Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Happy congressionally-mandated three-day holiday marking the semi-official end of summer. The traffic back into town should be ratcheting up by now and will be fully unbearable within another couple of hours.
In any case, being stuck in mind numbing traffic is light-years more preferable to being stuck in knee deep water full of sewage and dead bodies while the idiots in charge of FEMA and the National Guard tell the Red Cross to stay out of town. Well they did say please.
From the Red Cross website:
- Access to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders.
- The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.
From Cafe Hayek:
Digest this: government turned away one of the world's most skilled and experienced agencies from bringing relief to starving, thristy, dying New Orleanians. Why? Why? Why???
Yesterday, E.J. Dionne wrote in the Washington Post that major disaster relief cannot be done without government. The truth is that, at the same time the government was proving itself to be utterly incompetent at providing disaster relief, it was doing what it does with unparalleled skill: f*&King things up.
It's interesting that the Red Cross is remaining diplomatic about the whole thing.
TWC, as a matter of course, expects government to fail at every juncture. I expect DMV service, or worse, from every agency. But even as cynical as I am I cannot believe those PFers would prevent the Red Cross from helping. I frequently comment that there is no hope for this country. This time I really think I mean it.