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Saturday, September 03, 2005
  The US Government's Response to Katrina...
Have you been watching the news lately??

I think it's an absolute attrocity the way the US is handling the situation in New Orleans, and surrounding areas following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina... I hope that everyone pays attention to what has, and continues to go on here, because it proves something that I've felt for a long time... The US Government is pretty useless at taking care of their own people but they figure they're experts are running around the planet (like Team America) trying to sort out the problems of other nations...

I'm sure other media will do a better job than I will at presenting any of the facts, so don't quote me on this stuff, but we were just watching CNN and Geraldo is down at the Convention Centre there in New Orleans (he flew in from New York), and there are literally THOUSANDS of people there, 6 days after the hurricane, still no food, no water, no medicine and no buses... You're telling me the US Military with it's billion, if not trillions of dollars can't roll some tanks or hovercrafts or drop in supplies or something, gimme a freaking break... It's complete chaos and anarchy and it's making Bush and his entire government look like complete asses...

So let me get this straight, Geraldo Rivera can stroll into New Orleans and get to the people in need, but the aid agencies can't?? Does Geraldo have f'ing super powers or something?

Another thing I'm peeved about is the requests for donations from Canadians... Wait a minute, the US spends BILLIONS, and BILLIONS of dollars on warfare around the world, and they can't feed and shelter their own people after a hurricane?? Screw them... Don't get me wrong, I feel for the people in need and it brings tears to my eyes seeing what they're going through, but they've got to take responsibility and look at the government that they've put in power... I'm not going to contribute to fixing their mess, I would rather assume that a sovereign nation can take responsibility for what happens inside it's border...
Consider this... In early 2001 (before 9/11) FEMA did a study and determined the three most likely major disasters to happen to the US were:
1) Terrorist attack in NYC
2) Category 4 or 5 hurricane hitting New Orleans and causing catastrophic flood damage
3) major earthquake in San Francisco.

It has now been 4 years since 9/11.... 4 years that the US gov has had to plan for exactly this scenario. And just this past year the Bush Administration cut $70 million from the US Army Corps of Engineers' budget for the New Orleans District. It is the US Army Corps that is responsible for the levees around New Orleans....

If this doesn't cause the American people to hold their government accountable they don't deserve the democracy their founding fathers built.
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