But I will. Just this once. Perhaps. I'm getting annoyed with some of the exchange I'm hearing in various circles. Have to get this off my chest.
I'm just shocked at the fact that this scenario was disaster planned 13 months ago (according to 9/3/05 Chicago Tribune, front page story) but everyone seems to have been caught with their pants down (local, state and federal government).
And I heard on a show today something interesting. People are saying "let's not point fingers now...let's get these people some help." Well, OK, I'm doing everything in my power to get help down there...sending things, making lists of supplies, compiling lists of locations to receive donations, planning a garage sale fundraiser, sending a financial contribution, offering my name and number to breastfeeding mothers needing help, etc. But then I still have a little time left for dialoge and hand-wringing. If NOW isn't the time to talk about what didn't go right with this relief effort, WHEN IS?
Should we just be complacent and say "well, we as a country did well enough. Yeah, a lot of people died, but a lot survived too." Is that really good enough? I for one don't think that taking a critical eye to our government and complaining about what it's doing poorly (again, local, state AND federal) is bad. I think it's exactly what we as citizens should do. Because personally I think the government (local...state...federal) could have done a better job. I think the looting is EASY to predict and anticipate. There's ALWAYS looting after major disasters like this, some people get desperate and need food/supplies...others are taking advantage of the situation (and are horrible people, IMHO.) Security and order should have been top priorities along WITH search and rescue.
Meanwhile, another thing I heard tonight that I think should really be talked about but hasn't been reported in the press yet...is...the gulf is 2 degrees warmer than average right now. The warmer the water is, the more powerful the storms can get. The water is warm because of global warming. We are basically cooking our environment into a situation where it can create these storms on steroids. We should be having a long, hard talk about environmental issues. If not now, then when?