What was it used for?
While we're at it, who has been doing the upkeep on these levees? One wonders if the money spent was money not properly put to use.
New Orleans has been a hotbed of corruption for decades. Katrina was a killer storm. But scratch the mud she left behind and I bet there's plenty of local blame to go around.
NOTE: I also think that if the Twin Towers had been built properly, they wouldn't have collapsed. For starters, I think the steel was bad. So that should give you some idea where my head is.