Thank You, Sir. May I Have Another?
Posted by PintofStout on August 29, 2006
You’d have to live under a rock that was under a bigger rock to not know that the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is today. As far as hurricanes go Katrina was big and powerful, but not as big and powerful as it could have been, having subdued from the most powerful ever in the Gulf of Mexico to a category 3 (still nothing to sniff at) before making landfall. The damage done by the hurricane at its landfall was normal for a hurricane; not pretty, but not enough to damage an entire national economy and psyche – that is a job big enough for only a government to pull off.
Hurricane Katrina and the disastrous flooding that followed highlighted the lack of skill, intelligence and utility of government bureaucrats from local government all the way to the president (I refuse to give the honor of a capital P to the large-scale equivalent of a mafia don). From the mismanagement of the levies to the herding of people into the Superdome; from the hobbling of the poor by the welfare state to the abandoning of 911 call centers and policemen leaving their posts; and from slow, incompetent, and incredibly wasteful response from the federal government to the federal government’s forceful monopoly of flood insurance which encouraged building in flood prone areas by reducing the associated costs of such risks and is probably still haunting some who didn’t have it or couldn’t get it, the government at all levels proved a complete failure at its stated primary reason to exist – to protect its citizens.
After such a monumental failure (one in a line of many) have the citizens seen through the façade of benevolent, egalitarian government? No. So many still clamor for the same nincompoops, who wrecked their city and their lives and nearly abandoned them when they had always promised help and protection, to now rebuild what has been destroyed. (This just in: the second little pig has asked the Big Bad Wolf to assist him in rebuilding the stick house that was blown down last week). This is the equivalent of buying a television, taking it home and finding in the box nothing but stones, and then buying a stereo system off the same person.
The hurricane of a year ago and the flooding that followed were devastating to the residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. But the real tragedy is that the victims have learned nothing about why this happened and continue to put their faith, trust, and consent into such a faulty institution. Fool you once, shame on them. Fool you twice, shame on you.