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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Katrina Predictions


This was written in November 2004. Scarily right on the mark! Tragic and true...

Obviously one group didn't see this:
From New Orleans City Business (via AmericaBlog)
In fiscal year 2006, the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is bracing for a record $71.2 million reduction in federal funding.

It would be the largest single-year funding loss ever for the New Orleans district, Corps officials said.

I've been here over 30 years and I've never seen this level of reduction, said Al Naomi, project manager for the New Orleans district. I think part of the problem is it's not so much the reduction, it's the drastic reduction in one fiscal year. It's the immediacy of the reduction that I think is the hardest thing to adapt to.

There is an economic ripple effect, too. The cuts mean major hurricane and flood protection projects will not be awarded to local engineering firms. Also, a study to determine ways to protect the region from a Category 5 hurricane has been shelved for now....

The House of Representatives wants to cut the New Orleans district budget 21 percent to $272.4 million in 2006, down from $343.5 million in 2005. The House figure is about $20 million lower than the president's suggested $290.7 million budget.
Son, money going to be cut is not money that was cut. Plus, you have over how many years of Corps of Engineers projects, year after year that have not been completed. This is not a current administration issue. This is an issue over decades of mis-management by the COE and Congress.
This is really an issue of poor leadership. Everyone on the scene is saying there is no organization. The department of homeland security is actually preventy special amphibious rescue crews from coming to help. FEMA is controlled by a Bush Crony with little to no disaster experience and Bush couldn't peel himself away from his vacation until 2 days after what is probably the biggest natural disaster in the US in the last 100 years. Sorry man, you know I don't like Bush to begin with but this stuff really pisses me off.
Poor Leadership fro every Gov in LA, every President since LA became a state! JFC - ok...where was the leadership with Pres Busy Pants? How come Eco-Wacko Gore did not build the Levees to 100 Feet? You see how stupid this gets when you blame a natural disaster on a person or group. I would not blame any single person for this - even Clinton, Carter, Johnson, Kennedy. Its does not make sense. Ok - the Corps of Engineers built the levees for a Cat 3 with 15 ft storm surge. How the **** can you have a plan for a 50ft storm surge. And this is not just about New Orleans. It's about MS, AL, FL - what would you 'plan? No one can live on the coast since there might be a 25 ft storm surge someday. Turn your lunatic conspiracy crap to another topic. You've lost this one!
I can't believe you don't honestly know what I mean. Tell me why the President didn't cancel his vacation until after the storm hit. Tell me why he is in california playing a guitar with pop stars while people are drowning in their attics. Tell me why he appointed unqualified people to high level FEMA positions. Tell me why the Navy was mobilized before the storm. Tell me why requests from the city for emergency declarations were denied until after the storm. Tell me why special rescue units from Canada were prevented from coming to assist. Are you going to blame this on Clinton, who has been out of office for almost 6 years? Look, Bush slashed the budget and took away a lot of power from FEMA and didn't step up to pick up the slack. So is this total lack of organization any surprise?
N.O. being below sea level is not a current administration issue. I said this goes back to the time N.O. was founded. Every elected official in modern times 1950s forward is accountable for this. Every Corps of Engineers project started in the 1960s that has not been completed is accountable. What is a current administration issue is the anemic response to this crisis. For that, everyone is to blame - Nagin, Blanco, Feds on up to Bush. Martial law should have been declared on Tuesday. There are enough Amry, just Army personnel in the US to take the streets. If we really wanted this to done right, the Marines should have been deployed. After Andrew, Marines were operational in eight hours! It's not too little to late. It's not enough soon enough!
I agree, a total failure of leadership.
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